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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 502Research I3 Credits
  • SWK-D 505 Social Policy Analysis and Practice 3 Credits
  • SWK-D 506Introduction to the SW Profession1 Credits
  • SWK-D 507Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice3 Credits
  • SWK-D 508Generalist Theory and Practice3 Credits
  • SWK-D 509 SWK Practice: Organizations, Communities and Societies 3 Credits
  • SWK-D 517Assessment in Mental Health and Addictions 3 Credits
  • SWK-D 518Clinical Theory and Practice3 Credits
  • SWK-D 519Community and Global Theory and Practice3 Credits
  • SWK-D 555Practicum I3 Credits
  • SWK-D 618Social Policy and Services (Advanced Generalist)3 Credits
  • SWK-D 623Research Integrative Seminar (Practice Evaluation)3 Credits
  • SWK-D 651Practicum II4 Credits
  • SWK-D 652Practicum III4 Credits
  • SWK-D 661Executive Leadership Practice3 Credits
  • SWK-D 676Military Social Work: Practice Principles for Working w/Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families3 Credits
  • SWK-D 677Foundations of e-Social Work Practice 3 Credits
  • SWK-D 678Telebehavioral Health Social Work Practice with Individuals3 Credits
  • SWK-D 679e-Social Work Practice with Groups3 Credits
  • SWK-D 685Mental Health and Addictions Practice: Individuals and Families3 Credits
  • SWK-D 686Social Work Practice: Addictions3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $597.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1791.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $716.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2148.00
Note:  Additional fees will apply.

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