Loyola University Chicago Online MSW Program

Loyola University Chicago (LUC) offers a MSW in a shorter amount of time – 10 months (full-time) and two years (part-time). The Advanced Standing Program is designed for students who have earned their BSW from a CSWE-accredited institution.  This program benefits those who would like an accelerated schedule, to choose a specification, and to make professional connections through field work/internships at partner agencies/non-profit organizations.

Students in the program complete coursework in the following areas:

  • Training in clinical, school, and community settings
  • Preparing for leadership roles in clinical, human services, outreach, and developmental settings
  • Developing skills in a clinical track which includes health, children and families, school social work, and mental health specialties
  • Developing skills in advanced family treatment, forensic mental health, migration studies, and group work
  • Understanding leadership and development to aid skills in administration, non-profit management, grant writing, staff support, and program development

Advanced Standing Track

The MSW program requires completion of 28 credit hours, including a 720-hour internship. The program takes 10 months to complete if you are going full time (four classes per semester plus fieldwork) or two years if you are going part time (two classes per semester). 

The MSW Advanced Standing requires a 720-hour internship, performed at the rate of 24 hours per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during normal business hours. Students work with internship coordinators to secure their internship placements. 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 - during normal business hours.

Advanced Standing students automatically receive 32 credit hours for the nine courses listed below. Students will complete 28 credit hours based on the requirements of their specialization curriculum.

Loyola University Chicago Online MSW Programs: Overview

Department: School of Social Work

Degree Types: Full-Program and Advanced Standing

Concentrations: Children and Families, Health, Leadership and Development in Social Services (LDSS), Mental Health, Schools

Program Structure: Online

Program Information

Program Overview

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 720-hour internship
  • Number of Credits Required: 28 credits needed to graduate

Program Length

  • Program Length: 10 months (full-time); two years (part-time);
  • Program Start Dates: Fall Admission (August)

Admission Requirements

  • GPA:  Overall GPA of 3.0 or above,  3.25 GPA or above in social work courses.

Students who do not meet the criteria above may still apply to the MSW Traditional program and be considered for transfer credit for any social work courses that earned a B grade or higher.

  • GRE Information: Not required



Online Program Structure: No Campus Visits Required 

Degree Program: Advanced Standing Students

Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options

Field Education Requirements: 720 hours per semester

Concentration: Advanced Generalist Practice – Children and Families; Health; Leadership and Development in Social Services (LDSS); Mental Health; Schools



Please take a minute and read our disclaimers page as licensing requirements for social workers vary by state. Prospective students should check with their state’s social work licensing board and speak with an admissions counselor about state specific requirements before applying to a program. Overall tuition costs are estimated based on the cost per credit hour multiplied by the number of credits needed to graduate. Tuition rates displayed on the site are not guaranteed and may not include university fees or other expenses. For the most up-to-date information, speak with an admission advisor for current tuition rates.