Whether you’re changing careers or already a social worker, Dominican University’s MSW program will prepare you for the competent practice of globally focused, family-centered social work.

Dominican’s MSW, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), is 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.

For students choosing to specialize, we offer certificates in gerontology, child welfare and school social work, as well as a military social work concentration—each of which can be earned alongside your master’s degree with no additional coursework. For social work professionals who already have an MSW, we offer several non-degree certificate programs that will help advance your career.

If you want to combine social work with a career in business or information studies, consider a dual master’s degree program with our Brennan School of Business (MSW/MBA) or our School of Information Studies (MSW/MLIS).

Multiple Ways to Reach Your Goal

The MSW requires 60 credit hours of coursework, including 1,080 hours of fieldwork and related field practicum courses. The program offers a variety of ways to pursue your degree.

  • Two years of full-time study or three years of studying part time
  • Classes are conveniently scheduled: daytime, evenings and a few on weekends
  • Selected courses are offered online
  • Onsite classes are offered at our campus in River Forest or at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake
Our Faculty 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 social workers
  • Medical social workers
  • Mental health social workers
  • Military social workers
  • School social workers
  • Therapists
  • Child welfare social workers
Expand Your 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, and the average student age is 32.3.

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