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INDIANA UNIVERSITY PURDUE UNIVERSITY AT INDIANAPOLIS MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK APPLICATION 2012 1 Table of Contents Topic Page Introduction & Application Due Dates 3 Admission Requirements 5 Admission Policies Applicable to IUSSW Applicants 6 Transfer Students 7 International Applicants 9 Frequently Asked Questions 10 Online University Graduate School Application 13 Joint Degree Programs - Law and Public Health 15 Financial Aid 16 IUPUI Cohort Information & Schedules 18 Advanced Standing 20 Child Welfare Scholars Program for DCS Employees 23 2012 ADMISSION APPLICATION 24 2 INTRODUCTION FOR PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) It is an exciting and challenging time when you begin to consider graduate school options. Professional social work education requires students at the master’s level to undertake a rigorous program of classroom and field study. The Indiana University School of Social Work (IUSSW) seeks to admit individuals who have demonstrated competency through previous academic work, professional achievements, and volunteer commitments. A strong commitment to social justice and service to others should be evident in the application. The school also seeks to provide an ethnically and culturally diversified student body. IU School of Social Work programs are offered at Indianapolis, South Bend, Gary, Richmond, Fort Wayne and New Albany campuses. The administrative home of the IU School of Social Work (IUSSW) is on the IUPUI campus. You may apply to only one campus in an application cycle/year. General information about the 2012-2013 Indiana University MSW program and the IUPUI application are contained in this document. We recommend that you review the IUSSW website in its entirety before beginning. You will find information there about financial aid, tuition, faculty, course descriptions, etc. The IUSSW website is www.socialwork.iu.edu and you will find links to other campuses where the MSW program is offered. Applicants with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE accredited program conferred in 2007 or later must apply for advanced standing status. If granted this allows the applicant to enter the MSW program at the intermediate level (which means credit is given for the first 15 hours of the MSW degree). This is a self-managed application process – everything required must be submitted by the applicable deadline and in one application packet, not in separate mailings. Incomplete applications will not be processed. It is better to submit a completed application shortly after the priority date than it is to submit an incomplete application by the priority date of February 3rd, 2012. Prospective students, who are not advanced standing, who submit their application by the priority date will receive early notification of their admission status by March 31st, 2012. The actual application deadline is April 20, 2012. A complete application involves sending it by certified mail (regular mail is acceptable; however, certified mail with return receipt allows the applicant to be notified of the arrival of the application), or dropping it off in person by 5:00 pm on deadline dates. Your application must be postmarked no later than the due date to be accepted. You must also complete an online graduate school application (eApp). Each campus assesses a fee as a part of this process. The online application is a necessary and required step, and it must be completed before you turn in your paper application packet. 3 Application Deadline Dates Review of applications for the 2012-2013 academic year will begin late in 2011. Notification of decisions for admission for applications received by the priority date of February 3, 2012 will be sent out by March 31st. (Advanced Standing applications are due January 13, 2012.) It is advisable to submit your complete application packet to the School of Social Work well in advance of the priority date. Applications received after the February 3rd date will be processed and notifications will be made as long as space is available. APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Advanced Standing applications received after will January 13, 2012 not be considered for the 2012-2012 academic year. All persons who graduated with BSW degrees in the last 5 years must apply for Advanced Standing to be considered. Applications for all other programs received after April 20, 2012 will not be considered for the 2012-2013 academic year. International applications must be received by the university no later than March 1, 2012. However, international applicants are encouraged to meet the MSW February 3, 2012 priority application deadline. Applications must be postmarked by the above dates or if hand delivered the application must be received by 5:00 pm. Important Information Regarding Admission Deposit If you are accepted to the IU School of Social Work at IUPUI, you will be asked to submit a $100 deposit to hold your place in the program. Upon enrollment, the deposit will be credited toward your tuition. If you do not attend classes in 2012, you will forfeit your deposit. If after reading this document in its entirety you have any questions about the material in this application, or the application process, please feel free to direct questions to the school at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for considering the Indiana University School of Social Work at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis for your MSW degree. 4 Admission Requirements for All Applicants A limited number of students are admitted each year. The following items are the minimum requirements for consideration for admission: 1. Evidence of an earned bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association, by providing an official transcript showing verification of the degree. 2. Evidence of course work in liberal arts, demonstrated by the successful completion of a minimum of six courses in social or behavioral sciences. Courses are accepted from the following disciplines: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Social Work. An applicant may have no more than 3 pre-requisites from Economics or Political Science. Other listed majors may have all six pre-requisites from their discipline. Applicants who are unclear whether a course will be accepted as a social or behavioral science pre-requisite course are encouraged to seek pre-approval. This may be done by submitting a syllabus or a course description Xeroxed from a school bulletin. A syllabus is preferable. Please send materials to a MSW Student Services Coordinator at email@example.com. 3. Evidence of successful completion of one course in statistics. This course can be taken in any discipline and on any level (graduate or undergraduate) so long as it was taken at an accredited college or university. The school does not recommend any specific course. The course may be taken pass/fail with approval. See pre- approved list in another folder on this CD. Applicants who are unclear whether a course will be accepted as a statistics pre-requisite course are encouraged to seek pre-approval. See above for pre-approval process. 4. An earned cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the final 60 credit hours (or 90 quarter hours) of the degree. Those seeking an exception to this requirement should utilize the Petition for Exceptional Consideration found in the 2012 Admission Application. Admission to the Master of Social Work program is a very competitive process. Simply meeting the minimum requirements listed above does not guarantee admission. 5 ADMISSIONS POLICIES APPLICABLE TO IUSSW APPLICANTS Admissions Committee The admissions process is guided by the MSW Admissions Coordinator and conducted by faculty serving on the MSW Admissions Committee. In evaluating applicants, faculty reviewers take into consideration the following factors: 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 required writing sample and application questions. 3. Graduate course work performance (if any). 4. Judgments by faculty reviewers of the candidate’s commitment to social work and suitability for the profession, based on a reading of the application. 5. Length and type of work and volunteer experience. 6. Letters of reference. 7. Evidence of personal qualities considered important for the practice of social work. 8. Diversity considerations. Applicants will receive one of four admission responses: Applicants are accepted, conditionally accepted (based on completion of pre-requisites or undergraduate degree); accepted on probation (based on successful completion of a requirement for a 3-credit hour writing course); or denied. Admission is competitive and the instructional resources of the school determine total enrollment. Admissions Decisions Admissions decisions will be relayed to the applicant electronically. It is imperative your application have a current email and you inform us if there is a change. It is recommended that a non-university email be used because university accounts are typically closed after graduation. Neither the IUSSW Admissions Coordinator, the IUPUI MSW Director, Executive Administration, nor any admissions committee member will disclose to an applicant the reason admission is denied. Once you submit your application to the IU School of social Work, it becomes the property of the school and its content or copies of its content will not be released under any circumstances. Probationary Admission If an applicant demonstrates marginal scholarly writing skills, he/she may be admitted on probation with the addition of a 3-credit hour writing course that must be passed successfully (earn a B or above) prior to beginning MSW coursework. This may impact the date of matriculation for the applicant. If the writing course is completed successfully the applicant may then begin MSW coursework in the next academic year. For a student admitted on probation who does not attend the summer writing course or pass with the required grade, the offer of admission will be rescinded. 6 Transfer Credit A person with graduate credits in a behavioral science field may potentially transfer one three-credit hour course to the MSW program with the following caveats: the school must approve it as an elective and the course must not be more than five years old at the time of MSW graduation. Course work that is part of a conferred graduate or undergraduate degree may not be considered for transfer credit. Incomplete Applications Incomplete applications will not be processed. Transfer Students Transfer students from other accredited MSW programs may apply at any time and may be accepted if space is available. Master of Social Work students interested in transferring to Indiana University must complete the entire IUSSW application and also provide the following additional documentation: a) a reference letter from the previous MSW Program Director stating that the student left the program in good standing and verifying the student’s competence in the field of social work; b) an official transcript reflecting all completed MSW coursework; and c) a course syllabus from every MSW course completed to determine transferable credit in the IUSSW MSW curriculum. This application is not subject to the same deadlines; it can be submitted at any time. Upon receipt of the completed application, the Admissions Committee will review the materials and decide if the applicant will be accepted into the program. If accepted, the student’s transcript and course syllabi will be analyzed to determine which credits earned in another accredited social work program will transfer to Indiana University. In all circumstances, however, the transfer student must complete all required courses in the chosen IUSSW concentration curriculum. Graduate Testing The Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT), and other graduate tests are not required in order to be considered for admission into the MSW program at the Indiana University School of Social Work. Continuous Enrollment Students are expected to maintain continuous enrollment throughout their course of study. A student in good standing may request a temporary, time-limited leave of absence (Stop Out). Students initiate this process by contacting their faculty advisor. Failure to comply with notification to Stop Out may impact ability to register upon re- entry. Time Limitation All requirements for the MSW degree must be completed no more than five years from the date of the student’s first enrollment at the IU School of Social Work. Course Load A graduate student may not carry more than five courses in any fall or spring semester. In the summer no more than two courses can be taken each session. 7 Life Experience Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience is not given in whole or in part toward the social work degree. Repeat Applicants Applicants who have applied to the Indiana University School of Social Work in past years will need to submit an entirely new application. We do not keep files for students who apply and are not admitted or who do not enroll. Additionally, you must submit a new university graduate school application each year that you apply and are required to pay the application fee again. Sex Offender Policy It is the policy of the School of Social Work that no students or applicants who have been convicted of sex offenses against children shall be eligible for admission or matriculation into the BSW, MSW or PhD programs. Procedures to implement the sex offender policy are under review for the IU system. 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. 8 INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS The following individuals are required to submit additional international application materials for the Office of International Affairs: foreign nationals or U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees, and political asylees who have completed their undergraduate studies outside the U.S. You must submit BOTH the paper Social Work Admissions Application as well as the online application (eApp) within the stated time frame. Complete the eApp via the Graduate School website at the following link: https://uisapp2.iu.edu/sisad-prd/p/Guest.do?methodToCall=start&inst=IUINA&career=GRAD. IUPUI Office of International Affairs 902 W. New York St., ES 2126 Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA Telephone: (317) 274-7000 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.international.iupui.edu The Office of International Affairs is responsible for all travel and immigration documentation and orientation to living in the United States. Upon arrival, all international students and exchange visitors must report to this office. International applicants are reviewed in two processes, by the School of Social Work and by the Office of International Affairs. It is very important that these processes are treated individually and requested documentation is provided to EACH office by the deadlines required, even when they seem to duplicate one another. International students must provide evidence of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language System administered by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations) academic version examination within the past two years in the paper application to the IU School of Social Work. Minimum scores for TOEFL are Paper-Based: 650; Computer-Based: 250; and Internet-Based: 100. Minimum scores for IELTS are 7.5-8.0. International applications must be received by the university no later than March 1, 2012. However, for the MSW program, the priority date for applications is February 3, 2012. All international applicants are encouraged to meet this priority deadline. 9 Frequently Asked Questions IS SOCIAL WORK THE RIGHT CAREER FOR ME? The National Association of Social Workers has a comprehensive site which offers much information about the profession of Social Work. Additionally, informative issues are discussed regarding advocacy and a copy of the Code of Ethics is provided which you must be able to follow in practice. You are encouraged to review all these areas before deciding if Social Work is the right career for you. The web site address is http://www.socialworkers.org. WHEN CAN I APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM? A potential student can submit their application anytime. It is wise to submit it as early as possible, even before the priority date of February 3, 2012. January 13, 2012 is the deadline for all advanced standing cohorts (graduates of BSW programs). Advanced Standing applicants are asked to please wait to submit your application until your fall grades are on your transcript if you have not yet graduated. April 20, 2012 is the final deadline for all applicants other than advanced standing. MY APPLICATION WAS SUBMITTED EARLY AND I STILL HAVE NOT HEARD. SHOULD I BE WORRIED? No. The admissions committee reviews advanced standing applications first and then all other applications in order of starting dates. Many applicants will not receive a decision prior to mid-March. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO APPLY TO THE MSW PROGRAM? The cost for a university graduate school application to the MSW program is currently $60.00. This money is collected through the on-line application (eApp) process. This is the only fee for application. DO I NEED TO SUBMIT MY GRE SCORES? No, IUSSW does not utilize the GRE scores – they will not be viewed even if submitted. WHAT IS AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT? An official transcript is one that comes from the University which typically has a raised seal or some other documentation that denotes authenticity. Sometimes, a student will get an envelope that says “not official once opened.” Please do not let that stop you from opening the envelope – as long as it is officially from the University, there will be no problems with IUSSW accepting it as official. Many institutions are moving to electronic productions of transcripts. These are acceptable as long as they are the institution’s official transcripts. Please check with your registrar to verify before submitting with your 10 paper application. The electronic transcript needs to be sent to you and printed to be included in your paper application. HOW ARE GPA’S FIGURED? IUSSW requires a GPA of 3.0 for the final 60 credit hours (or 90 quarter hours) of an undergraduate degree. Each applicant should review their transcripts to ensure that they have a clear understanding of their GPA. IUSSW uses a four point scale when calculating GPA. For admission review, we do not use a grade forgiveness policy. This requires us to calculate all undergraduate grades shown on all transcripts. Therefore, you need to be aware that the Cumulative Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) used for our review may not correspond with what is listed on your final transcript. All applicants with an undergraduate GPA below a 3.0 must submit the “Petition for Exceptional Consideration” for the application to be reviewed. Each applicant should check their transcripts to determine the value placed on each grade that was used to calculate their final GPA. Each school may vary in the scale they use for GPA calculation. In order to be equitable, IUSSW will figure all applicants GPA based on the following four-point scale: A = 4.0 A- = 3.7 B+ = 3.3 B = 3.0 B- = 2.7 C+ = 2.3 C = 2.0 C- = 1.7 D+ = 1.3 D = 1.0 D- = .7 F = .0 Every course is assigned a grade. The cumulative GPA is based on a formula that includes the number of credit hours of the course and the grade assigned divided by the total number of credit hours. [# credit hours X value of grade / total credit hours] As an example: S100 3 credits B+ = 9.9 (3 X 3.3) S150 4 credits A- = 14.8 (4 X 3.7) 7 24.7 24.7/7 = 3.52 (GPA) Each student needs to look at their final 60 credit hours (or 90 quarter hours), apply the above scale and formula to determine the exact GPA. When calculating your GPA, do not break semesters in half, but calculate approximately 60 credit hours to determine your GPA. You may have more than 60 when calculating, depending on your semester load. If you are very close to 3.0, you may want to fill out the Petition for Exceptional Consideration. This petition, if necessary because of your undergraduate GPA, is required even if you have completed more recent graduate level coursework with a higher 11 GPA. Also, do not round GPA numbers. For example, a GPA of 2.98 is not rounded up to 3.0. You are asked to calculate your GPA with these guidelines and record it on the checklist you submit with your application packet. WHAT IF MY GPA IS LOWER THAN 3.0? CAN I STILL APPLY? Absolutely - IUSSW recognizes that every applicant has not necessarily enjoyed the same access to and opportunities of undergraduate education. However, it is necessary that an applicant address the issues that impacted their lower GPA in a written petition. Therefore, we have provided a form titled “Petition for Exceptional Consideration” in the Admission Application for use in this situation. It outlines the information needed in the petition. Please give a compelling argument about your ability to now be successful in graduate school. An applicant with a GPA of 2.99 or below and no petition will not be considered for admission. It may be prudent for an applicant with a GPA of “near” 3.0 to submit this petition. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ADMITTED TO THE MSW PROGRAM ON PROBATION? If an applicant demonstrates limited scholarly writing skills, he/she may be admitted on probation with the addition of a 3-credit hour writing course that must be passed successfully prior to beginning MSW coursework. The writing class requirements will be explained in your acceptance letter. AM I REQUIRED TO HAVE ALL OF THE PRE-REQUISITES COMPLETED BEFORE I APPLY TO THE MSW PROGRAM? No, the pre-requisite classes, including statistics, must be completed before the start of your MSW coursework. There will be no exceptions to this requirement. An applicant can be admitted conditionally, based on the successful completion of the required pre- requisite course(s). If the conditions are not met by the required dates, the offer of admission will be withdrawn or delayed for a year. IS THERE A MINIMUM GRADE FOR THE PRE-REQUISITE COURSES? WILL A LOW GRADE IN THESE COURSES NEGATIVELY IMPACT MY ABILITY TO BE ADMITTED? While there is no minimum grade for each course, you must receive a passing grade. IUSSW wants each student to possess the knowledge/content of the course. An applicant that is unsure of their abilities is welcome to take the course on a pass/fail basis. WHAT ABOUT REFERENCES? DO NOT SEND INDIVIDUAL REFERENCE LETTERS DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOL. Applicants are required to collect no more than three letters of reference using the Request for Reference Form included in the application. If four are included 12 one will be randomly destroyed. All references must be current; one reference should be from either a current supervisor or academic professional, when available. For the remaining references, we highly recommend you use academic and/or professional (paid or volunteer) references when possible. IUSSW prefers that not all three references be from academic professionals or the same category. Not every applicant has a current professional affiliation with former professors. We encourage each applicant to choose those persons who can best speak to their abilities to practice social work and succeed in graduate school. Please note that applicants should never use friends, neighbors, family members or significant others. Additionally, please carefully consider the use of clergy or counselors – sometimes these individuals are limited in their scope of answers due to confidentiality issues. It is never recommended to use an old reference letter as they do not provide the most current information regarding the applicant. Advanced Standing applicants need a 4th reference and there is a separate form for this faculty reference. Please be sure to read the reference forms completely and fill out the sections you need to complete, including the waiver statement. When giving each of your referees this form to fill out, please be sure to provide them with a self-addressed stamped envelope for their use. Make sure that you note on the envelope somewhere that it contains a reference. References must be received in sealed envelopes with