Five-Year BSW/MSW Program
The complexity of modern societal systems, such as the child welfare and mental health systems, makes the MSW degree a requirement for many positions. Students who earn both the bachelor's and master's degrees in social work enjoy increased career mobility and a wider scope of job prospects in clinical work, supervision and administration.
Loyola University Chicago offers one of the only combined BSW/MSW degree program in the United States that allows full-time students to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in social work in just five years. Students earn a BSW in Social Work, blending a top-quality social work curriculum with a strong liberal arts base. Because many first-year MSW requirements are completed during the student's undergraduate years, the MSW degree portion of the program, conferred through Loyola's School of Social Work, can be completed in much less time than normally required to earn a MSW in social work.
ALL BSW students must declare their intention to opt in or opt out of the 5 year program by November 1st of their Senior year.
Requirements for those wishing to pursue the 5 year MSW program:
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 at start of Senior year
- 3.25 overall GPA in BSW courses taken to date
- At least a grade of B in SOWK Practice I
- At least a grade of B in SOWK 330 Field I
- The BSW degree can be completed by the end of summer session – between May graduation and fall semester.
Note: Students who are ineligible for the 5 Year program may be eligible to apply for “Advanced Standing” in the School of Social Work and should contact Danielle Pernini at firstname.lastname@example.org.