Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved Northeastern Illinois University to offer a new graduate degree program in Social Work.

The 60-credit-hour Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program begins in fall 2016, and can be completed in two full-time or four part-time years. An advanced one-year program will be offered beginning in fall 2017.

The M.S.W. program will offer two concentrations—Social Work Practice with Vulnerable Populations (specializing in practice with vulnerable children and families) and Leadership and Change (specializing in advocacy and change).

“In keeping with Northeastern's mission, the new Master of Social Work degree program will continue our long tradition of preparing students to serve in leadership positions, impacting communities through support and advocacy,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard Helldobler said.

One of the features of this new program is the opportunity for those who completed a bachelor’s degree in Social Work within the past six years to complete the M.S.W. program over 34 credit hours in one full-time or two part-time years.