Master On Campus

Social Work

Northeastern Illinois University

24 months
865 USD/credit 14705 USD/year
865 USD/credit 14705 USD/year
432 USD/credit 7344 USD/year
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The Social Work program of the Northeastern Illinois University prepares advanced social work practitioners to serve vulnerable populations and contribute to the functioning and well-being of underserved communities.


A master’s degree in social work is a vital step toward licensure and allows social workers to hold clinical, supervisory, or program director roles in the field.

Classes are offered during the late afternoon and evening hours to accommodate working professionals. The Social Work program of the Northeastern Illinois University may be completed full or part-time, requiring two or four years of study to complete, respectively.

Master of Social Work Concentrations

The MSW program offers two concentrations, each of which offer a specialization as well. They are:

Micro Concentration: Practice with Vulnerable Populations

The specialization within this concentration is Practice with Children and Families. The objective of the specialization is to promote well-being for vulnerable children and families by tending to their needs and aiding in their healthy functioning. Students who choose this specialization can look forward to a career serving children and their families in public and private agencies that assist vulnerable children or dysfunctional families. Professionals in the field serve in a variety of job roles as therapists, counselors, advocates, mediators, and brokers.

Macro Concentration: Leadership and Change

The specialization within this concentration is Advocacy and Change. The objective of the specialization is to spearhead actions around perceived needs in communities and organizations that serve special populations and communities. Students graduating with an MSW degree with a specialization in Advocacy and Change will work on behalf of organizations in the public arena, directing their efforts toward public policies that affect vulnerable populations, or on behalf of communities, serving the needs of vulnerable populations in a variety of ways.

Social Work Careers

A master’s degree in Social Work leads to careers in areas such as:

  • Mental health and substance abuse
  • Medical and public health
  • Child, family, and school social work
  • Social work with rural and aging populations

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cultural Competence in Social Work
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Generalist Social Work Practice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Family-Centered Policy
  • Child Welfare Policy & Legislation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

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34 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (Courses taken at colleges or universities outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services, Inc.)
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation with signed supplemental Letter of Recommendation Forms
  • Any additional program-specific required documents
  • Application fee
  • Notarized Graduate Financial Statement
  • Notarized bank letter(s) from each sponsor’s financial institution
  • TOEFL or IELTS official score report
  • Copy of passport photo page
  • Copy of Form I-94 and Form I-20 (if applying from within the U.S.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14705 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    14705 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    7344 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 432 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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