Program Description

The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a 78-unit program emphasizing the biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to advanced clinical social work practice in behavioral health institutions and agencies. Students gain expertise in cutting-edge and evidenced-based trauma- and resiliency-informed interventions that support prevention, early intervention, diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. Experiential learning through Loma Linda University's internationally recognized health system provides students with advanced learning opportunities in integrated behavioral health, tertiary level inpatient care, and global practice settings.

The MSW degree can be completed through the 2-, 3-, or 4- year curriculum options. Other program options include: a 3-year part-time online program and Advanced Standing options for recent Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) graduates.

Tuition and Fees: 
MSW Advanced Standing (12 months) 
MSW On-Campus Full-Time (2 years) 
MSW On-Campus Part-Time (3 years)
MSW Online Part-Time (3 years)

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Program Length

2-, 3-, or 4- year curriculum options; 3-year part-time online program; advanced standing

Possible Careers

Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatric Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Child and Family Social Worker, Geriatric Social Worker, Hospice Social Worker, Forensic Mental Health Social Worker, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker, Community Social Worker, Healthcare Administrator, Public Health Administrator, Research Social Worker, and Social Work Educator. 

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2023 Aug 15, 2022 Nov 15, 2022 Jun 30, 2023

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above. Under certain circumstances applicants with lower GPAs will be considered.
  • University application
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Official transcripts for all college credits
    • Online students must commit to one full weekday of practicum each week for the duration of the MSW Program.
  • Structured interview—by invitation


The MSW curriculum is built on a liberal arts perspective. Although there are no specific course prerequisites, individual applicants whose undergraduate degree does not reflect this perspective may be asked to enroll in additional courses.

Discipline Accrediting Agency

The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) to provide master's degree-level education, with the next reaffirmation to be completed in 2025.

State Accrediting Agency

Loma Linda University is 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
Tuition $35,160 $35,160
Fees $4,275 $4,725
Books & Supplies $2,025 $1,830
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms) $216 $216
Total $41,676 $41,931


Most Social Work and Social Ecology students receive financial aid.

Estimated Living Expenses

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

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Months enrolled 9 9
Food and Housing $17,280 $17,280
Transportation $3,150 $3,150
Miscellaneous Personal Costs $2,700 $2,700


  • 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.

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