• What criteria does the admissions committee use to make admissions decisions?

    Admissions decisions are primarily based on a review of the following:

    1. Past academic performance, as reflected in a cumulative undergraduate GPA
    2. Critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate effectively in writing, as reflected in the application questions and required writing sample and statement
    3. Graduate course work performance (if any)
    4. Personal commitment to social work and suitability for the profession
    5. Length and type of work and volunteer experience
    6. Letters of reference
    7. Evidence of personal qualities considered important for social work practice
    8. Diversity considerations
  • Can I transfer credits?

    A person with graduate credits in a behavioral science field may potentially transfer (depending on the concentration) one three­credit-hour course to the MSW program with the following caveats:

    • The school must approve it as an elective
    • The course must not be more than five years old at the time of MSW graduation
    • The coursework is not part of a conferred graduate or undergraduate degree
  • Do I need to take graduate test(s)?

    The Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT), and other graduate tests are not required.

  • When can I apply to the program?

    Potential students can apply at any time. We recommend applying as early as possible, even before the priority date. Current students enrolled in an undergraduate program must wait for their second-to-last semester grades to be posted before uploading their transcript to the IUSSW application form.

    Admission Deadline Dates
  • I submitted my application early, and have still not heard anything. Should I be worried?

    No, the admissions committee reviews applications in the order in which they were submitted. Upon review of your application, the admission decision is sent to the email address that you submitted with your application.

  • Do I need to complete two different forms to apply?

    Yes, you need to complete the University Graduate Office application form and the IUSSW application form.

  • What can I do if I am hesitant about my writing skills?

    Every spring semester, IUPUI offers a four-credit-hour writing course (S460, Scholarly Writing for Social Work). This undergraduate course helps students improve their scholarly writing skills. Anyone can enroll in this course on a first come, first served basis. To enroll in this course, you must apply as an undergraduate, non­degree student. Online instructions are available at:

    Undergraduate Non-Degree Instructions

    To determine if other writing courses are available, contact the MSW student service coordinator of the program where you want to apply.