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Social Work (MSW)

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is designed to prepare you for advanced social work, with an emphasis on community practice. It exists as a partnership between students, agencies and the university whose representatives work to create a curriculum that prepares you for lifelong learning and models progressive social work practice.

This degree will prepare you for work and leadership in human service organizations (child welfare, health and mental health, community planning, family services, etc.). The goals of the program are to:

  • Support rigorous study and scholarship that directly informs integrative practice
  • Present learning and organizational context that appreciates human diversity and facilitates social and economic justice
  • Collaborate with other units of the university and with community partners to improve the welfare of historically oppressed populations and communities
  • Provide professional education in ethical community-based practice with individuals, family groups, community organizations and institutions

Real-World Experience

You will obtain field-based experience (by way of two required year-long internships or practica) and knowledge that will prepare you effectively for employment and licensure as a professional social worker. The curriculum is grounded equally in theory and application, providing you with transferrable skills that should serve you well not just in your job held upon graduation but in your careers.

Program Highlights

Our MSW degree is innovative in its curriculum, offering rigorous study of community-based practice and acquisition of skills and knowledge that will enhance and improve social welfare in the Chicago urban center.

The program extends DePaul's global Vincentian mission of service to marginalized groups. It is designed to foster excellence in community-based practice with an emphasis on ethics, leadership and scholarship.

Program Structure

The curriculum consists of foundation (beginning) and concentration (or advanced) content ranging from professional writing, human behavior, social welfare policy, social work research, program evaluation, fund development, and beginning and advanced community practice. The advanced coursework adds value to the degree by distinguishing it from other MSW programs in the region.

Program Length

You'll be required to complete 88 credit hours; this includes 24 hours of field education. The program can be completed in either a full-time (two years) or part-time (four years) basis.

Flexible Locations and Times

In the part-time program, all courses are taught either on weekday evenings or on Saturdays.