Dominican University’s School of Social Work challenges you to change the world by helping you obtain the skills you need to make a difference. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, we prepare professional social workers for globally-focused, family-centered practice. Our mission guides us to advocate for human rights, social and economic justice for all persons and promote human and community well being.
We aspire to be an innovative global leader in social work through inquiry-based education, ethical engagement, commitment to positive social transformation and through unmatched opportunities for local, national and international field placements and externships.
For MSW Seekers
Our nationally recognized Master of Social Work has set the standard for programs in the Chicago area in extending the discipline to international communities. In addition, two available concentrations and three in-demand specializations in gerontology, child welfare, and school social work will prepare you to meet the unique challenges facing these populations.
We also offer dual master’s degree programs with our Brennan School of Business (MSW/MBA), the School of Information Studies (MSW/MLIS), and the college’s conflict resolution degree program (MSW/MCR).
For Professional Social Workers
Dominican offers post-MSW certificates in gerontology and social work in schools (Professional Educator License with an endorsement in School Social Work, formerly Type 73 certification).
Admission to the School of Social Work
- Completed application for Dominican’s School of Social Work. Students applying for advanced standing (bachelors in social work required) must complete the advanced standing application and the general admissions application.
- Personal Statement (Please refer to questions on application.)
- An official transcript documenting a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and an official transcript from each college where graduate credit was earned
- A minimum 2.75 grade point average is required for general admissions and a 3.0 is required for advanced-standing admissions.
- Two letters of recommendation: at least one letter from an academic reference and one from professional references. In the event that a prospect is unable to provide an academic reference, an additional professional reference may be submitted, granted it reflects the prospect’s experience in some human services or social services capacity.
- Prerequisite course: Statistics. (Course should cover basic or elementary statistics which includes descriptive and inferential statistics)
- $25 Application Fee
Interviews are used selectively. The GRE or GMAT are not required for the MSW program.
School of Social Work Transfer Credit Policy
Applicants wishing to transfer into the MSW program must meet all admission requirements and must be transferring from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Applicants must also provide a letter from the Director of any social work program attended stating that they are in good standing.
Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 hours toward the degree at Dominican University to receive the Master of Science in Social Work from the School of Social Work. Beyond these 30 hours, a maximum of 30 hours of waiver and/or transfer credit may be granted for foundation level coursework or electives. No credit can be waived for the concentration/advanced coursework required in the program, except electives. Credit can only be waived or transferred for courses with a grade of B or better. Waiver/transfer credits must have been completed within the last 5 years or, if continuously employed in social work position, the last 7 years.
ProgramsDominican Bachelor/Masters ProgramsMasters DegreeOther Graduate ProgramsOther Programs
- SWK 510 - Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families
- SWK 511 - Field Practicum I
- SWK 512 - Social Work Research Methods
- SWK 513 - Human Behavior in The Social Environment
- SWK 514 - History of Social Work & Social Welfare
- SWK 524 - Social Work as Leadership for a Global Society
- SWK 550 - Social Work Practice with Groups
- SWK 551 - Field Practicum II
- SWK 553 - Human Behavior in Social Environment II
- SWK 606 - Supervision in Social Work
- SWK 610 - Advanced Social Work Practice: Models within a Family Context
- SWK 611 - Field Practicum III
- SWK 612 - Practice Evaluation
- SWK 614 - Family Centered Policy Global Continued
- SWK 620 - Empowerment Practice with Latinos
- SWK 621 - Human Rights, Gender and Globalization
- SWK 622 - Negotiating Social, Cultural and Psychological Borders
- SWK 623 - Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Social Policy
- SWK 624 - Feminist Approach to Clinical Practice with Individual and Families
- SWK 625 - Race, Gender and Human Rights in The Guatemalan Context
- SWK 630 - Social Work and Health
- SWK 631 - Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health
- SWK 640 - Mental Health: History, Theories, Treatment
- SWK 641 - Community Based Participatory Research
- SWK 642 - The Resilient Social Worker
- SWK 644 - Child Welfare I
- SWK 645 - Child Welfare II
- SWK 646 - Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Clients
- SWK 651 - Field Practicum IV
- SWK 655 - Community Practice
- SWK 657 - Master Thesis
- SWK 660 - Substance Abuse Treatment & Prevention
- SWK 663 - Global and Practice Perspective in Aging Care
- SWK 664 - School Social Work
- SWK 665 - Seminar International Social Work
- SWK 667 - Anti-Oppressive Practice with Immigrants and Refugees
- SWK 669 - Crisis Intervention
- SWK 670 - Human Trafficking
- SWK 673 - Play Therapy
- SWK 678 - Successful Aging Communities Care Intergenerational Experience
- SWK 686 - Advanced Practice with Older Adults
- SWK 800 - Military Culture, Customs and Traditions
- SWK 850 - Military Policy, Intervention, and Treatment