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.
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
- 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
- Provide professional education in ethical community-based
practice with individuals, family groups, community organizations and
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 transferable skills that should
serve you well not just in your job held upon graduation but in your careers.
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
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
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.
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.