College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Social Work > Graduate Programs > Social Work (MSW)
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program will prepare you for advanced social work, with attention to professional ethics, respect for human rights and recognition of the inherent dignity of all people. The curriculum is grounded equally in theory and practical application. Choose from one of two concentrations:
You’ll be grouped in a small cohort, which enables you to get to know your colleagues and receive individualized attention from your professors.
DePaul’s MSW program is offered on the Loop Campus and can be completed on either a full-time (two years) or part-time (options for three years or four years) basis. Classes are held on weekday afternoons and evenings. Field placements will require daytime availability and are offered across the Chicago area.
Chicago is home to hundreds of social service agencies and nonprofits, and with our partnerships you'll gain hands-on experience in an area that interests you. As part of the MSW degree program, you’ll complete two
field experiences with agencies like Catholic Charities, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Friedman Place, and DePaul Family and Community Services.
For admission in the autumn quarter, the deadline for full-time applicants is May 1 (or until the cohort is filled), and the deadline for part-time applicants is July 1.
Submit an online application, résumé/CV, personal statement, two letters of reference and official transcripts.
You’ll take 11 foundation courses and nine courses in your concentration, including field placements.
of employed 2016 DePaul MSW graduates are in a job related to their degree
As a student in the MSW degree program, you’ll study and research with caring, knowledgeable faculty members and active practitioners committed to your success. Assistant Professor Maria Ferrara, a licensed clinical social worker in the areas of child welfare and medical social work, works in Chicago’s immigrant communities. Her research has been published in Critical Public Health, the Family and Community Health Journal, and the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, among others.
“The DePaul MSW program provided me with a well-rounded social work education. The MSW faculty encourage class discussions and participation that allows for consideration of diverse points of view. Learning from my classmates made me a more mindful and empathetic person. The faculty also used current social and political issues and pop culture in the classroom to demonstrate concepts and theories we learned in our books. This model of learning forces critical thinking and has made me more analytical of the world around me.”
Connect with MSW alumni working across the Chicago area at organizations and agencies like AmeriCorps, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. You'll also be connected to the wider network of over 180,000 DePaul alumni.
Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.
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