Dual Degree - M.S.W. & M.A. in Social Justice
The M.A. in Social Justice/Master of Social Work
Loyola's School of Social Work (SSW) and Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS) offer the MSW/MASJ. This dual-degree program recognizes that social work and social justice work often inform one another and overlap in terms of content and philosophy. It is a 75-Credit hour program, best accomplished in three years, including summers.
Students accepted to the Dual Degree are students in both SSW and IPS. As MSW candidates, they are part of the Leadership and Development in the Social Services (LDSS) track, which emphasizes skills in non-profit management, grant-writing, staff supervision, and program development. As MASJ students, they develop strong historical, philosophical, theological and practical social justice and community development knowledge and approaches.
Applicants for the dual degree should apply for admission to both programs using one application, indicating their intent to pursue MSW/MASJ. (Please be sure to provide the Statements of Purpose for BOTH programs with your application.)
The MSW/MASJ is ideal for those who see a role for themselves in a variety of organizations serving individuals and communities, as well as organizations doing advocacy work for social change. The MSW/MASJ stresses collaborative and community work, not individual therapeutic relationships, and does not provide for social work specializations in these relationships. Instead, the MSW/MASJ seeks to create leaders for the transformational organizations in local and global communities while also providing a solid theoretical basis for the work of change. With this dual Masters degree, graduates will be credentialed in the skills required for both.