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iMSW Program Options

Take the next step in advancing your career- Our iMSW program is a convenient option for non-traditional students that delivers coursework in a flexible model, allowing you to continue to work full-time while taking your education to the next level.

Advanced Standing or Traditional Entry

Students will enter the program via one of two paths:

Advanced Standing

Students eligible for the Advanced Standing  program must have earned a bachelors of social work degree within the past 7 years from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited BSW program. The Advanced Standing program requires a total of 32 credit  hours of advanced coursework. Upon successful completion of all advanced coursework required by a chosen concentration/focus area students will complete 1-2 semesters (12-24 credit hours) of field placement depending upon admissions status.


Students eligible for the Traditional program are those with an undergraduate degree other than social work or a bachelors of social work degree from a non-accredited Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) program. The Traditional program requires a total of 16 hours of foundation coursework, 32 hours of advanced coursework, and a two semester field internship (24 credit hours).

Tuition for the iMSW program is per credit hour and the current 2023-2024 rate is $603.00 per credit hour.

Tuition and fees are direct costs charged by the university. The cost of attendance also includes indirect cost allowances for food, housing, books, supplies and other expenses. You will not be billed by the university for these costs unless you live in university housing.  Use the Illinois Cost Calculator for an estimated cost of attendance.

Degree Requirements

Concentrations and Focus Areas

Admission Information and Requirements

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