Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Dual Degree MSW/MJ in Child and Family Law


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Dual Degree MSW/MJ in Child and Family Law

Format: Online

Program Description:

The School of Law at Loyola offers the Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) degree to professionals working in the field of child welfare who do not want to practice law but who wish to seek a deeper understanding of the laws affecting children and families. This program focuses on the complex social and legal issues affecting children and families in child welfare.

This program allows those seeking leadership positions in child and family welfare and advocacy to earn their MSW in tandem with their MJ degree. The MJ degree is offered 100% online, and both degrees can be earned in a total of three years for full time students.

Program benefits

  • Study at Loyola's well-established, highly respected Schools of Social Work and Law.
  • 100% online MJ is led by a faculty of law practitioners who both teach and practice in the various facets of child law and policy.


The MSW/MJ in Child and Family Law program blends coursework from both the School of Social Work and the School of Law. MJ students may receive a dual MJ/MSW degree in three years of concentrated study rather than the four years it would take if each degree were pursued separately. Students must apply and be accepted by both programs.

For the MSW part of the program, students with a bachelor's degree should follow the traditional MSW curriculum requirements. However, instead of the 60 required MSW credit hours and 24 required MJ credit hours, dual degree students are required to complete a total of 54 MSW credit hours and 18 MJ credit hours. Dual degree students are still required to take all MSW required courses, but will take 6 credits less in their electives (2 courses, typically). For the MJ portion of the program, students are still required to take 3 of the required foundational courses from the MJ program (LAW 665, LAW 667, and LAW 668), but in lieu of the LAW 677: MJ Thesis/Capstone course, dual degree students will take SOWK 606: Practice in Research. Please note: students must consult with both their law school thesis advisor and social work instructor to ensure their research practicum meets the requirements for both schools, i.e. a legal aspect incorporated into the assignment.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

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Locale: Large City

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