Graduate Programs


Master of Social Work

Professional social work education requires students at the master’s level to undertake a rigorous program of classroom and practice work.  The Indiana University School of Social Work seeks to admit individuals who have demonstrated competency though previous academic work, professional achievements, and volunteer commitments.  A strong commitment to social justice and service to others should be evident in the application.

Enrollment in the M.S.W. Program requires official admission to the Indiana University School of Social Work.  A limited number of students are admitted each year.  The following items are the minimum requirements for consideration for admission:

  1. An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Evidence of course work in liberal arts.
  3. Successful completion of a minimum of six courses in social or behavioral sciences, as defined in the application packet.
  4. Successful completion of a course in statistics.
  5. An earned cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the final 60 credit hours (90 quarter hours).
  6. Submission of the completed application packet by the due date.

Applications are available in early fall of the year preceding admission.  Information pertaining to the deadlines, requirements, and program details can be found in the application packet.  Applicants can apply to only one location and one specific program.  All applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible and well before the final application priority date.  The M.S.W. admissions committee will make all decisions and notify students in early spring.  Applications are evaluated on the basis of the six criteria outlined above.  Admission is competitive and the instructional resources of the school determine total enrollment.

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 applying to study at IUPUI should request an international application from the following address:
Office of International Affairs
902 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5197
Phone: (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 non-degree students is restricted by the availability of space and faculty.  Persons interested in such enrollment are required to request such permission in writing to the M.S.W. admissions coordinator of the school.

Admission information for all of the M.S.W. Programs may be obtained from:

M.S.W. Admissions
IUPUI School of Social Work
Education/Social Work Building 4134
902 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5154
Phone: (317) 274-6705
Web site:
E-mail: taldavis [at] iupui [dot] edu

Division of Social Work
IU Northwest
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408-1197
Phone: (219) 980-7111
Web site:

Master of Social Work Program
Indiana University South Bend
P.O. Box 7111
South Bend, IN 46634-7111
Phone: (219) 237-4880
Web site:
E-mail: msw [at] iusb [dot] edu