Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Online Statistics

All admitted MSW students must meet the School of Social Work's Statistics Requirement. Statistics courses taken within the past four years of a student's start term with an earned  grade of "C" will automatically count toward the statistics requirement. Admitted students who do not meet the above terms at the point of admission must fulfill the statistics requirement by the end of their start term.

The School of Social Work offers an online statistics course, Introduction to Social Statistics, for admitted MSW students. This is a 8 to 10 week (non-credit) online course that can be taken prior or during a student's start term. The course fee is $550 and full payment is required to registered.

Course Objectives:

  • To familiarize students with the role of social statistics in social work research.
  • To familiarize students with the basic concepts of statistics.

Educational Outcomes: It is expected that at the completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Identify statistical procedures used in research reports.
  • Interpret elementary statistics used in reporting of social work research.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of statistical methods used by researchers.


Summer Statistics 2018

Registration for the Summer 2018 Online Statistics class has closed.

Fall Statistics 2018

This course begins August 27 and concludes October 19, 2018 You CANNOT enroll in this course via LOCUS; you can register for this course by selecting the Spring 2018 class link below:
Fall 2018 Online Statistics Course


Class Details

Online Stats FAQs

Stats Syllabus

Instructional Description

Text book: Statistics for Social Workers by Weinbach & Grinnell. [Editions 7, 8, & 9 are acceptable.]

The digital text from CourseSmart is available to rent for $65.99. Please check  www.coursesmart.com/ for more information.

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics. This course is designed to meet the requirements of incoming masters level social work students. Therefore, it is expected that students will have little or no background in statistical methods with the exception of students who have taken statistics but not within the required period of time. Students will be exposed to elementary data analysis techniques which use statistics in order to interpret findings reported in the social work research literature.

Note: It is mandatory to use your LUC email address when registering for this course. The course does not exist in LOCUS, but course materials will be available on Sakai. You will receive course instructions on accessing SAKAI using your LUC UVID a week or so before the start of the course.