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Master of Social Work

Earn a higher degree — for an even higher purpose.

Loyola University Chicago offers a Master of Social Work Program in partnership with Carthage College. Attend classes once a week on the Carthage campus, studying with a small cohort of professionals.

  • Earn your Master of Social Work (MSW) in 14-24 months, depending on the degree path you choose.
  • Study in a beautiful setting with all the resources and services available to full-time Carthage students.
  • Build knowledge and skill in case advocacy, social service advocacy, assessing community needs, and developing/evaluating clinically effective programs.
  • Become eligible for licenses in clinical social work in both Wisconsin and Illinois.
  • Obtain additional certification in school social work and other areas for professional growth and enrichment.

Choose Your Path

A professor talks to MSW students during a class at Carthage College.

Traditional Program


60 credits, 24 months

The traditional MSW degree is offered as a 60-credit, 24-month program. In your first year, take courses that focus on foundation generalist social work practice. Along with coursework, you will be required to complete an internship and integrative seminar classes. The second-year curriculum focuses on a specialization that you select. The second-year internship focuses on clinical social work.

Requirements for the MSW degree:
The School of Social Work will recommend that Loyola University Chicago confers the degree of Master of Social Work on a candidate who has completed these requirements:

  • Admission to the School of Social Work, with all records from other institutions
  • Successful completion of all coursework
  • Satisfactory accumulation of 60 semester credit hours within four years of commencement of study
  • Completion of at least two courses in each fall or spring semester
  • Three semester credit hours of fieldwork courses
  • Fully paid financial obligations to Loyola University Chicago

Advanced Standing Program


34 credits, 14 months

Candidates for the Loyola MSW program who hold a bachelor’s degree in social work may be eligible for advanced standing admission. Students in the advanced standing program are required to complete 34 hours of graduate credit, including one field placement for one academic year. This group completes Summer Session II and then joins the second-year students.

Requirements for the MSW degree:
The School of Social Work will recommend that Loyola University Chicago confers the degree of Master of Social Work on a candidate who has completed these requirements:

  • Admission to the School of Social Work, with all records from other institutions
  • Successful completion of all coursework
  • Satisfactory accumulation of 34 semester credit hours within four years of commencement of study (this may be reduced by approved transfer credit or equivalency for BSW coursework)
  • Completion of at least two courses in each fall and spring semester
  • Two semester credit hours of fieldwork courses
  • Fully paid financial obligations to Loyola University Chicago

Master of Social Work students laugh during a class discussion.

Why Carthage?


Loyola MSW at Carthage represents the best of both worlds: a large university’s faculty and curriculum and a small liberal arts college’s service and responsiveness. The program prepares students with the skills needed to work on behalf of individuals, families, and small groups in a variety of settings.

Established in 1914, the Loyola University MSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Higher Learning Commission. The program began at Carthage in May 2001.

 

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