the referee’s signature across the flap to be considered valid. You will also need to make all necessary arrangements to receive these sealed envelopes/references in time for you to include them in your admissions packet. You may need to follow up with your referee if the deadline is approaching and you have not received your reference form. Unsealed reference letters will warrant the application ineligible for review. We do not accept faxed or emailed reference letters. WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN I SIGN THE REFERENCE WAIVER? Once you submit your application to the IU School of Social Work, it becomes the property of the school and its content or copies of its content will not be released under any circumstances. This includes reference letters, even when you sign the waiver. The waiver only allows admitted students to read these letters. Therefore, we encourage you to make copies of your materials, when possible, prior to mailing your application to keep for your records and request additional copies of the reference letters if you wish to use them in future situations. Some referees and application reviewers feel letters written in total confidence are the strongest references possible. I AM CONFUSED ABOUT THE ON-LINE UNIVERSITY APPLICATION PROCESS. DO I HAVE TO APPLY TWICE? Every applicant on the IUPUI campus must submit an online university graduate school application, also known as the eApp, in addition to the MSW graduate school paper application. Do not write entirely in lowercase or caps when entering your application data. Please use correct punctuation. The eApp must be submitted prior to or concurrent with the paper MSW application. It is used for collection of demographic information and registration access to the IU computer system, as well as to collect the payment of the application fee assessed by the university. Your paper application to the MSW program 13 will not be processed without completion of the eApp and payment of the online application fee. The eApp can be accessed by the following link: https://uisapp2.iu.edu/sisad- prd/p/Guest.do?methodToCall=start&inst=IUINA&career=GRAD. WHAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FINANCIAL AID? The majority of the resources for graduate students in the MSW program are in the form of student loans. All students are encouraged to search for individual opportunities for financial aid. Utilizing internet sites such as www.fastweb.com or www.finaid.org can be helpful. Do not pay for any searches for financial aid awards. This information is free to anyone. More information about financial aid can be found in this application under “Financial Aid”. DOES A FIELD PLACEMENT ABROAD DELAY GRADUATION? Students interested in an international practicum need to understand that it may extend their graduation date because some classes are only offered in the spring when they may be abroad. IF I AM HESITANT ABOUT MY WRITING SKILLS WHAT CAN I DO? In Indianapolis, a 3-credit hour writing course (S400, Scholarly Writing for Social Work) is currently being offered in Summer I and Summer II semesters and anyone can enroll on a first come/first serve basis. It is an undergraduate course meant to help students improve their scholarly writing skills. If the writing course is your only pre-requisite for the program, you will not be able to receive financial aid due to the financial aid credit hour enrollment requirements. 14 JOINT DEGREES AT IU SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK The IU School of Social Work offers two joint degrees: MSW/JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) and MSW/MPH (Master of Public Health). Please note that an applicant interested in either joint degree program must follow all of the admissions requirements, application guidelines and time frames for acceptance into each program. If an applicant is accepted into both programs, there will be a meeting of advisors from each program with the student to plan the course of study. MSW/JD (Master of Social Work/ Doctor of Jurisprudence) Advocacy is central to the mission of both the law and social work professions. Education in both disciplines provides professionals with unique knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of serving vulnerable populations and combating injustice. The required law school curriculum for this joint degree program includes the law school's first and second-year required courses and the course in professional responsibility. Candidates spend their second year of the program primarily in the School of Social Work working on the required core curriculum for the MSW degree. Students are required to complete a concentration in the School of Social Work in the second through fourth years of the program, which includes a social work practicum/internship. Candidates are also required to write a research paper on a topic that addresses the fields of law and social work and that is designed to meet the advanced writing requirements of the law school. Requirements: 82 credit hours of law courses; 51 credit hours of social work courses; social work practicum/internship; research paper. For additional information, contact: Ms. Patricia K. Kinney, Esq., Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202; Phone: 317-274-2459; Fax: 317-278-4780; email: email@example.com. For application materials and additional information on this joint degree program, contact: Admissions Office, Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, 530 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225; Phone: (317) 274-2459; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://indylaw.indiana.edu/courses/jointdeg.htm. The Social Work advisor for this joint degree program is Sherry Gass at (317) 274-6727 or email@example.com. MSW/MPH (Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health) The MSW/MPH allows a student to have a concentration in either Health Policy and Management (85 total credit hours) or Behavioral Health (82 total credit hours). The joint degree allows a student to complete both the MSW and MPH in 4 or 5 years. The Social Work advisor for this joint degree program is Sherry Gass at (317) 274-67276 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information regarding the MPH, please visit their web site at http://medicine.iu.edu/body.cfm?id=3918&oTopID=3918. Site Navigation: Click on website above, then click on “Prospective Students” link on the left. Next, click on “Academic Programs” and then scroll down to “Dual Degree Curriculum.” 