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Social Action, Responsive Engagement, Advocacy

Northeastern Illinois University and the Department of Social Work believe in listening to their students, the community and their needs. With the great success of our Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, we have expanded the Department's focus and added the Master of Social Work (MSW).

The MSW program begins Fall 2016. Join us for an evening event to discuss the new Master of Social Work program, its requirements and curriculum, and how you can apply for the Fall 2017 semester or beyond.

Master of Social Work Program Overview

The Master of Social Work is designed to prepare advanced social work practitioners who can serve vulnerable populations and contribute to their functioning and well-being. The full program is 60 credit hours total and is equally split between two curriculums:

The foundation - designed for those with a bachelor's degree but who do not hold the baccalaureate degree in social work. The curriculum consists of 30 credit hours and prepares one for generalist practice with individuals, families, communities and organizations.

The advanced - built upon the foundation curriculum and prepares students for direct or indirect practice categorized concentrations. 

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Within each concentration are specializations; currently, there is one specialization for each concentration. As the MSW program grows, specializations will expand. 


  • Micro concentration - Practice with Vulnerable Populations
  • Macro concentration - Leadership and Change

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Candidacy for a  master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance. 

Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation.  Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation.  Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program.  Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

Northeastern and Program Benefits

  • Classes are offered during the late afternoon and evening hours to accommodate working professionals. 
  • The MSW program accepts students through a cohort each Fall semester. The program may be completed in four part-time years or two full-time years.
  • Current in-state graduate tuition is less than $400 per credit hour (tuition and fees).
  • Faculty work closely with students in small classroom settings to get personalized attention.

Contact Us

If you have further questions, contact MSW program director and advisor Dr. Troy Harden, or Social Work chairperson and advisor Dr. Jade Stanley,

Feel free to give us a call at (773) 442-4760 to schedule an appointment or fill out our form below for more information.

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