MSW Degree

MSW Brochure

The Graduate School of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work degree that is designed to prepare 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 choose to complete the MSW at the River Forest, Illinois or Grayslake, Illinois campus.

Globally Focused Family Centered
Our single concentration is globally focused and family centered. Today’s social workers must develop knowledge, values and skills appropriate to relevant multicultural practice because of globalization and the accompanying challenges such as increasing poverty, social conflict and the role of the digital divide.

The family centered component of our program focuses on the nature of families in terms of culture, community, the life cycle and the components and dynamics of family systems.

Curriculum — infused with global and family centered content throughout the entire curriculum with readings, assignments and guest speakers.

International Field Placements — students have the option of going abroad for 10-weeks to conduct their final field placement.

In addition to the globally focused and family centered concentration, the MSW program stresses a gerontological emphasis which is infused in the foundation course content, exercises and assignments. Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work is one of 75 outstanding social work education programs selected to participate in a unique training opportunity through the Council on Social Work Education’s National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education (Gero-Ed Center).

Students interested in gerontology can apply for specific scholarships: