Dominican University’s Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution (MCR)/Master of Social Work (MSW) dual-degree program is for dedicated professionals who want to improve their communities and their world. Graduates would be qualified as social workers and mediators.

Our MCR/MSW program requires a reduced number of hours for each degree—allowing you to earn both degrees in a shorter period of time and at a lower cost than if you completed them separately. The degrees complement each other; you will have an opportunity to thoroughly explore the growing importance of conflict resolution in social services.

Upon completion of the program, you will earn two degrees: an MSW from Dominican’s School of Social Work and an MCR from our College of Applied Social Sciences. SSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). You must apply and be admitted to both schools.

MCR courses are offered mainly online. Two intensives are completed at Dominican’s River Forest campus. MSW courses can be completed in the evenings at Dominican’s River Forest campus or at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake.

Prospects must apply separately and gain admission to both programs by meeting the existing admission standards of each. A student who is currently enrolled in one of the individual programs and would like to transfer into the dual degree program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, in addition to satisfying the other requirements for admission to the second program. The tuition rate for the dual degree program is reduced for affordability.

Students with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and who are eligible for Advanced Standing can have their foundation social work course requirements waived. Advanced Standing students need to complete a minimum of 51 graduate hours at Dominican to earn both the MCR and MSW degrees.