College of Professional Studies

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

Please note:  Prospective students are encouraged to more fully explore IUSSW and all of its programs by thoroughly reviewing our website:

For additional information on the MSW Program at the Fort Wayne IPFW location, please click here:

MSW Program Information Sessions:

Information Sessions about the MSW Program offered at IPFW are scheduled for the Fall 2016 semester.  To register for any of these information sessions, please click on the link here: and click on the Info Session Event “Find Out More” link to register for a session.

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.  Our MSW Program is an IUPUI program, not an IPFW program.  However, IPFW hosts our program in Fort Wayne by providing services, classrooms and office space.  Students in the MSW Program at the IPFW campus register through IUPUI and are considered IUPUI students. 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. 

The MSW Program in Fort Wayne at IPFW operates on a cohort model and we begin a new cohort every three years.  Our current cohort began in Summer II, 2014 and the next cohort will begin Summer Session II, 2017.

Applications for new cohorts will be available in the Fall of the year preceding the start of a new cohort.  For example, MSW applications for the 2017 cohort will be available on this website in August 2016.

Advanced Standing

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 existing cohort group at the beginning of the second year in the three year cohort model.  Advanced standing status is offered on all campuses to exceptional applicants who possess a BSW from an accredited school of social work. Acceptance for advanced standing is not automatically granted to every applicant.  Applicants will be evaluated based on the quality of their application and mastery of the BSW curriculum.  Applicants must begin the MSW program within 5 years of BSW graduation.  For example, BSW graduates from 2010 must begin the MSW program no later than 2016.  The one year advanced standing accelerated program is only offered at the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis.

Frequently Asked Questions

On the link below, prospective students will find information about social work as a career path, the application process, calculating your grade point average, and financial aid among other things.  This information is not comprehensive but may be helpful as you consider our MSW Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 

Grade Point Average Requirements:
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 Program Practicum Experiences

Both the Intermediate curriculum and concentration curriculum of the MSW program include field practicum courses with field instructors and agencies that meet the standards of Indiana University School of Social Work.  Practicum experiences give students the opportunity to work in agencies under the supervision of an experienced MSW.  Practicum courses are taken either prior to or concurrent with classroom course work.  MSW students  are encouraged to have field practicum experiences in two different agency settings.  The School is responsible for arranging the field placements in partnership with students and agencies.  Attention is given to students' learning needs, professional goals, and interests.  Students in practicum are expected to meet professional service responsibilities, following the work schedule of their field agencies during holiday periods and/or semester recess in order to meet service needs. It is important to note that practicum experiences occur in agencies during typical business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

S555 Intermediate Practicum I

The first practicum experience (S555) takes place during the intermediate courses in the curriculum, which occurs half way through year 2 (spring semester) of the 3 year part time MSW Program and it requires 16-20 hours a week for one semester (320 total hours, or 240 total hours for students with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and Advanced Standing status).  The Intermediate Field Practicum is a generalist placement (i.e., not specialized) while the Concentration Field Practicum coincides with the student's field of practice concentration. 

S651/S651 Concentration Practicum II/III

The second practicum experience (S651 & S652) takes place during the concentration year (year 3, Fall and Spring semesters) and matches the student's chosen concentration.  This practicum requires 640 hours and is generally completed over the course of two semesters (fall and spring) or in a block placement format, spring semester, year three.  Normally, in the two semester sequence, placements occur 16-20 hours per week or each semester for a total of 640 hours in one agency setting.  When students choose a block placement for their final semester, students complete 32-40 hours per week for one semester.

The MSW Field Manual, Practicum Agreement Forms and Practicum Application forms may be found by clicking on the link "Field" on this website:

MSW Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for the MSW Program can be accessed by clicking on the link below: 

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 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.


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:  BSW, MSW and PhD programs, please visit our web site at