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Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Indiana University School of Social Work (IUSSW)

Welcome to the Master of Social Work Program at the IPFW Campus

The MSW Application for Advanced Standing applicants (who will begin Summer II, 2015) for the 2014-2017 cohort is now available.  Click on the link below for the               

MSW Application for Advanced Standing 2015

MSW Program at the Fort Wayne Campus

Indiana University School of Social Work offers a three year part time MSW Program on the Fort Wayne IPFW Campus.  Courses are offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the IPFW campus from 6:00 p.m. - 8:40 p.m. in order to best accommodate the needs of working professionals.  Occasionally, on line courses are also offered.

This program operates on a cohort model and we begin a new cohort every three years.  Our current cohort began in Summer II, 2014 and we plan to begin another cohort group Summer Session II, 2017.

Prospective students who hold BSW degrees from CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) accredited programs may apply for Advanced Standing in the MSW Program.  Advanced Standing Students join the 2014 cohort group during the summer of 2015.  Additional information regarding Advanced Standing is available in the MSW Application above.

Frequently Asked Questions


MSW Application Deadline for Advanced Standing Applicants

Review of application for the 2015-2016 academic year will begin late in 2014.  Advanced Standing applications received after January 9, 2015 will not be considered for the 2015-2016 academic year.  All persons who graduated with BSW degrees in the last 5 years must apply for Advanced Standing to be considered.

International applications must also be submitted by the January 9, 2015 MSW advanced standing application deadline.

Additional information can be found in the MSW Program Application above.

Admission Requirements for All Applicants

A limited number of students are admitted each year.  Admission to the Master of Social Work program is a very competitive process.  Simply meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

The following items are the minimum requirements for consideration for admission:

  1. Evidence of an earned bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited   by a recognized regional accrediting association, by providing an official transcript showing verification of the degree.
  2. Evidence of course work in liberal arts, demonstrated by the successful completion of a minimum of six courses in social or behavioral sciences.  Courses are accepted from the following disciplines:  Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Social Work.  An applicant may have no more than 3 pre-requisites from Economics or Political Science.
  3. Evidence of successful completion on one course in statistics.  This course can be taken in any discipline and on any level (graduate or undergraduate) so long as it was taken at an accredited college or university.  The school does not recommend any specific course.  The course may be taken pass/fail unless a course grade is needed for an applicant's undergraduate degree.  See pre-approved list at the end of the MSW application.  Applicants who are unclear whether a course will be accepted as a statistics pre-requisite course are encouraged to seek pre-approval.
  4. An earned cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the final 60 credit hours (or 90 quarter hours) of the degree. Those seeking an exception to this requirement should utilize the Petition for Exceptional Consideration found in the 2014 Admission Application.

The list of courses on the following link represent statistics courses that have been previously approved by Indiana University School of Social Work:

Pre-Requisite Statistics Course List 

GPA: The IUSSW wants students to have a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may petition for an exception by following the directions in the application. The petition gives students the opportunity to explain any obstacles that prevented them from achieving a higher GPA or to present other evidence about their ability to be successful in graduate school. 

MSW Course Descriptions

Child Welfare Scholars Program

The Child Welfare Scholars Program is offered through the Indiana Child Welfare Education and Training Partnership. The Child Welfare Scholars Program enables students to complete the Foundation and Intermediate Curriculum (the first 30 credit hours of the program) over two calendar years. The final 30 credit hours, which is the concentration year, varies based on the choices made (i.e., child welfare or leadership concentration). For additional information regarding this program, please contact Anita Osborn at aosborn@iupui.edu or (317) 274-2965.

Eligibility for the Child Welfare Scholars Program is limited to current full-time employees of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) who have permanent status. Please note that the IUSSW admissions process is a separate and distinct process from the DCS funding process. After an admission decision is made by IUSSW, the DCS will make funding recommendations. Additional information regarding the funding process will be supplied after successful admission to the MSW program. Please note that the number of available Child Welfare Scholars Program slots is limited and not all eligible applicants are guaranteed funding. It is imperative that an applicant wanting this funding apply as early as possible.

The Announcement for the 2014-2015 MSW Child Welfare Scholars Program is located here:

Contact Information:

If you have questions about the program offered at IPFW and would like to speak with our local program coordinator, please feel free to contact:

MSW Program Coordinator for the IPFW Campus
Indiana University Purdue University at Fort Wayne
2101 East Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

For additional information about all Indiana University School of Social Work Programs, please visit our web site at www.socialwork.iu.edu