Bachelor of Social Work
“The faculty that will be teaching the courses in the Social Work program have a combination of experience in teaching, as well as being practitioners in the field.”
- Twyla Lee
The mission of Indiana Wesleyan University’s Social Work program is to equip students to enhance human well- being and to meet basic human needs. We believe that people are impacted by their environment. Our students gain first-hand knowledge regarding individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations in order to better understand this impact. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level, generalist social work practice through a variety of classroom, volunteer, and field experiences.
Indiana Wesleyan University’s College of Adult and Professional Studies Social Work program is offered online, and is tailored to meet the unique needs/experiences of working adults. It brings IWU’s Christian mission and vision, as well as an accredited Social Work program, to everyone.
Social Work professionals are employed in social service agencies, businesses or organizations working with a wide variety of vulnerable populations from within the helping profession.
Indiana Wesleyan University’s program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for over 25 years.
Relevant and Convenient
- Bachelor of Social Work students are eligible for Advanced Standing in an accredited MSW program
- Cohort groups provide mutual support
- One-time registration
- Instructors combine academic credentials with professional expertise
- Hybrid program offered with Ivy Tech Colleges
The virtual classroom is the online version of the on campus Social Work program. Students receive individual attention from instructors, interact with other students, and are part of the IWU community of learners. Through the use of various media, students are able to learn from real world Social Work scenarios and case studies.
Our program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for over 25 years; www.cswe.org, 703-683-8080.
Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org; 312-263-0456.
In accordance with CSWE standard 4.0.4, all accredited social work programs are required to provide program assessment data based on the 2015 EPAS competencies. The following link is IWU BSW most recent assessment form: IWU BSW Assessment
Tuition & Financial Aid
|Credit Hours||Onsite Tuition||Online Tuition|
|Pre-Social Work Support Courses||6 Total||$383 / credit hour||$383 / credit hour|
|Social Work||64 Total||$383 / credit hour||$383 / credit hour|
*Effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.
The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.
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Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.
Required Courses for Social Work
Below are the lists of requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.
Requirements for admissions to the Bachelor of Social Work as a pre-social work major are as follows:
- Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
- Original transcripts from all previous college or university studies at regionally accredited colleges or universities or at an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
- A maximum of 40 hours of credit may be earned through the assessed learning process.
- During the Introduction to Social Work course an Application to the Social Work Program is introduced. The application is completed in the second social work major course and an interview is completed with the Director of the BSW Program. This is followed by a formal letter of acceptance to the program.
Admission to Field Placement Internships
After all major coursework is completed each student is required to complete a Field Placement, or Practicum in a social service agency. This placement site is arranged by the Coordinator of Field Experience in collaboration with each student, aiming to align with the student’s professional goals and development needs. As such, each student will complete a Social Work Field Placement Application. The field placement takes place over a period of 6 months with an average of 17 hours per week spent in the agency. Graduation requires a minimum of 400 hours completed in the field.
The Social Work Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience. This policy is in compliance with the Council on Social Work Education standards.
- Maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.5.
- Maintain a minimum 2.7 grade-point average in Social Work Major Courses.
- Complete 120 semester hours.
- Complete 30 hours of general education.
- Completion of a total of 400 supervised hours of practicum field experience.
- Payment of all tuition and fees.
To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work degree program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.
Apply online at www.indwes.edu.
Applicants who have more than 30 credit hours of college coursework are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.
College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools
For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course credit hours and grades.
Prior Learning Assessment
Undergraduate students accepted to or enrolled in any of the CAPS associate or baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to complete Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Credit hours awarded may be counted toward general education, elective, or select core requirements as applicable to the undergraduate degree or as specified for approved graduate programs. Baccalaureate students may earn a maximum of 40 hours of credit through PLA. Associate degree students may earn a maximum of 18 hours through PLA. Undergraduate students may use PLA credit to accrue toward the 60 hours of credit required for admission to the bachelor’s core curriculum and/or to meet degree requirements while in the core and/or after the core has been completed.
Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Bachelor of Science in Social Work program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact us.
State Licensure Requirements
Because our Social Work program has earned accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which is the national accrediting body for all social work programs in the United States, students can feel confident that the Online Social Work program at Indiana Wesleyan University will prepare them for entry level practice in the field of social work. While the CSWE establishes and maintains national standards for all social work programs, each state reserves the right to establish their own standards for licensure to practice within their state borders. It is important to research and understand the proper licensing requirements for your respective state. The following links, which are organized by state, will be helpful as you seek state licensure for your work in the field of social work.
Licensure Resources by State
IWU is not permitted to offer the bachelor of social work program in California.
District of Columbia
IWU Social Work faculty members take pride in their individual relationships with their students. We care about each student's progress in not only professional development but also emotional, spiritual, and personal development. Each faculty member purposely stays up to date on current social work practices in order to maximize the effectiveness of classroom teaching.