Overview of the Master of Social Work Online Program

At IWU, the Master of Social Work (MSW) is no ordinary master’s program. It will challenge you to commit to academic excellence, serve people with compassion and understanding, and integrate your faith into your social work practice. Faculty with years of experience in the field will lead you through relevant coursework and internship experiences, preparing you for licensure and advanced practice.

  • Maximum flexibility | Online with internship elements that allow students to get hands-on experience in their area of interest. A residential MSW program is also available, which is a hybrid of the online and in-class learning formats.
  • Choose your pace |Advanced standing track (16 months) and standard track (24 or 33 months) options available.
  • Affordable tuition | $559 per credit hour

You’ll learn to…

  • Prepare for advanced social work practice by building essential clinical skills
  • Grow personally and professionally as you integrate your faith experiences into your service as a social worker
  • Serve and advocate effectively using theory, policy, research and the insights you gain from practice
  • Affect positive change in individuals, families and communities by drawing on their strengths

Why IWU?

  • Faculty members have extensive professional experience and academic credentials
  • Robust resources available to help you excel, from tech support to 24-7 tutoring
  • Tuition guarantee lets you lock in your tuition cost at the beginning of your program
  • IWU is a stable, non-profit, regionally accredited institution

Career Possibilities

  • Therapist
  • Case Manager
  • Program Director
  • Agency Director
  • Social Service Supervisor

Career Data

  • Projected Change in Employment in US, 2019-2029: 0% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economics Modeling Specialists, Intl.)
  • Median Salary in US, 2019: $50,470 (Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl.)

The Mission of the IWU MSW Social Work Program

The mission of the IWU MSW Program is to prepare social work students for advanced social work practice through an emphasis on clinical skills and assist students who desire to integrate personal faith and learning in becoming world changers through service to their fellow human beings. The MSW program is committed to training social workers who embody a global and person-in-environment perspective, demonstrate respect and humility in responding to diversity in their fellow human beings, value scientific inquiry and the pursuit of truth, promote individual and societal justice, uphold inherent human rights, seek to address conditions that limit them, and seek to eliminate poverty and advance the well-being of others.

Further, the MSW program seeks to prepare students who uphold, embody and promote core social work values including service to others, honoring the dignity and worth of all people, acknowledging the importance of human relationships, and valuing personal integrity and competence. The program is committed to creating a personal, professional and innovative experience in the online environment to achieve its mission.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior in advanced social work practice.
  2. Engage diversity and difference in advanced social work practice.
  3. Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice in advanced social work practice.
  4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice in advanced social work practice.
  5. Engage in policy practice in advanced social work practice.
  6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in advanced social work practice.
  7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in advanced social work practice.
  8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in advanced social work practice.
  9. Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in advanced social work practice.

Diversity Statement

“IWU, in covenant with God’s reconciling work and in accordance with the Biblical principles of our historic Wesleyan tradition, commits to build a community that reflects Kingdom diversity. We will foster an intentional environment for living, teaching and learning, which exhibits honor, respect, and dignity. Acknowledging visible or invisible differences, our community authentically values each member’s earthly and eternal worth. We refute ignorance and isolation and embrace deliberate and courageous engagement that exhibits Christ’s commandment to love all humankind.”

In this vein, the MSW program is also committed to recruiting and accepting MSW students without regard to “…age, class, color, culture, disability and ability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, marital status, political ideology, race, religion/spirituality, sex, sexual orientation, and tribal sovereign status” (CSWE Educational Policy 3.0 – Diversity), and as thus, the MSW Program has adopted this language.