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Accepting Applications Beginning September 1st 

The University of Southern Indiana's Master of Social Work degree program admits students in the fall semester only. The application deadlines are January 10, 2020 for admission to the Advanced Standing (BSW) and Readmissions and February 7, 2020 for admission to the two-year full time Non-BSW (Liberal Arts). 

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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:

  • Admission to Graduate Studies;
  • Earned bachelor degree from an accredited college/university before starting the program;
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate course work attempted or a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 semester hours;
  • Evidence of writing skills compatible with graduate-level standards;
  • Evidence of potential to develop into a solid graduate-level professional social worker. A personal interview and/or additional evaluative data may be required of applicants;
  • Prerequisites: Applicants must complete prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better. Minimum of 24 hours (eight courses) of social/behavioral sciences:
    • Introduction to psychology course or its equivalent;
    • Introduction to sociology course or its equivalent
    • Social work, psychology, sociology or other social science research methods course;
    • Social work, psychology, sociology or other social science statistics course;
    • Four courses from any of the following disciplines: social work, psychology, anthropology, sociology, criminal justice, gender studies, political science or economics.
  • 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:

  • Graduation within the last five years, longer periods considered on a case-by-case basis;
  • Satisfactory completion of a 400-hour generalist field placement in direct practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities under appropriate social work supervision.
  • 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 the previous course of study.

Admissions

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:

  • A completed USI Application for Graduate Study, which can be submitted electronically or by mail
  • Non-refundable USI application fee of $40
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, except for USI transcripts. Students applying for transfer from another university must be in good academic standing. Transfer coursework will be evaluated.
  • International students may be required to provide additional materials

Master of Social Work Admissions

Please read and be prepared to provide the following as part of the online MSW application (link below).

Resume/CV

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:

  • All college/universities attended, starting with the most recent, and include the name of the institution, dates attended, and degree(s) awarded. If no degree was awarded, please state such.
  • Employment history, starting with the most recent, and include name of organization, location (city and state), a brief description of duties and dates of employment.
  • Field/Internship experiences, starting with the most recent, and include name of organization, location (city and state), a brief description of duties and dates of employment.
  • Relevant volunteer activities, starting with the most recent, and include name of organization, location (city and state), a brief description of duties and dates of employment.

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.

  • Life Experience - Describe events and life experiences that have informed your choice to pursue a Master of Social Work degree and a career in Social Work. (3,500 character max)
  • Values - Describe the ways that your personal values, beliefs, and interests are congruent with the mission and philosophy of social work. (3,500 character max)
  • Diversity - Think about situation(s) when you had to deal with differences in age, race, disability, ethnicity, gender, religious and/or sexual orientation. Based on your experience, how do you plan to work with diverse and vulnerable people?  (3,500 character max)
  • Additional Experiences - What experiences have allowed you to develop the skills necessary to be an effective social worker? (3,500 character max)
  • Summary - Provide a final summary of your statement, highlighting what you consider to be the most important points for the admission committee to know about your application to the MSW Program. (3,500 character max)

Professional References

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

MSW Admission Application

MSW Readmission Application

Admission Policy

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:

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

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.

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