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Master’s Program • SW

Master of Arts Program in Social Work and Social Welfare

Program Highlights

Prepare to be a leader in clinical social work and social administration practice with a program that offers a high level of flexibility.

The Master of Arts in Social Work and Social Welfare provides a broad educational and experiential foundation for baccalaureate graduates. You will be exposed to a combination of direct social work practice, policy development, interdisciplinary research, and social science theory. The core curriculum places particular emphasis on understanding and working with culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged populations. The comprehensive and interdisciplinary nature of the Master’s degree translates into greater flexibility and choice in your future career.

The SW Program begins with a first-year Core curriculum that introduces you to the chief methods of social intervention (direct practice, policy, and research), the diversity of human experience, and the fundamentals of human behavior and development. You are then asked to choose between two academic concentrations:

  • Clinical Concentration – Learn the major prevention and treatment approaches of direct clinical practice and engage with real clients through clinical fieldwork in hundreds of agencies and organizations across Chicago.
  • Social Administration Concentration – Take advanced coursework in the economics, politics, organization, and delivery of social welfare services and participate in administrative fieldwork at government agencies and community development organizations.

The SW Program offers the flexibility to customize your education to your specific career goals. Choose from elective courses within SSA and throughout the University in a wide variety of social work and related fields. Explore opportunities to study abroad. You can also leverage the interdisciplinary strengths of the University of Chicago by combining your AM degree with a Master of Public Policy, an MBA or a Master of Divinity.

Designed For

Designed for people seeking to establish their career in social administration practice and clinical social work. With full-time and part-time options, you will be able to choose an approach that fits your schedule and time frame.

Offered by the University of Chicago’s (opens in new tab) School of Social Service Administration.

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At a Glance

Enrollment
Full-time
Duration
2 years Full-time
3 years Part-time
Format
In-person
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