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Master of Social Work

Admission Requirements

All applicants must apply to the Office of Graduate Studies and to the Master of Social Work Program. These are two distinct graduate divisions and both require separate application procedures.

Admission decisions for the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program are based upon:

February 1 is the Priority Deadline for applications to the Advance Standing Tracks.

March 1 is the Priority Deadline for applications to the two-year, full-time track.

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.  The MSW program admits students in the fall semester only.

Minimum Criteria for Admission to the MSW program

  1. Admission to Graduate Studies.
  2. An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university reflecting a broad interdisciplinary liberal arts background.
  3. Pre-requisites: Completion of the following prerequisite requirements with a grade of C or better in each course. (Applicants may enroll in these courses during the time in which their MSW applications are being evaluated; however, the prerequisite requirements must be met by the first day of the semester a student begins the program.  All offers of admission are conditional upon the completion of these prerequisites.  Any exceptions are handled on an individual basis.)
    • A minimum of eighteen hours (six courses) of social/behavioral sciences including at least one course each in psychology and sociology.  The other four courses can be from any of the following disciplines: social work, psychology, anthropology, sociology, criminal justice, gender studies, political science or economics
    • In addition to the eighteen hours (six courses) of social/behavioral sciences, applicants must have completed both: a Social Science Research Course and a Social Science Statistics Course.

      (Statistics and Research prerequisites must have been completed within the last 10 years.)
  4. A 3.0 grade point average for the prerequisites is preferred. (A grade no lower than C in any prerequisite will be accepted.)
  5. Prerequisite course content older than 10 years will be reviewed for currency.  Applicants may be required to validate these courses to insure the applicant is prepared for the MSW program of study.  An applicant can have a course validated by submitting a course description from the catalogue during the year in which the course was taken and, if possible, a course syllabus.
    • NOTE: Deficiencies in these prerequisites must be rectified before the student is eligible to be fully admitted into the program.
  6. An overall 2.8 grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work completed; or a 3.0 grade point average on the last 60 semester hours, or equivalent, taken in the undergraduate program. (Rare exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.)
  7. Evidence of writing skills compatible with graduate-level standards.  All written products submitted will be evaluated.
  8. Evidence of potential to develop into a sound professional social worker.  (A personal interview and/or additional evaluative data may be required of applicants.)
  9. Students transferring from other graduate programs must submit evidence of good standing from that program (verification forms available from the Social Work Department).
  10. International students will be required to meet additional requirements.  International students are expected 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 six on the IELTS (International Language Testing System).
  11. Successful completion of the application packet.  (Students should read all materials for the application process and follow the provided application checklist to track completion of the packet).

NOTE: The program does not grant academic credit for life or work experience in lieu of social work course or field content.

Advanced Standing Requirements

Students who have earned undergraduate degrees in social work from programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 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:

  1. Graduation within the last five years with a BSW from an undergraduate program accredited (or admitted to candidacy) by the Council on Social Work Education.  A student who is in a program admitted to candidacy must submit one copy of all social work course syllabi for review.
  2. An overall 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work completed; or a 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 semester hours, or equivalent, taken in the undergraduate program. (Rare exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.)
  3. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 400 hours of generalist based field instruction in direct practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities under appropriate social work supervision.
  4. Advanced standing students will have transcripts and/or program content evaluated to determine if foundation content has been met.  Students may be required to present copies of course descriptions, course syllabi, and/or assignments in order to document that appropriate content has been covered in their previous course of study.

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.

All requests concerning admission to the MSW program should be directed to:

Paul Frazer, Ph.D.
MSW Program Director
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Phone 812/465-7103

The MSW admissions packet will contain the following materials:

  1. application
  2. typed personal statement
  3. three letters of reference

Students should not submit materials separately. The completed application packet should be addressed to:

University of Southern Indiana
Social Work Department-MSW Program
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, Indiana 47712.

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