Headquartered at IUPUI
Locations on 8 IU Campuses

Introduction For Prospective Applicants

It is an exciting and challenging time when you begin to consider graduate school options. Professional social work education requires students at the master’s level to undertake a rigorous program of classroom and field study. The Indiana University School of Social Work (IUSSW) seeks to admit individuals who have demonstrated competency through previous academic work, professional achievements, and volunteer commitments. A strong commitment to social justice and service to others should be evident in the application. The school also seeks to provide an ethnically and culturally diversified student body.

The administrative home of IUSSW is on the IUPUI campus. IU School of Social Work programs are offered at Indianapolis, South Bend, Gary, Richmond, Fort Wayne, New Albany, Bloomington, and IU Online campuses. Applications are being accepted for all campuses for the 2016-2017 academic year. You may apply to only one program in an application cycle/year; and this includes MSW Direct.

Applicants with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program conferred in 2011 or later must apply for advanced standing status. If advanced standing is granted this allows the applicant to enter the MSW program at the intermediate level (which means credit is given for the first 15 hours of the MSW degree). Thank you for considering Indiana University School of Social Work for your MSW. If you have any questions contact your prospective campus:

  • IUPUI - Kristina Dhonau at krlyjack@iupui.edu 
  • IUB - Karen Allen at karealle@Indiana.edu 
  • IPFW - Kristina Dhonau at krlyjack@iupui.edu  
  • IUN - Elena Mrozinske at emrozins@iun.edu 
  • IUSB - Diane Banic at dbanic@iusb.edu 
  • IUE - Linda Melody-Cottongim at lmelody@iue.edu
  • IUS - Kristina Dhonau at krlyjack@iupui.edu
  • IU Online (MSW Direct) - Kim Crockett at swdirect@iu.edu 

Application Deadline Dates

IUPUI Indianapolis
  • Advanced Standing applications are due January 31, 2016.
  • Priority Deadline January 31, 2016.  Notification of admissions decisions for all applications received by the priority date of January 31, 2016 will be sent out by March 31, 2016. Applications received after the January 31 priority date will be processed until the final deadline.
  • The final deadline is May 7, 2016, after which no applications will be processed.
IU Southeast
  • The final deadline is July 4, 2016, after which no applications will be processed.
IU Northwest, IU Bloomington, IU South Bend
  • Advanced Standing applications are due May 1, 2016.  Applications received after May 1, 2016 will not be considered for the 2016-2017 academic year. All persons who graduated with BSW degrees in the last 5 years must apply for Advanced Standing to be considered for advanced standing or other programs. See Advanced Standing section for more information.
  • For Early Admission Consideration submit applications by January 29, 2016.  Notification of admissions decisions for all applications received by January 29, 2016 will be sent out by March 1, 2016.  Applications received after January 29 will be considered based on available space.
  • The final deadline in July 15, 2016, after which no applications will be considered.
  • Electronic MSW applications, including all references, must be submitted by 5:00 pm on these dates.
IU Online (MSW Direct)
  • 2017 Spring Semester: Applications are due on September 9th, 2016.  Orientation is in December 7th- 9th, 2016
  • 2017 Summer Semester: Applications are due on January 13th, 2017.  Orientation is in April 26th- 28th, 2017.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:

IUPUI Indianapolis
  • Advanced Standing applications received after January 31, 2016 will not be considered for the 2016-2017 academic year. All persons who graduated with BSW degrees in the last 5 years must apply for Advanced Standing to be considered for advanced standing or other programs. See Advanced Standing section for more information.
  • Applications for all other programs received after May 7, 2016 will not be considered for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • International applications must be received by the University no later than March 1, 2016. However, international applicants are encouraged to meet the MSW January 29, 2016 priority application deadline.
  • Electronic MSW applications, including all references, must be submitted by 5:00 pm on these dates.
IU Southeast
  • IU Southeast Advanced Standing students will start classes in the summer of 2017.
IU Northwest, IU Bloomington,  IU South Bend 
  • Advanced Standing applications received after May 1, 2016 will not be considered for the 2016-2017 academic year. All persons who graduated with BSW degrees in the last 5 years must apply for Advanced Standing to be considered for advanced standing. See Advanced Standing section for more information.
  • Applications for all other programs received after July 15, 2016 will not be considered for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Electronic MSW applications, including all references, must be submitted by 5:00 pm on these dates.
IU Online (MSW Direct)
  • MSW Direct has a rolling admissions process.
  • Applications received after the due date will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • You can apply at any time during the year, but must indicate the semester you hope to begin the program.
  • Semester admission is dependent upon the number of applications received for a particular quarter and each application is reviewed in order by date of completion.

You must also complete an online graduate school application (eApp). Each campus assesses a fee as a part of this process. The online application is a necessary and required step, and it must be completed before you submit your electronic application. 

Admission Deposit

If you are accepted to IUSSW at IUPUI, IPFW, IUN, IUS, or IU Online (MSW Direct), you will be asked to submit a $100 deposit to hold your place in the program. Upon enrollment, the deposit will be credited toward your tuition. If you do not attend classes in 2016, you will forfeit your deposit.