At Dominican University, earn both a bachelor’s degree and an MSW in just five years—saving you time and money. Gain the skills and experience you need to bring about positive change in our world.

We will help turn your passion for social justice and service into a career. And our pathway to the MSW you need takes just five years—so you will reach your goal quickly. As an undergraduate, you can choose among majors in psychology, sociology and criminology. MSW classes begin in your junior year with just ten courses remaining to complete your master’s after you earn your bachelor’s degree.

Dominican’s School of Social Work, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), offers an interdisciplinary, family-centered and globally focused program that prepares you to give compassionate service and make a difference in our rapidly changing world. Our curriculum spotlights gerontology as well as global issues, and field placements in the Chicago area, nationally and internationally give you valuable real-world experiences.

Five-Year BA-MSW Program Highlights
  • 60 credit hours of coursework, including 1,080 hours of fieldwork and related field practicum courses
  • Five years of full-time study including two summer courses
  • Four required field placement courses give you the hands-on experience you need for a successful career in social work
  • Optional 10-week international field placements offer the chance to work in critical settings.
  • Courses offered at our River Forest campus, University Center of Lake County
  • Faculty members bring years of real-world practice and experience to the classroom
Dominican Also Offers Specializations and Certificates

In high-demand areas:

  • Gerontology
  • Military social work
  • Child welfare social work
  • School social work
Our Faculty Members Are Top Professionals

And experts in wide-ranging fields:

  • Schools
  • Child welfare services
  • Developmental disabilities programs
  • Domestic violence prevention services
  • Health/mental health settings
  • Human trafficking prevention services
  • Substance abuse facilities
  • Private practice
  • International community development

Their life experience helps them prepare you for successful fieldwork wherever you choose

Many Career Options

You will find Dominican graduates working in an array of social-work specializations. Among them:

  • Aging care specialists
  • Licensed clinical social workers (3,000 hours of supervised practice necessary to sit for LCSW)
  • Medical social workers
  • Mental health social workers
  • Military social workers
  • School social workers
  • Therapists
  • Child welfare social workers
Build a Network

Our classes are small and learning is team based, so you will get to know your professors as well as your fellow students. All will become key members of your professional network, which will also include our 850 alums, who are already leading social change with organizations in Chicago and beyond.

The Dominican Difference

Our mission guides us to advocate for human rights and social and economic justice for all persons including socially excluded populations, and to promote human and community well-being. Both our faculty and our student body are ethnically diverse.

Next Steps
  • Complete a graduate application for the Bachelor of Arts/MSW program option (psychology or sociology and criminology) and submit a Declaration of Interest form in fall of your sophomore year.
  • Meet with undergraduate and graduate advisors to ensure you’ll meet the coursework and academic requirements for admission to the MSW program.
  • Meet all admission requirements for the MSW. Admission is not guaranteed.
  • Read more about admission requirements and the application process.
Financial Aid

Dominican University participates in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program and Graduate PLUS Loan program. To apply for federal student loans students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete a Dominican University Graduate Loan Packet Loan Request Form. Graduate students must be enrolled at least half time to be eligible for federal loans. For more information, contact Dominican’s Financial Aid Office at or call 708-524-6809.

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