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Social Work - Specialization in Forensic Social Work, MSW

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
, IL,
This specialization prepares students to use legal expertise to work in the social work field. The National Organization of Forensic Social Work defines forensic social work as the “application of social work principles to questions and issues relating to law and legal systems.” 


The specialization focuses on educating students in forensic social work practice and theory, challenging some of their own biases regarding this population and learning specific clinical skills to help the various subpopulations of forensics.

In the Master of Social Work program, you will gain a strong base in generalist clinical social work practice as well as specialized study. Our programs are flexible, with full- and part-time programs and courses offered in the day, evening and weekends. Our faculty are dedicated to helping you find your place within the social work profession, and we offer a variety of specializations that strengthen your knowledge in the areas of the field that interest you.

In the graduate program, you’ll benefit from professors who both practice and teach, small class sizes and group learning experiences. Above all, you’ll become a part of a close-knit group of faculty and peers who are committed to professional success and empowering clients to make positive changes in their lives.

Embedded in the academic program is 1,050 hours of field instruction, which will allow you to put the theories you learn in the classroom into practice in real-world situations. You will work with highly qualified preceptors, who are experienced practitioners as well as educators. In the MSW program, you will complete 60 hours of study, including

  • 30 semester hours of foundation social work courses, which include 15 clock hours per week of field instruction (450 hours total)
  • 30 hours in clinical concentration courses, which include approximately 20 clock hours per week of field instruction (600 hours total)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Forensic Social Work 
  • Social Work with Vulnerable Children and Families 
  • Mediation 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 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).

  •  A completed Graduate Application for Admission
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from all prior undergraduate and graduate colleges and/or universities. 
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an average GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Students with a GPA of less than 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Undergraduate curriculum must include three semester hours in statistics, research and physical assessment
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your professional or academic abilities
  • Statement of Purpose. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    600 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 600 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    600 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 600 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Aurora

  • 1120 - 1440 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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