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About IUSSW

Graduates of the Indiana University School of Social Work (IUSSW) go on to promote social and economic justice at every level-from providing for the well-being of others to shaping social and economic policies. Since 1911, the school has been dedicated to developing competent, caring professionals who are qualified to assume leadership roles in social work practice, and who strive to enrich the lives of the people they touch. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredits the Master of Social Work program at Indiana University (continuously since 1923). Whether you want to begin a career in social work, or are preparing for an advanced leadership role in practice, research, or policy development-Indiana University School of Social Work sets the standards for innovative and inspired social work education. In addition to social work, the School also serves as the home of the university's Labor Studies Program. With more than 60 years of leadership in the field of Labor Studies and labor education, Indiana University continues to pioneer innovative and quality educational opportunities in this field.

The School of Social work offers programs on campuses across the state of Indiana including Indianapolis (IUPUI), Bloomington (IUB), Richmond (IUE), Gary (IUN), Fort Wayne (IPFW) and South Bend (IUSB).

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW): Students prepare for generalist social work practice. The program is based on a strong liberal arts curriculum and provides a foundation for life-long learning.

Certificate in Case Management: Prepares students with a holistic view of the person and the knowledge of the community resources, qualifies graduates for case management positions in a wide range of human service contexts.

Master of Social Work (MSW): Graduate students prepare for advanced social work practice in selected areas of specialization at both the micro and macro levels.

Doctoral Program (PhD): Social work practitioners prepare for leadership roles in research, teaching, scholar-ship, and policy development.

Pre-Doc Exploratory Option: Prospective PhD candidates may complete up to nine credit hours of study in our doctoral program before making a formal application.

Labor Studies Program: Students are provided with the essential knowledge and skills to strengthen the labor movement and trade unionism, develop an understanding of collective action, and learn how to achieve workers' rights and equity and how to promote democratic institutions.

The Labor Studies Program provides programs at nine of the Indiana University's campuses and offers the following degrees:

Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies (120 credit hours)

Associate of Science in Labor Studies (60 credit hours)

Certificate in Labor Studies (30 credit hours)

Minor in Labor Studies (15 credit hours)

Continuing Education: The school offers continuing education on current and emerging social work issues.

IUSSW students benefit from:

  • a variety of experiences based on areas of personal interest and of importance to society
  • day, evening and part-time options
  • excellent library and technology resources to help students access valuable social science information for application in their practice
  • lab work, field practicum experiences, video taping, web-based materials, and simulation exercises that supplement classroom experiences
  • highly developed critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills so they are prepared to handle new and unforeseen social work challenges

Policy on Nondiscrimination

Based on the tradition of the social work profession, and consistent with Indiana University’s Equal Opportunity Policy, the Indiana University School of Social Work affirms and conducts all aspects of its teaching, scholarship, and service activities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, socio-economic status, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or creed, disability, or political or sexual orientation.

The School of Social Work has a strong commitment to diversity and nondiscrimination.  Indeed, diversity is celebrated as a strength.  This perspective is demonstrated by the composition of its faculty and student body, curriculum content, and recruitment and retention activities. Further commitment is demonstrated through participation in university committees dealing with oppressed populations, numerous service activities, including advocacy on behalf of the disadvantaged, the selection of field practicum sites, and by school policies related to promotion and tenure of its faculty.