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Master of Social Work

Dominican University's MSW program will equip students with new knowledge to address domestic and international social work issues. Its globally focused and family centered concentration will prepare students to change the world, make a strong impact in the field of social work, and lead a meaningful life.

Delivery Method

Choose evening classes (6 - 9 pm) with on-site faculty instruction. A fully online option is also available.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • Baccalaureate or BSW degree from an accredited university or college

  • Completed application form, personal statement and resume

  • Official transcripts from baccalaureate institution and each college where graduate credit was earned

  • Two letters of recommendation with at least one letter from an academic reference and one from professional reference

  • GRE is not required

  • Statistics prerequisite

Transfer Policy

Credits considered for transfer must be completed within six years of matriculation. Students who have taken graduate courses at another accredited institution may transfer up to 6 semester hours of credit toward the MSW. A minimum grade of B is required for transfer credit.

Special Characteristics

  • The first MSW program in Illinois to specialize in this globally focused, family centered curriculum. It equips students to work with international clients in their domestic practice as well as to contribute to global problem-solving and social work's development around the world.

  • All foundation courses are infused with gerontological competencies and certification in Gerontological Social Work is available.

  • SSW provides domestic and international field placement opportunities for students to practice social work at the micro or clinical level as well as at the macro or social development level.

  • SSW offers licensure for students interested in becoming a school social worker.

  • MSW program stresses a gerontological emphasis, which is infused in the foundation course content, exercises and assignments.

  • SSW now offers to all MSW students a Concentration in Working with the Military and their Families. The Military Concentration will train MSW students in the knowledge and skills necessary to work with service members, vets, and their families.

  • Students can also pursue a graduate certificate in child welfare in conjunction with the MSW.