About the Program

The Indiana Wesleyan University Master of Social Work degree program is designed to offer non-residential students an opportunity to pursue a MSW degree in a asynchronous learning environment. Our courses offer a personal, professional, and innovative experience for all learners seeking to practice social work at the advanced clinical level. The clinical specialization is built upon a foundational integrative generalist practice approach to the social work profession that draws on individual and community strengths to work toward social justice in their respective communities. The IWU Social Work program provides a biblical perspective on social, economic, and environmental justice and the intrinsic worth of all people.

MSW Program Mission Statement

The mission of the IWU MSW Program is to prepare social work students for advanced clinical social work practice and provide opportunities for students to become world changers who have a desire to integrate personal faith and learning to maximize one’s ability to be of service to fellow human beings. The program is committed to creating a personal, professional and innovative experience in the online environment.

MSW Program Goals

As stated above, the mission of Indiana Wesleyan University’s MSW online degree program focuses on students becoming world changers through development in key areas of personal and professional growth including advanced practice, service to others, and faith integration. IWU’s MSW program is defined in the context of CSWE’s nine areas of competencies, personal faith, and expectations for academic excellence.

Our program mission sets high standards for graduate social work students in emphasizing advanced clinical skill, maximum service to others and seeking to change the world.  Our MSW program goals, as outlined below, are derived from our mission and ask students to demonstrate knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective process, and behaviors associated with our mission in pursuit of personal and professional growth in areas of Commitment, Leadership, Service, Stewardship, Innovation, and Diversity.

  1. To prepare culturally competent students for advanced level social work practice, including work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  2. To equip students to integrate social work ethics and personal faith with academic excellence and research-informed practice.
  3. To equip students for advanced social work practice and leadership informed by theoretical perspectives, biblical truth, knowledge of human behavior and research.
  4. To prepare students to promote individual and community resilience and well-being through respect for racial, ethnic and cultural diversity.
  5. To equip students to advocate for human rights and justice for marginalized and oppressed people.


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. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

Although Indiana Wesleyan University is a fully accredited institution, our MSW online program is actively seeking full accreditation through Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). These preliminary steps include submission of Benchmark documents, site Commissioner visits, and final review and decision by the CSWE Council.

Full CSWE accreditation may take up to 3 years, projecting February 2019 as our targeted date. When accreditation is granted it will be retroactive to the date when CSWE granted the program Candidacy status. Therefore, if you are interested in our Advanced Standings track, please consider our application for accreditation in conjunction with your degree completion. We strongly encourage our Advanced Standings students to contact their state licensure board for more information on provisional licensing options.

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Last updated: 12/07/2016