Social Work (Professional Program: MSW)

Admission Requirements

  • Prior Degrees Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university. 
  • Prerequisite Courses Liberal arts background consisting of credit received on the collegiate level in the following area: Social and Behavioral Sciences (20 semester/30 quarter hours). Statistics course passed with a minimum grade of C.
  • Grade Point Average At least 2.75/4.00 for the final 60 semester/90 quarter hours of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required None.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Test); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (revised Paper-Delivered Test), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Resume Required.
  • Personal Statement Applicants may enter up to 100 words per question. All questions on the application must be submitted.
  • Academic Transcripts Applicants must upload and submit official academic transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate schools attended. UIC undergraduate students will not need to submit credentials for UIC course work. A UIC transcript will post to the application within a day or two of submission.
  • Letters of Reference Three letters of reference required. The university will automatically contact the references' email to request an electronic letter of recommendation. 
  • Interviews Required for transfer applicants.  All other interviews are at the discretion of the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid.
  • Deadlines The minimum requirements and supporting documentation MUST be received by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by June 30 WITHOUT EXCEPTIONS.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The complete application is taken into consideration during the application review process.  All complete applications submitted by the deadline are reviewed and given consideration.​

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 62 
  • Course Work  The program requires 28 semester hours of Generalist coursework and 34 semester hours of Advanced Specialization course work. 

​Generalist Coursework

The Generalist portion of the MSW curriculum is completed in the first year for Full-Time students, and in the first and second year for PM-Extended students.

Required Courses
Practice I: Generalist Practice with Individuals and Organizations
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Policy I: Social Welfare Policy and Services
Field Instruction I
Practice II: Generalist Practice with Families, Groups, and Communities
Critical Social Work in a Multicultural Society
Research I: Social Work Research
Field Instruction II

Full-Time Students, Generalist Coursework Plan of Study

Fall Semester (14 semester hours)
Practice I: Generalist Practice with Individuals and Organizations
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Policy I: Social Welfare Policy and Services
Field Instruction I
Spring Semester (14 Semester Hours)
Practice II: Generalist Practice with Families, Groups, and Communities
Critical Social Work in a Multicultural Society
Research I: Social Work Research
Field Instruction II

PM-Extended Students, Generalist Coursework Plan of Study

First Year, Fall Semester - 6 Hours
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Policy I: Social Welfare Policy and Services
First Year, Spring Semester - 6 Hours
Critical Social Work in a Multicultural Society
Research I: Social Work Research
Second Year, Fall Semester - 11 Hours
Practice I: Generalist Practice with Individuals and Organizations
One of the following, depending on Field Instruction Option: a
Field Instruction I (for Option 1)
Elective b
Second Year, Spring Semester - 11 Hours
Practice II: Generalist Practice with Families, Groups, and Communities
One of the following, depending on Field Instruction Option: a
Field Instruction II (for Option 1)
Field Instruction I (for Option 2)
Elective b
Second Year, Summer Semester - 10 Hours
One of the following, depending on Field Instruction Option: a
Field Instruction II (for Option 2)
Field Instruction I
and Field Instruction II (for Option 3)
a

PM-Extended Study Students have three options for completing the required Field Instruction courses. Option 1: Beginning SOCW 570 in the fall of the second year and SOCW 571 in the spring; Option 2: Beginning SOCW 570 in the spring of the second year and completing SOCW 571 in the summer term; Option 3: Registering for both SOCW 570 and SOCW 571 in the summer. Students must receive approval of their option from the director of field instruction.

b

PM-Extended Study Option students needing additional credits to qualify for federal financial aid may take electives for which they have prerequisites. 

Advanced Specialization Coursework

The Advanced Specialization portion of the MSW curriculum is completed in the second year for Full-Time students, and in the third, full-time year for PM-Extended students. Five advanced specializations are offered: Child and Family, Mental Health, Organization and Community Practice, School Social Work, and Social Work within Justice Systems. 

Child and Family Specialization

Fall Semester - 17 Hours
Practice III: Practice with Children and Families
Policy II: Child and Family Policy
Elective (if not taken prior)
Field Instruction III
Spring Semester - 17 Hours
Practice IV: Practice with Children and Families
Elective (if not taken prior)
Program Evaluation
Research Seminars: Social Service Issues
Research Project
Field Instruction IV

Mental Health Specialization

Fall Semester - 17 Hours
Practice III: Mental Health
Policy II: Mental Health Policy
Elective (if not taken prior)
Field Instruction III
Spring Semester - 17 Hours
Practice IV: Mental Health
Program Evaluation
Research Seminars: Social Service Issues
Research Project
Elective (if not taken prior)
Field Instruction IV

Organization and Community Practice Specialization

Fall Semester - 17 Hours
Practice III: Organization and Community Practice
Policy II: Community Health and Urban Development
Elective (if not taken prior)
Field Instruction III
Spring Semester - 17 Hours
Practice IV: Community Health and Urban Development
Program Evaluation
Research Seminars: Social Service Issues
Research Project
Elective (if not taken prior)
Field Instruction IV

School Social Work Specialization

Fall Semester - 17 Hours
Practice III: School Social Work
Policy II: School Social Work Policy
Exceptional Learners
Field Instruction III
Spring Semester - 17 Hours
Practice IV: School Social Work
Research Seminars: Social Service Issues
Elective (if not taken prior)
Field Instruction IV

Social Work within Justice Systems Specialization

Fall Semester - 17 Hours
Practice III: Social Work Micro Practice in the Justice Systems
Policy II: Juvenile and Criminal Justice Policy
Elective (if not taken prior)
Field Instruction III
Spring Semester - 17 Hours
Practice IV: Social Work Macro Practice in the Justice Systems
Juvenile and Criminal Justice Research Methods
Elective (if not taken prior)
Field Instruction IV

 Other Requirements

  • GPA A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00/4.00 must be maintained.
  • Residence A minimum of 9 semester hours must be earned at the University of Illinois Chicago in each of two consecutive terms.
  • Transfer of Credit A maximum of 28 hours of credit may be transferred for work taken elsewhere. No course with a grade less than B can be transferred.
  • Time Limit All requirements must be completed within six years, excluding military service.