Graduate Programs

Master of Social Work

In recognition of the time and geographic constraints of many students who seek professional social work education, the Indiana University School of Social Work offers six programs of study leading to the 60 credit hour M.S.W. degree. The Indianapolis campus offers a two-year full-time program, a three-year part-time evening program, a three-year part-time Saturday program, and an Advanced Standing Program option. (The Advanced Standing Program is designed for students with a strong academic record who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work [B.S.W.] degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education within the last five years.) Indiana University South Bend offers a three-year part-time evening program. Indiana University Northwest offers a three or four-year part-time program. The school also offers a three-year part-time program at IPFW administered by the main campus at IUPUI with admissions every 3rd year beginning in 2005. Indiana University  East offers a three-year part-time program with admissions every 3rd year beginning in 2005.

The general goal of the programs is preparation for advanced social work practice. In addition to generalist knowledge and skills, the programs provide an opportunity for development of special competence in child welfare, school social work, mental health and addictions, health and leadership. Educational resources for students in the program include a substantial library, an audiovisual center, student computer modules, and diversified field instruction settings throughout the state

International Students/International Degrees

Applicants who are not citizens of the United States should apply as early as possible preceding the fall in which they wish to enter. They must fill out the international application and the Indiana University School of Social Work application by the posted deadlines. They also must provide proof of their ability to pay fees and support themselves adequately during the period of their study and, through examinations designated by the school, must demonstrate an ability to comprehend, write, and speak English at an acceptable level.

International students or any person holding a degree obtained outside of the United States should request an international application from the following address:

International Affairs

902 W. New York Street, ES2126
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5154
Telephone: (317) 274-7000
E-mail: oia [at] iupui [dot] edu ( )

Transfer Students

A limited number of transfer students from other accredited M.S.W. programs may be accepted each year. Master of Social Work students interested in transferring to Indiana University must complete an application for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the completed application, the M.S.W. program director and the chair of the admissions committee will review the materials and decide if the applicant will be accepted into the program. If accepted, the M.S.W. program director will analyze the student’s transcript and course syllabi to determine which credits earned in another accredited social work program will transfer to Indiana University. In all circumstances, however, the transfer student must complete all required courses in their chosen Concentration Curriculum.

Non-M.S.W. Students

With permission of the school, Indiana University students enrolled in other graduate degree programs or persons possessing the M.S.W. degree may request permission to enroll in selected elective courses within the program. Enrollment of nondegree students is restricted by the availability of space and faculty. Persons interested in such enrollment are required to request permission by writing to the M.S.W. admissions coordinator of the school (stgass [at] iupui [dot] edu ( (Sherry Gass).

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