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    • Now accepting applications for Fall 2023! Apply by 3/15/23.
  • The MSW programs are open only to applicants residing within the United States; the online MSW program option is for California residents only. Courses use a combined synchronous and asynchronous format. Practicum requirements are completed at minimum of one weekday each week in-person at approved sites (within 75 miles of student's residence).

Discover the Difference
Between MSW Programs

Advanced Clinical Specialization
vs. Advanced Generalist

Advanced clinical practice specializations prepare students for practice in the highest level behavioral health and health care organizations, and public and private agencies, working as members of comprehensive multi- and interdisciplinary treatment teams.
Apply for an Advanced Clinical MSW at LLU

Advanced generalist programs are designed to provide a broad understanding of direct practice in micro and macro social work settings.

Advanced Clinical Specialist Program

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Online Info Sessions

Join us for one of our online info sessions, which are held on the first and third Mondays of each month from 6-7 PM (Pacific).

3 MSW Program Options--Which one is right for you?

The Loma Linda University MSW program is now in its third decade of training advanced clinical practitioners in social work. Our graduates are leaders in the field and are recognized for contributions toward improving quality of life for consumers and refining the functioning of systems to meet the needs of the community.

Our MSW program intentionally prepares students to work within a variety of integrative healthcare settings. This is accomplished by requiring students to have a deep clinical understanding of the complex issues that consumers typically present with along with specific coursework and practicum experiences in the areas of integrative behavioral health. These experiences uniquely equip our students to approach consumers from a wholistic perspective that moves away from and overcomes the often segregated and fragmented approach to health care.

Sophia M. Williams, MSW
The faculty and staff of the LLU Department of Social Work and Social Ecology were instrumental in my educational and professional growth, teaching me to always be true to myself, be kind to others, and have integrity in my practice.

At a Glance

  • Fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • All program options include 29 academic units of advanced clinical specialization and a 1-year clinical practicum
  • Available as a dual master's degree with either Gerontology or Criminal Justice (emphasis in Forensic Mental Health)
  • Certificate in Play Therapy also available
  • Small class size with diverse students and faculty for maximum learning experience, along with embedded professional self-care
  • Specialized content in working with active duty military and veterans
  • Christian environment emphasizing integrated learning and compassionate whole person care
  • Successful completion rate of over 98%
  • Preferred employment interviewing within Loma Linda University Health upon graduation

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MSW Curriculum Guides* (PDF)

Dual Degree Curriculum Guides* (PDF)

Selectives* (PDF)

*All posted schedules are subject to change based on program scheduling needs.

Play Therapy or Drug & Alcohol Counseling Certificate

Students entering the MSW degree program within the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology in academic year 2023-2024 who are interested in obtaining certification in Play Therapy or Drug and Alcohol Counseling will receive a tuition waiver for the certificate program of their choice. Students interested in the Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate are required to enroll in elective courses specified by their academic advisor. Tuition waivers do not apply to any units used to support the student's primary degree program.

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