Admission Requirements 

Requirements for admission to the MSW program are as follows:

  1. A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to IWU.

  2. Two Letters of Recommendations are required for all applications. These should be completed by persons who have worked directly with you and can vouch for your work ethic, skills, competence, and character and/or by a university professor who can attest to your ability to perform basic social work skills and demonstrate professional identity as a social worker.

  3. Standard Track applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or higher from a baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed. Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement for the Standard Track may be accepted on a probationary basis.

  4. Advanced Standing is awarded only to graduates holding degrees from baccalaureate social work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), recognized through its International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Services, or covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors. The Regular Admission requirements for Advanced Standing are:
    • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    • Degree must be conferred within the last seven years.
    • Complete a Personal Statement.

  5. Applicants who do not have a 3.0 GPA but otherwise meet admission requirements for admission can be accepted as Probationary Admission as long as their GPA is greater than 2.5 for Standard Track and above 2.7 for Advanced Standing. Applicants who do not meet the requirement for when their degree was conferred but meet all other requirements for Advanced Standing and have an active social work license in good standing can be accepted as a Probationary Admission.

In accordance with CSWE standards, it is the policy of the IWU MSW Program that students are not given credit for life experience or previous work experience.


Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the MSW program candidates must have completed the following: 

  1. Successful completion of the MSW curriculum. 
  2. Successful completion of 500 Field Practicum hours for Advanced Standing Track and 900 Field Practicum hours for Standard Track. 
  3. Successful completion of all credits required in the core curriculum sequence with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of “C” in each course. A grade of “C-” or below will require the course to be repeated in order to continue in the MSW program. 
  4. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all IWU graduate work. 
  5. Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.


MSW Student Handbook