Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work


Maguire Hall, 5th Floor

1 E. Pearson Street

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Social Work

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Master's in Social Work degree is a two-year program offering advanced practice training in clinical, school and community settings. Graduates of this program are well positioned for leadership roles in clinical, human services, outreach, and development settings.

Students in the Master's in Social Work program can take one of two tracks: 1) the clinical track, which includes health, children and families, school social work, mental health specialities, as well as subspecialties in advanced family treatment, gero-ed, migration studies, and group work 2) the leadership and development track, which emphasizes skills in administration, nonprofit management, grant-writing, staff supervision, and program development.

Upon completion of the program, students have completed the education requirements for the LSW and the LCSW licenses. 

Program benefits

  • Earn your degree from an accredited, nonprofit college rated #38 in the nation for graduate social work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Benefit from Loyola's 300 agency/nonprofit partnerships for fieldwork.
  • Advance-standing options available for students who received a BSW degree within the past five years.
  • Focus on your specialty through the clinical or leadership and development tracks.
  • Online courses and blended online/in-person courses available


The MSW program requires completion of 60 credit hours, including two internships totaling 1,200 hours. The program takes two years to complete if you are attending full time (four classes per semester plus two classes in the summer) or four years if you are attending part time (two classes per semester). 


The first internship is 480 hours, performed at the rate of 16 hours per week on Tuesday and Thursday during normal business hours. The second internship is 720 hours performed at the rate of 24 hours per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during normal business hours.

A limited number of summer block internships are available for one of the internships. The block consists of 35-40 hours per week, Monday–Friday, again during normal business hours.



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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