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Social Work, MSW

Master Of Social Work

Social work is a dynamic profession concerned with the changing needs of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and society. Social workers help people in our society with social, interpersonal, financial, and health problems. They assist many types of people, including the elderly, the homeless and unemployed, abused children, substance abusers, people with disabilities, juvenile delinquents, and the chronically or terminally ill. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall employment of social workers to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026.

The IU Online Master of Social Work (MSW Direct) includes foundation coursework in diversity, human rights, and social justice; social policy; and social work practice in organizations, communities, and societies. You also explore specialized fields of practice, such as military social work, e-social work, telebehavioral health social work, mental health, and addictions. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the MSW offers an "advanced generalist" program with a focus area of Special Practice Areas in Social Work, which prepares you for work in many areas.

Your IU Online MSW prepares you to work in a broad range of practice settings, including community mental health agencies, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, employee assistance programs, family service agencies, and community service agencies, in such careers as:

  • Geriatric case manager
  • Family service worker 
  • Child protective services (CPS) social worker 
  • Foster care social worker 
  • Adult protective services agent
  • Youth services specialist 
  • Developmental disabilities specialist
  • Clinical social worker
  • Alcohol and drug abuse specialist
  • Hospital social worker

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the MSW, you must complete 60 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Social work core courses (30 credit hours)  
  • Special practice areas courses (30 credit hours) 


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Writing sample and statement (five pages or less, double-spaced)
  • Resume


SWK-D 502 Research I 3 Credits
SWK-D 505 Social Policy Analysis and Practice 3 Credits
SWK-D 506 Introduction to the SW Profession 1 Credit
SWK-D 507 Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice 3 Credits
SWK-D 508 Generalist Theory and Practice 3 Credits
SWK-D 509 SWK Practice: Organizations, Communities and Societies 3 Credits
SWK-D 517 Assessment in Mental Health and Addictions 3 Credits
SWK-D 518 Clinical Theory and Practice 3 Credits
SWK-D 519 Community and Global Theory and Practice 3 Credits
SWK-D 555 Practicum I 3 Credits
SWK-D 618 Social Policy and Services (Advanced Generalist) 3 Credits
SWK-D 623 Research Integrative Seminar (Practice Evaluation) 3 Credits
SWK-D 651 Practicum II 4 Credits
SWK-D 652 Practicum III 4 Credits
SWK-D 661 Executive Leadership Practice 3 Credits
SWK-D 676 Military Social Work: Practice Principles for Working w/Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families 3 Credits
SWK-D 677 Foundations of e-Social Work Practice 3 Credits
SWK-D 678 Telebehavioral Health Social Work Practice with Individuals 3 Credits
SWK-D 679 e-Social Work Practice with Groups 3 Credits
SWK-D 685 Mental Health and Addictions Practice: Individuals and Families 3 Credits
SWK-D 686 Social Work Practice: Addictions 3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $624.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1872.00
Note:  Additional fees will apply.
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $741.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2223.00