University of Southern Indiana


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). 

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 the following:

  • 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).

Additional Requirements for Applicants to Advanced Standing Tracks

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. 

Application Materials

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. 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

Admission & Readmission Applications

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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