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MSW and MS in Criminal Justice

Program Descriptions

MS in Social Work
MS in Criminal Justice

The MSW/MS in criminal justice program at Loma Linda University equips students to gain solid preparation in the substantive field of social work, together with essential policy studies and/or clinical services in the field of criminal justice.


The mission of the combined master of social work and master of science in criminal justice at Loma Linda University is to facilitate more efficient completion of two graduate degrees for students with strong interests in, and who are dedicated to, the advanced practice of both social work and criminal justice. The master's degree program in social work emphasizes ecological systems, a perspective that focuses on the interaction of a person or system in relation to his/her environment. The master of science in criminal justice aims to prepare students to think critically, analytically, and creatively about the problems of crime and social control in the contemporary world.

The combination of these two programs has guided the development of the foundation curriculum, professional concentrations, and selection of practicum sites for this dual degree program.


The social work and criminal justice faculty assert the following program goals:

  • To prepare student for the provision of clinical services to the criminal justice population;
  • To prepare students to make interdisciplinary contributions to program development and management;
  • To prepare students for positions in criminal justice service interventions at the local, state, national, and international levels;
  • To prepare students for positions in teaching and research in the area of criminal justice.

Admissions Requirements

Please refer to individual program admissions criteria:

Degree Completion Requirements

  • A total of 90 units are required for completion;
  • Completion of field practicum requirement;
  • Professional Practicum and Seminar: 540 hours;
  • Advanced Professional Practicum Seminar: 880 hours;
  • Following the completion of the foundation coursework, students are required to pass the MSW's Qualifying Review;
  • Completion of research coursework or thesis;
  • Completion of Wholeness Portfolio providing evidence of accomplishments and growing competency in professional practicum experience.