Schools & Divisions
Division of Social Work
About the Division of Social Work
In recognition of the time and geographic constraints of many students who seek professional social work education, the Indiana University School of Social Work offers several programs of study leading to the 60 credit hour M.S.W. degree. On the Indiana University Northwest campus both a three year part time evening program and a two year part time advanced standing programs are available. (The advanced standing is designed for students with a strong academic record who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.) Students must complete their M.S.W. within five years of their B.S.W. graduation. Various full time, Saturday, and part time day M.S.W. programs are also available on other Indiana University campuses (Indianapolis, Richmond, South Bend, Fort Wayne).
The general goal of the programs is preparation for advanced social work practice. In addition to generalist knowledge and skills, the programs provide an opportunity for development of special competence in child welfare, health, leadership, and mental health and addictions, and school social work. Educational resources for students in the program include a substantial library, an audiovisual center, student computer modules, and diversified field instruction settings throughout the state.
The Division of Social Work is a collaborative effort of the Indiana University School of Social Work and Indiana University Northwest. As part of the School of Social Work, the IUN program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The division offers the Master of Social Work on a three-year or four-year part-time schedule designed to meet the needs of working professionals in Northwest Indiana.
The MSW Program of the Indiana University School of Social Work aspires to become an data informed, continuously learning community where students, community members, professionals from diverse disciplines, and faculty engage independently and collaboratively in education, service, and research activities intended to enhance the quality of health care and social services to the people of Indiana, the United States, and throughout the world.
Mission of the MSW Program
The primary mission of the Indiana University School of Social Work MSW program is to educate students to be critical thinking, research informed, continuously learning, ethical, and effective social workers prepared for practice.
Policy on Nondiscrimination
Based on the tradition of the social work profession and consistent with Indiana University's Equal Opportunity Policy, the Indiana University School of Social Work affirms and conducts all aspects of its teaching, scholarship, and service activities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, socio-economic status, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or creed, disability, and political or sexual orientation.
The School of Social Work has a strong commitment to diversity and nondiscrimination. Indeed, diversity is celebrated as a strength. This perspective is demonstrated by the composition of its faculty and student body, curriculum content, and recruitment and retention activities; by participation in university committees dealing with oppressed populations; numerous service activities, including advocacy on behalf of the disadvantaged; the selection of field practicum sites; and school policies related to promotion and tenure of its faculty.