The University of Southern Indiana's Master of Social Work degree program admits students in the fall semester only.
Each year, the application deadline for advanced standing admission and readmission (i.e. those with a Bachelor of Social Work degree) occurs on the second Friday of January; the application deadline for non-BSW (i.e., those without a Bachelor of Social Work degree) admission and readmission occurs on the second Friday of February.
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Pre-requisite Coursework & Degree Requirements
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:
Prerequisite course content older than 10 years may be considered upon review.
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).
Advanced Standing Programs (Additional Requirements)
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 admission application process includes two steps, the Graduate Studies portion and the Master of Social Work portion.
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Graduate Studies Admissions
The following materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office:
Master of Social Work Admissions
Please read and be prepared to provide the following as part of the online MSW application (link below).
As part of the application, you will be required to upload your resume/CV as a PDF file. The resume/CV file name should be Lastname-firstname-resume.pdf (ex. Smith-Joe-resume.pdf)
Your resume/cv should include the following information:
Personal Statement Section
Be prepared to answer the following questions as an opportunity to describe yourself, and the qualities beyond academic grades that make you ideally suited to be a Clinical Social Worker. Responses should be thoughtful, honest, yet professional, and should demonstrate excellent writing skills, critical thinking, insightfulness, and self-awareness. Be comprehensive, yet succinct in your response and use examples from your life experiences.
You will be required to provide three professional references including name, email and phone number. An email will be sent to each of these individuals upon submission of this application requesting a reference.
Admission & Readmission Applications
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.