Special Notification

This program is closed to admissions for the 2023-24 academic year.

Program Description

This program's mission is to extend the principles of whole person care to include interventions with communities and social institutions. The program's emphasis is on an integrative approach in social science, social welfare, and social research.

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Program Length

4 years

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program are prepared for advanced administrative and research roles in national and international health and human services, policy development and analysis, and as university faculty.

Admissions Requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 for graduate/postgraduate work
  • Satisfactory performance on the GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation, as specified


Students admitted to the program should have demonstrated evidence of interest in social welfare, value aligned with a commitment to social justice, and research interests compatible with the areas of expertise supported by program faculty.

State Accrediting Agency

The academic programs at Loma Linda University are regionally accredited by the WSCUC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges [WASC] Senior College and University Commission).
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Tuition $26,370 $19,920 $19,090 $12,450
Fees $2,925 $2,625 $2,625 $2,625
Books & Supplies $750 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $30,045 $23,745 $22,915 $16,275


Expected costs for the 2023-2024 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Months enrolled 9 9 9 9
Food and Housing
Transportation $3,150 $2,880 $2,880 $2,880
Miscellaneous Personal Costs $2,250 $2,070 $2,070 $2,070


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.