The University of Southern Indiana's Master of Social Work degree program admits students in the fall semester only. The application deadlines are February 1 for admission to the advanced standing (BSW) tracks and March 1 for admission to the two-year full time (non-BSW) track.
NEW - Rolling Admissions
Completed applications are processed and decisions made promptly after being received.
NEW - Optional Personal Video
Add a personal touch to your application by e-mailing the Admissions Committee a brief 2-minute, well thought out video of you telling us why you'd be a great social worker. Nothing fancy, just record using your smart phone/device or pc and e-mail it (firstname.lastname@example.org) when submitting your written application.
Application Details & Form:
BSWs (advanced standing) applicants still finishing your BSW, submit your most recent field evaluation with the MSW application then your final eval if accepted.
Pre-Requisite Coursework or Degree
The Master of Social Work program requires applicants have a bachelor's degree from a regionally or comparably accredited institution. Applicants with an undergraduate degree other than a Bachelor of Social Work should apply to the two-year full time track.
Admission to the Master of Social Work program requires the following:
Prerequisite course content older than 10 years must be validated with a course description from a University Bulletin or Course Catalogue, submitted by the applicant, from the year the course was taken.
Students transferring from other graduate programs must submit an Evidence of Good Standing Verification Form, available from the Social Work Department. Students may transfer, with approval, up to 12 graduate credit hours.
The MSW Program does not grant academic credit for life or work experience in lieu of social work course or field content.
International students are required to have a score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 6 on the IELTS (International Language Testing System).
Additional Requirements for Applicants to Advanced Standing Tracks
Students who have earned undergraduate degrees in social work from programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may be eligible for advanced standing. To be considered, they must have met the requirements listed above, and the following additional requirements must be met:
The following materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office:
The following materials must be submitted to the Master of Social Work Program Director (for details download the above Application Details & Form materials):
It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all required materials to the Social Work Department by the application deadline. Applications are reviewed when all materials have been received by the Social Work Department MSW Admissions Committee.
Admission decisions for the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program are based upon:
Indiana Public Law 11-1994 and MSW Admission
In order to fully comply with Indiana Public Law 11-1994 (conviction of sexual offenses against children), the Social Work Department will conduct a criminal history check of students requesting admission to the Master of Social Work program. This check will be conducted at the point of admission and upon entering the field placement. A student who has been convicted of sex offenses against children as identified in P.L. 11-1994 will not be granted admission to or allowed to continue in the Master of Social Work program.
Individuals who were convicted of such crimes outside of the state of Indiana are required to report their intent to reside more than seven days in the area within Indiana to local law enforcement authorities having jurisdiction in the area of intended residence.