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Bachelor of Social Work Admission

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Master of Social Work Admission

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:

  • A review of past academic performance
  • Relevant work and/or volunteer experience
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • An admission interview (when required)

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

March 1 is the 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.

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:

Vaughn DeCoster, Ph.D.
MSW Program Director
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Phone 812/465-1003

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.


It is the policy of the University of Southern Indiana to be in full compliance with all federal and state nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity laws, orders, and regulations relating to race, sex, religion, handicap, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status, Questions or concerns should be directed to the Affirmative Action officer, USI Human Resources Dept., Orr Center Room# 012, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712 (Telephone: 812/464-1815). Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.