Social Work

Loma Linda University

24 months
814 USD/credit
814 USD/credit
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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.


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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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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Social Work
Loma Linda University