15 FINANCIAL AID & PROGRAM COSTS Opportunities for financial aid for graduate students are very different from those for undergraduates. It is important to understand that graduate students are only eligible for federal work study and loans through the federal government, and not grants. In order to obtain a student loan, the following steps must be taken: Step one: Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which is available online January 1st at www.fafsa.ed.gov . Submit the online FAFSA preferably by the priority deadline of March 10th. Be sure that you release this information to the Indiana University Office of Financial Aid, as well as any additional universities you may be applying to. You do this under the section titled “School Choices”. The IUPUI-SWK School code is 001813. Step two: Students admitted to the IU School of Social Work will receive Financial Aid information via OneStart and University email. Students should monitor their “to do” list on OneStart. Please contact the office below for more information: IUPUI Office of Student Financial Aid Services 420 University Blvd, Suite 250 Indianapolis, IN 46202-5145 MSW Financial Aid Liaison: (email@example.com) www.iupui.edu/~finaid (317) 274-4162 Fees and Tuition The cost for attending the MSW program varies depending on the length of time you are in school. Every student will need 60 credit hours. Every Advanced Standing student will pay tuition for 45 credit hours and an administrative cost for 15 credits by credential which will be approximately $300. The IU School of Social Work has some limited funds that are available in the form of gifts/scholarships. The applications for these funds are made available in the fall semester of each year. The amounts vary between $500-1,000. Additionally, there are opportunities for IUPUI students to have a work study job within the department. This will require a student to work 10 hours per week for the entire academic year. In order to qualify for work study, you must apply for financial aid. 16 For up-to-date information about tuition and fees in effect at the time of registration, visit http://www.bursar.iupui.edu. New tuition rates are typically announced prior to the fall semester and are subject to change. IUPUI Fees/Costs Greater than 6 3 – 6 credit hours credit hours Tuition (per credit hour) $371.00 in state $371.00 in state $855.00 out of state $855.00 out of state Mandatory Fee $323.00 in state $188.35 in state $323.00 out of state $188.35 out of state Mandatory Fee (summer) $226.00 in state $139.90 in state $226.00 out of state $139.90 out of state The university and the IUSSW reserve the right to change the amounts of tuition and fees at any time without notice, as necessitated by university and legislative action. Living Expenses It is impossible to give close estimates of the cost of living in Indiana, but in addition to the fees for students, room and board run from $700 monthly upward; while bus fare, laundry, and incidentals may average $250 monthly. Books and other supplies cost approximately $600 per semester. Expenditures for personal items depend upon the individual student. Housing For information about housing on the IUPUI campus, please contact the IUPUI Office of Housing & Residence Life, 1226 W. Michigan, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5180, (317) 274- 7200, (800) 631-3974, or www.life.iupui.edu/housing. For off campus housing information contact the student advocate office at www.life.iupui.edu/advocate/housing.php. 17 IUPUI COHORTS AT A GLANCE There are a number of options for attending the MSW program at IUPUI. A student must choose from one of the following cohorts: full-time day; part-time evening or the part-time Saturday cohort. The first 30 credit hours of the program students must stay in their chosen cohort. After completion of the first 30 hours, the cohort model ends and students begin taking courses in their concentration year. The schedule for these concentration classes will vary, and students will have to take classes offered in the mornings, afternoons, evenings and Saturdays. Each student needs to understand that the concentration year can be done full-time in two semesters, or can be extended to accommodate part-time student schedules. All coursework must be completed entirely before the practicum ends. Regardless of which cohort you choose – the following information is for all cohorts: 1. As a graduate student, one must be prepared for a very rigorous program of study which includes classroom, class preparation, research, reading and practicum time. It is generally difficult to work full-time and attend school full-time. 2. There are two separate field experiences for each student. The first one (555) is a one semester, 20 hours/week experience. The concentration practicum is done either in two continuous semesters, 20 hours per week, or in a one semester block at 40 hours per week (651 & 652). 3. A student needs to know that the field practicum hours are available exclusively during the day. 4. An applicant may only apply to one campus and one cohort per year. 5. All cohorts will begin in the Fall semester. 6. A mandatory full-day orientation will be held Friday, June 8, 2012 (8:30 am – 6:00 pm) so please mark your schedule now for this important date. PART-TIME PART-TIME FULL-TIME EVENING SATURDAY 8/21/12 8/21/12 8/25/12 START DATE [T] [T] [S] 9:00am – 11:40pm 9:00am – 11:40am DAY/TIME & 6:00pm – 8:40pm & (Foundation and Intermediate) 1:30pm – 4:10pm [T & R] 1:00pm – 3:40pm [T, W, & R] [S] DEGREE 2 Years 3 – 4 Years 3 – 4 Years COMPLETION SUMMER Required Optional Required SESSIONS STUDY HOURS 30 hrs/wk 16 hrs/wk 16 hrs/wk NEEDED INTERMEDIATE Spring 2nd Spring 2nd Spring FIELD 20 hrs/wk 20 hrs/wk 20 hrs/wk CONCENTRATION Typically 20/wk Typically 20/wk Typically 20/wk FIELD Spring & Fall Spring & Fall Spring & Fall M=Monday, T=Tuesday, W=Wednesday, R=Thursday, F=Friday, S=Saturday 18 S O O T C E U S M WC H R S H D LE 2012 b a ge Su ject toch n oh C ort Fall Sp in r g m Su I m Su II Fall r g Sp in m Su I Su II m Fall r g Sp in 8/20/12 1/7/13 501* 513 on tra ou 7 C cen tion C rses * 501 is taken 514 er ov 8 d ays (T, , W &R s) u im F ll-T e 502 [Tor R] 516 503 [Tor R] 517 Schedule determined by Concentration selected. 