The M.S.W. degree offered by Loyola University Chicago is distinctive for its emphasis on the clinical skills and knowledge required to assist people in positive growth and development. The M.S.W. degree offers opportunities for advanced practice in Clinical Social Work or Leadership and Development in the Social Services. Students interested in clinical practice can specialize in health, children and families, schools, and mental health, while LDSS students learn strategies for effective non-profit management, grant-writing, staff supervision, and other leadership skills. Examples of practice in which solid clinical knowledge is important include: community mental health, children's services, school social work and social work in health-care settings.
Loyola University Chicago's School of Social Work offers a Traditional MSW Program at Loyola's MSW Program at Carthage. The traditional program takes 26 months to complete the 60 credits required for the degree.
Traditional students take courses during their first year that focus on foundation generalist social work practice. Along with coursework, students are required to complete an internship and integrative seminar classes. First year students complete a 500 hour internship and are usually placed at an agency two days a week.
In the second year of the traditional program, the curriculum focuses on a selected Domain of Practice. At the beginning of the second year, students choose an area of specialization. Students choose classes reflective of their area of specialization. The second year internship also focuses on the chosen area of specialization and students are required to complete 720 hours at a specified agency. Students should work out their schedules keeping in mind the needs of the agency.