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Social Work, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #984 (BCR) California, MD, United States
The Master of Social Work program at Loma Linda University is committed to developing skilled practitioners to serve the needs of the community. This program sees community partners as being an integral part of student learning and advancement in the field of behavioral health services.
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The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a two-year, 78-unit program designed to prepare competent, ethical and compassionate advanced social work practitioners who possess the knowledge, values, attitudes and skills necessary for a life dedicated to whole person care in advanced practice and leadership roles within behavioral health institutions and agencies. Alternate 12 month Advanced Standing (for recent Bachelor of Social Work [BSW] graduates), 3- and 4-year curriculum options are also available. Advanced Standing students must begin the MSW program during the summer quarter.

Program courses are generally held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. First year field practicums typically take place on Mondays and Wednesdays (16 hours per week) while second year practicums take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (20 hours per week).

The profession of social work centers on the improvement of the quality of life for people and the enhancement of human potential for full productive participation in society. With this philosophy at its core, the Master of Social Work Program offered by the School of Behavioral Health emphasizes ecological systems, a perspective that focuses on the interaction of a person or system in relation to his/her environment. Reflecting this stance is Loma Linda University's philosophy, "To Make Man Whole," and its heritage as an international leader in the delivery of services in health care and related facilities. It is the combination of these influences that has guided the development of the foundation curriculum, professional concentrations, and selection of practicum sites for the Master of Social Work Program.

Possible Careers: Teaching, Group Therapist, Court Representative, Family Counselor, Health Care Representative, Case Manager, Child Services, Foster Care Counselor, Specialized Crisis Counselor


The Master of Social Work program is fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education to provide master’s degree-level education, with the next reaffirmation to be completed in 2018.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bioethical Issues in Social Work
  • Bioethics and Society
  • Human Behavior and Cross-Cultural Environment
  • Social Welfare Policies and Services
  • Practice I: Individuals
  • Practice II: Groups
  • Practice III: Organizations and Communities
  • Practice IV: Families

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above. Under certain circumstances applicants with lower GPAs will be considered.
  • University application
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Official transcripts for all college credits
  • Structured interview—by invitation

The MSW curriculum is built on a liberal arts perspective. Although there are no specific course prerequisites, individual applicants whose undergraduate degree does not reflect this perspective may be asked to enroll in additional courses.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    814 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 814 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    814 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 814 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
    Living Costs

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