504 [Tor R] /R [T ] 505 [Tor R] 9:00am- 4:30pm + S555 r m + P acticu S651 &S652 9:00am- 4:30pm r P acticum 2 Sem s, r k r lock for 1 sem ester 20 h s/w or 40 h b ester r k 20 h s/w 501 502 [T] /R 505 [T ] /R 513 [T ] 516 [T] 514 [T] on tra ou 7 C cen tion C rses 503 504 [R] 517 [R] P t-T e [T/R] :0 :4 pm 6 0- 8 0 ar im Schedule determined by Concentration selected. ven g E in :0 :4 pm 6 0- 8 0 :0 :4 pm 6 0- 8 0 :0 6 0- 9 5 :1 pm :0 :1 pm 6 0- 9 5 :0 :4 pm 6 0- 8 0 +S 555 ra P cticu m P cticu 2 sem ra m esters, 20 h k r lo rs/w o b ck 20 hrs/wk 501 502 505 513 516 514 on tra ou 7 C cen tion C rses 503 504 517 9:00 – 11:40am ar im P t-T e Schedule determined by Concentration selected. 9 0– 1 :4 am :0 1 0 :0 9 0– 1 :4 am 1 0 8 5- 4 5 :4 :1 pm :4 8 5- 4 5 :1 pm 9:00 – 11:40am r ay Satu d 1 - 3:40pm :4 pm 1- 3 0 :4 pm 1- 3 0 +S 555 ra m P cticu 2 semesters, 20 h k r lo rs/w o b ck ra P cticum 20 hrs/wk = onday, T T M M = ednesday, R T = uesday, W W = riday, S= = hursday, F F Saturday 19 IUPUI ADVANCED STANDING COHORTS AT A GLANCE IUSSW offers advanced standing status to BSW students who meet specific qualifications. A BSW graduate (from a Council on Social Work Education accredited program) must apply to an advanced standing cohort if the conferral date of their degree is within the last 5 years. An advanced standing student can choose the accelerated, full-time, part-time evening or Saturday program cohort. If offered advanced standing, the applicant will be given credit by credential for the first 15 hours of the program, which entails a $300 fee. The next 15 credit hours of intermediate level courses will occur based the on cohort chosen. After completion of these intermediate courses, the cohort model ends and students then begin taking courses in their concentration. The schedule for these concentration courses will vary, and students may choose classes from the available options, including those offered in the mornings, afternoons, evenings and Saturdays. Each student needs to understand that the concentration courses can be done full-time in two semesters, or can be extended to accommodate part-time student schedules. Regardless of which advanced standing cohort you choose – the following information is for all cohorts: 1. As a graduate student, one must be prepared for a very rigorous program of study which includes classroom, class preparation, research, reading and practicum time. It is generally difficult to work full-time and attend school full-time. 2. Each applicant must submit their BSW field evaluations and a 4th letter of reference. The 4th reference letter must be written by a full time (not adjunct) faculty member from your school. 3. All advanced standing applications are due January 13, 2012 and an applicant may only apply to one campus and one cohort per year. 4. There are two separate field experiences for each student. The first one (555) is a one semester, 20 hours/ week experience. The concentration practica (651 & 652) are done either in two continuous semesters, 20 hours per week, or in a one semester block at 40 hours per week. 5. A student needs to know that the field practicum hours are available exclusively during the day. 6. A mandatory full-day orientation will be held Friday, March 23, 2012 (9:00 am – 6:00 pm) so please mark your schedule now for this important date. 20 IUPUI ADVANCED STANDING COHORTS PART-TIME PART-TIME ACCELERATED FULL-TIME EVENING Saturday 5/09/12 1/08/13 6/26/12 6/29/12 Start Date [W] [T] [T] [S] 9:00am – 12:15pm 9:00am – 11:40am 9:00am – 11:40am Day/ & & 6:00pm – 9:15pm & Time (intermediate) 1:30pm – 4:30pm 1:30pm – 4:10pm [T & R] 1:00pm – 3:40pm [T & R] [T & R] [S] Degree 1 Years 1.5 Years 2 – 2.5 Years 2 – 2.5 years Completion Summer Required Optional Required Required Sessions Study Hours 30 hrs/wk 30 hrs/wk 16 hrs/wk 16 hrs/wk Needed Summer Spring Spring Spring Intermediate 5091/12 – 8/06/12 2013 2013 2013 Field 20 hrs/wk 20 hrs/wk 20 hrs/wk 20 hrs/wk Typically Typically 20 Concentration Typically 20 hrs/wk Typically 20 hrs/wk 20hrs/wk hrs/wk Field Spring & Fall Spring & Fall Spring & Fall Spring & Fall M=Monday, T=Tuesday, W=Wednesday, R=Thursday, F=Friday, S=Saturday 21 ADVANCED STANDING COHORT SAMPLE SCHEDULE 2012 Subject to change Cohort Summer One Summer Two Fall Spring Summer Summer Fall Spring 2014 5/9/12 6/25/12 8/20/12 1/7/13 One Two 514 [T/R] 513 [T/R] 7 Concentration Courses 9:00 – 12:15 pm 9:00 – 12:15pm Advanced 516 [T/R] 517 [T/R] Schedule determined by Concentration selected All Requirements are Complete. Standing 1:00 – 4:15pm 1:00 – 4:15pm Accelerated & 555 Practicum Practicum 20 hours/week for both semesters 20 hours/week for both summer sessions 513 7 Concentration Courses 514 516 Schedule determined by Concentration selected. Advanced 517 Standing Full- [ T/R ] Time 9:00-4:10pm Practicum - 20 hrs/week for 2 semesters or Block & 555 Practicum [Arranged days/times] 513 [T/R] 516 [T] 514 [T] 7 Concentration Courses 517 [R] 6:00 – 8:40pm Advanced & 555 Practicum Schedule determined by Concentration selected. Standing Part- Time Evening 6:00-9:15pm 6:00 – 8:40pm [Arranged Practicum - 20 hrs/week for 2 semesters or Block days/times] 513 516 514 7 Concentration Courses 9:00 – 11:40am 9:00 – 11:40am 8:45 am - 4:15 pm Advanced & 555 Practicum Schedule determined by Concentration selected. Standing Part- [Arranged Time Saturday 517 days/times] 1:00 – 3:40pm Practicum - 20 hrs/week for 2 semesters or Block M=Monday, T=Tuesday, W=Wednesday, R=Thursday, F=Friday, S=Saturday 22 CHILD WELFARE SCHOLARS PROGRAM PART-TIME PROGRAM The Child Welfare Scholars Program is offered through the