Master of Social Work (MSW)

Program Overview

Dominican University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares students for the competent practice of globally focused, family-centered social work. Consistent with the mission of Dominican University, the graduate-level social work program seeks to educate students for service to individuals, families, groups, communities and the profession. 

Students can complete the MSW in two years of full-time study, or in three years with our flexible part-time tracks. In addition, an advanced standing option allows students who hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited institution to complete the MSW in as little as nine months.

Courses may be taken at either our campus in River Forest, Illinois, or at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. In addition, some courses are offered online.

An MSW from Dominican University will mark you as a well-prepared, practiced and compassionate professional in the field of social work.

Globally Focused, Family-Centered

Our students gain a global perspective in both classroom study and fieldwork alongside expert faculty, with numerous opportunities for local, national and international field placements and externships.

Our program also focuses on the nature of families in terms of culture, community, the life cycle and the components and dynamics of family systems.


In our progressive program, you’ll take courses in social work fundamentals such as community analysis, human behavior and social welfare as well as elective courses to help you focus your course of study in an area of your interest. We also offer concentrations in the following in-demand areas:

Our field placements provide students with hands-on experience to build their careers in social work. Optional 10-week international field placements offer the chance to work in Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Ireland, Mexico or South Africa.