Master of Social Work


MSW Advanced Standing

Applications Still Accepted!

Eligible applicants for Adavanced Standing will have graduated from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) between 2010-2015.  BSW graduates must apply for Advanced Standing.

Potential MSW students are required to apply to the University Graduate Program, Online Graduate Applications:nline Graduate Applications: and complete the MSW 2014-2017 Advanced Standing Application
(see Resources, right panel).

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered:
IU East School of Social Work
2325 Chester Blvd, TR150
Richmond, IN 47374
Deadline: TBA

Don't hesitate to contact us with any additional questions or concerns, 765-973-8535,




Master of Social Work Program (60 cr)

Indiana University East offers a 3 year part-time evening MSW program with a concentration in Advanced Generalist practice. The program is designed as a cohort model with a new cohort admitted every three years. The current MSW cohort began July 2014, graduating in May 2017. Advanced Standing BSW students will join the cohort in summer 2015 graduating May 2017.   

Advanced Standing

Advance standing students have achieved a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, have applied for advance standing, have been admitted to the IU graduate school, and are accepted into the MSW program as part-time evening MSW students for 2 years.
Minimum requirements:

  • Evidence of an earned Bachelor Degree of Social Work in the past five years from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Evidence of successful completion of one course in statistics
  • 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 Admission Application.

Admission to the Master of Social Work program is a very competitive process.  Simply meeting the minimum requirements listed above does not guarantee admission. The next advanced standing MSW students will start classes in summer 2015.

Please contact Marlo Dale at for more information. 

School of Social Work MSW Application

The application for the next cohort will be available upon committee approval after Oct. 1, 2013. BSW students not accepted for advance standing and any other bachelor degree holding student accepted into the next MSW cohort will begin in Summer II, 2014.

You must apply for both Graduate School Admissions and admissions to the School of Social Work.  Graduate School Admissions can be completed on-line.  School of Social Work application is available from this webpage.  Click on the link above under "Resources" titled "MSW 2014-2017 Application & Advance Standing Application".

MSW Programs of Study IU East

  • Part-time Evening Program
  • Part-time Advanced Standing Program

The Master of Social Work program consists of 60 credit hours of study and field work. The first 30 credit hours are core courses taken by all students, while the second 30 credit hours provide a concentration in interpersonal practice.

MSW 1st or Foundation Year

  • Basic, general competence applicable to the broad range of social work practice.
  • Basic competence in both interpersonal practice and planning and management practice.
  • Basic competence for practice in social-service delivery systems.

MSW 2nd or Concentration Year

Development of more advanced competence in interpersonal practice, mental health, and addictions practice.

Field Practicum Requirements

  • A student in the program is required to have field instruction (practicum) in two different agency settings.
  • Students in field practicum will follow the work schedule of their field agencies during holiday periods and/or semester recess.
  • Field instruction is available only to students who have been admitted as candidates for the Master of Social Work degree.
  • Practica are concurrent with course work. A total of 960 clock hours of practicum are required;
    • 320 hours in the foundation year,
    • and 640 hours in the concentration year.

Academic Requirements

  • Earn at least a C in each graded social work course.
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in required social work courses and a 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Earn a grade of Satisfactory (S) in all practicum courses;
    • to carry out professional activity in conformity with the values and ethics of the profession,
    • and to comply with any contract that might have been entered into with the performance review committee.

In the event of failure to meet such requirements, students will be ineligible to continue in the program.

MSW Programs of Study offered by IUPUI

  • Two Year Full-time Program
  • Advanced Standing Accelerated Full-time Program (one calendar year)
  • Part-time Day Program
  • Part-time Saturday Program

The MSW degree is open to a wide range of undergraduate degree holders.