Loyola University Chicago Reviews of Master's in Social Work

  • 16 Reviews
  • Chicago (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $20,344
100% of 16 students said this degree improved their career prospects
88% of 16 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Patient Care Manager, LSW
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"Loyola University Chicago is my second home. It has honed me to become a hard working, proactive, and dedicated social worker in current field as a patient care manager at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Not only do you learn social work at its best, but the staff always helps students open their eyes to different fields of social work and how it is always a never ending field to learn."
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"I think they tried hard. I found the Social Work program to be a bit unorganized, particularly as a night student, which was frustrating. I do believe Loyola is a good school overall."
Diana Lenar
  • Reviewed: 12/7/2015
  • Degree: Social Work
"Within the greater field of Social Work, there are many different subspecialties. One of the pros of getting a Master's degree in this field is that you can choose your area of interest, according to your personal skills and interests. The professors in the social work program seem to lean heavily towards group presentations and unstructured class discussions, rather than presenting their knowledge or helping students develop relevant social work skills. However, there were certain classes that I did feel that I learned something."
Alfonso Trevino Jr.
  • Reviewed: 10/28/2015
  • Degree: Social Work
"My graduate program at Loyola University in Chicago is more than what I expected. The faculty and staff are very supportive and most importantly, accessible to the student body. E-mails with program information are regularly sent out to students about how to navigate the system and meet program deadlines. The financial Aid office is good at taking walk-ins and are accessible to inquiring students. However, I was a little displeased at the processing and disbursement of my financial aid loans and could have been managed more promptly. Overall, I love the school and appreciate the graduate level quality of the program curriculum. The content has proved challenging but very rewarding."
Yechiel Silber
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2015
  • Degree: Social Work
"Loyola University is a great school in the heart of Chicago. There aren't enough financial assistance opportunities for graduate students. Make sure to find out about a professor before signing up to her/his class. Loyola has the best and the worst professors. There are a lot of opportunities for students to get involved in school organizations and community outreach."
  • Reviewed: 4/13/2015
  • Degree: Social Work
"Pros: Fantastic school of social work, very heavy on the clinical end. Very interesting and unique classes that stimulate students. Does have a wonderful 10k grant system for 2nd year students in the mental health specialization. The teachers are fantastic for the most part- there are a few that the best but mostly they are well connected, educated and experienced. I feel very safe within this school, it's centrally located and had a fantastic library. The sheridan campus is spectacular. Cons: Pricey school that doesn't have any scholarships for its students. Working with the internship department can be quite stressful and difficult, they should hire some grad assistants. I hate that the class scheduling always has a break between 5 and 7pm making night classes go till 9:30pm. Overall, a great grad school for receiving an MSW. I would not change my decision even though it broke the bank."
Daphne Martin
  • Reviewed: 4/9/2015
  • Degree: Social Work
"As a graduate student in Loyola's School of Social Work program, I am grateful for the amount of supervision and support that I receive by faculty and staff. I know that I am receiving a first rate education at Loyola. As I pursue a career in social work, I know that I will be adequately prepared to thrive in a clinical setting because of Loyola's emphasis on clinical practice. Although Loyola is an expensive institution, I know that every penny spent is worth it, and that the future is bright as I enter into the world of social work practice because of the discussions and research that I am a part of at Loyola."
Carolyn Jandacek
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2014
  • Degree: Social Work
"The pros of being in the Master's of Social Work program at Loyola University Chicago is that I am able to build the foundation to my career, begin to network in my field, and being academically challenged. Loyola University Chicago gives a balance of expereince and academics to assist me in moving forward in this field."
Katelyn Chizek
  • Reviewed: 9/11/2014
  • Degree: Social Work
"Loyola's graduate program of Social Work is clinically based. If you hope to focus more on social policy, you can receive good guidance and personalization under certain professors. Each student needs 1200 field placement hours over their two years which is feasible. The field placement program hopes to put you in your top choices."
  • Reviewed: 8/28/2014
  • Degree: Social Work
"Very few financial assistance and part-time program options. Little to know diversity. Academically competitive."
Keenen Stevenson
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2014
  • Degree: Social Work
"Social work is a wonder profession that can encourage change in policy, human behavior, and community structure. Another important fact is that social work can empower individuals. Some of the cons are the lack on innovation in the field and the reputation that social workers have in academia. Many people in the social work field are not technology savvy, which can limit impact. Also, to some professionals social workers are viewed as people "that just hug out issues". This is totally not the case. Social work is a unique art and science. It requires great interpersonal communication skills and a love for promoting social justice."
Shaina Knepler-Foss
  • Reviewed: 6/16/2014
  • Degree: Social Work
"Loyola's Masters of Social Work program is rigorous, but I feel it will provide me with a solid foundation to go out in to the real world and work in the field of social services."
Kristen Okrzesik
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2014
  • Degree: Social Work
"While the program is outstanding and well recognized in the field, the school offers little to no financial support."
Angelique Porter
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2014
  • Degree: Social Work
"Pros: over 1000 hours in field placements to acquire hands-on learning. Professors that currently work in the field and have real life experiences to share. Cons: Expensive to live in the area, as well as hard to acquire aid for the tuition."
Catherine Migel
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2013
  • Degree: Social Work
"Some of the pros are the availability and access to the staff and faculty. However, they are understaffed and overworked, as most universities are."
Julie Paradeis
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2013
  • Degree: Social Work
"I'm a first semester MSW student. So far, I'm happy with my courses but disappointed with financial aid and communication."