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Dr. Vaughn DeCoster
Director of Master of
Social Work Program
Office:  ED 0128
Phone:  812/465-1003
E-mail: vadecoster

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The Master of Social Work (MSW) program strives to produce professional social workers that promote growth and empowerment of clients in a dynamic multi-dimensional social context. Our MSW degree prepares you to be a clinical social worker, able to practice in a variety of settings like mental health clinics, hospitals, schools, employee assistance programs or residential treatment facilities. Focus your studies through electives, a graduate capstone project and specialized field placements in areas like children and adolescents, geriatrics, medical social work, hospice, veteran services or psychiatric care.

USI’s program prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and values for clinical social work practice based on the Ten Core Competencies of Social Work Practice. The Social Work Department continuously evaluates student development of these competences through measured practice behaviors (for the most recent findings see Assessment of Student Learning Objectives).

Degree Tracks

The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and offers students the option of one of three tracks:

Applicants for the advanced standing tracks must have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited program. Students must apply to a specific "track" (e.g. full-time two-year, full-time advanced standing, or two-year advance standing evening) and remain on that track in order to complete a program of study leading to the MSW degree. Students with a non-social work undergraduate degree are only eligible for the full-time two-year track.

Dual Degree Tracks

If you are interested in learning more about the MSW – MPA dual degree program please see the USI Bulletin.

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