Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

MJ and MSW Dual Degree

Students may choose to pursue the dual degree in order to obtain both degrees in less time than it would take to obtain each degree separately.  Rather than 4-5 years, it would take 3 years if attending full-time.  The Social Work program is only offered on campus.  The MJ portion of the degree remains online.

Curriculum Requirements for the MJ/MSW

Instead of the 24 required MJ credit hours, dual degree students are required to complete a total of 18 MJ credit hours and 54 MSW credit hours.  They are still required to take 3 of the required courses from the MJ program (LAW 665, LAW 667 and LAW 668), but in lieu of the LAW 677: MJ Thesis/Capstone course, dual degree students will take SOWK 606: Practice in Research*

A sample course schedule for dual degree students can be found here.

*MJ students must consult with both their law school thesis advisor and social work instructor to ensure their research practicum meets the requirement for both schools, i.e., a legal aspect incorporated in to the assignment.

Applying for the MJ/MSW Dual Degree

Students applying to the dual degree program in Social Work (MJ/MSW) must have their application in no later than July 1 for the Fall term and November 1 for the Spring term due to the nature of the School of Social Work program schedule.

To apply, applicants must complete an online application and indicate they are applying for the MSW/MJ in Children’s Law and Policy.  Applicants are required to complete and submit a separate Statement of Purpose/Essay for each program.  Both programs can access and use additional application materials such as:  a resume, transcripts and letters of recommendation, therefore those materials only need to be submitted once in to the online application system.


Tuition and fees for all law graduate programs are set by the Office of the Bursar. Tuition is generally set per credit hour with the exception of a few courses with set fees, as indicated on the tuition page. Fees do not include the cost of textbooks.

Feel free to visit Loyola’s Financial Aid Office for information on financial aid.