Indiana Child Welfare Education and Training Partnership. The Child Welfare Scholars Program enables students to complete the Foundation and Intermediate Curriculum (the first 30 credit hours of the program) over two calendar years. The final 30 credit hours, which is the concentration year, varies based on the choices made (i.e., child welfare or leadership concentration). For additional information regarding this program, please contact Anita Osborn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 274-2965. Eligibility for the Child Welfare Scholars Program is limited to current full-time employees of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) who have permanent status. Please note that the IUSSW admissions process is a separate and distinct process from the DCS funding process. After an admission decision is made by IUSSW, the DCS will make funding recommendations. Additional information regarding the funding process will be supplied after successful admission to the MSW program. Please note that the number of available Child Welfare Scholars Program slots is limited and not all eligible applicants are guaranteed funding. It is imperative that an applicant wanting this funding apply as early as possible. An applicant may choose to request Child Welfare Scholars Program status and funding and attend the part-time (evening or Saturday) program. Advanced standing status is available for BSW graduates entering the Child Welfare Scholars Program. See “IUPUI Cohorts at a Glance” for more information and Advanced Standing information if applicable. 23 2012 ADMISSION APPLICATION Indiana University School of Social Work at IUPUI 24 ATTENTION APPLICANTS The following pages (pp. 26-40) contain the required forms for admission. Please enclose all forms, including the checklist, when submitting your application. Without this checklist, or any other portion of the following pages, the application is considered incomplete and will not be processed or considered for admission. Advanced standing students only must also submit a 4th reference letter and field evaluations. This is a self-managed application. The applicant gathers all documents and sends them in one package to the school. Keep the following in mind: Do not use binders or any other special packaging. Do not send the application to the school until it is complete. Send the application via US Postal Service certified mail with “return receipt” so that you know the school has received the application. Due to the volume of applications received please do not call to confirm that your application has arrived. Make sure the application is post-marked no later than the due date. You may also include a self-addressed, stamped POSTCARD and we will return it to let you know your application has been received and is complete. If the application is hand-delivered it must be received by the campus to which you are applying on the due date by 5:00 pm. Please mail your completed application directly to: IU School of Social Work ATTN: MSW Admissions Office/Talena Huntsman 902 W. New York St., ES 4134B Indianapolis, IN 46202-5156 25 IUPUI APPLICATION CHECKLIST NAME: Check if completed On-line university graduate school application (eApp) at https://uisapp2.iu.edu/sisad- prd/p/Guest.do?methodToCall=start&inst=IUINA&career=GRAD (Required of every student, including those who have previously/currently attended any IU campus.) Please note date submitted: _________________ Paper application documents/information to enclose: Application demographic form Self disclosure statement Pre-requisite documentation Resumé Application questions (for advanced standing applicants pp. 33-34) Writing sample GPA calculated for last 60 hours (or 90 quarter hrs) of undergraduate degree _______ (See directions for figuring GPA on p.11) GPA Petition (required if GPA is 2.99 or below) Official Transcripts. List names of universities attended beginning with most recent and attach official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degrees and/or coursework. 1) 2) 3) 4) International applicants enclose language or examination scores. Letters of recommendation. List names of references: 1) 2) 3) 4) [Advanced standing only] Practicum Evaluation forms for Advanced Standing ONLY Junior evaluation (if applicable) Senior evaluation (if currently in senior practicum, must be submitted when completed) My signature signifies that I have read and understand the commitment to the MSW program. This also verifies that all of the information submitted has been completed solely by myself and all written documents were created for this application process. Signature Date 26 INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK 2012-2013 Master of Social Work Application Packet Applicant Demographic Information (Last Name, First, Middle) STUDENT ID NUMBER or ONLY LAST 4 DIGITS OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. Are there application materials, such as transcripts, that you are providing that are under a different name? YES NO If yes, please list other names by which you have been known: CURRENT ADDRESS PERMANENT ADDRESS Street Street City State Zip City State Zip DAYTIME PHONE NUMBER EVENING PHONE NUMBER (Area Code) Number (Area Code) Number EMERGENCY CONTACT NAME EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE # BACHELOR’S DEGREE(i.e., BS, BA): MAJOR: DATE CONFERRED: UNIVERSITY: E-MAIL ADDRESS (admission decision will be sent via this email): DATE OF BIRTH: GENDER (circle one) Female Male ETHNICITY (check one) CITIZENSHIP STATUS (check one) White (Non-Hispanic) US Citizen African American/Other Black Non-US Citizen (in US on student visa) American Indian/Native American Immigrant, Permanent Resident Asian American/Other Asian J Visa Chicano/Mexican American F Visa Puerto Rican Other Other Latino/Hispanic Pacific Islander Multiple Race/Ethnicity Other IUPUI PROGRAM PREFERENCE (Select one) Full-time Part-time Evening Part-time Saturday Advanced Standing Accelerated Advanced Standing Full-time Advanced Standing Part-time Evening Advanced Standing Saturday Child Welfare Scholars Program Part-time Evening Child Welfare Scholars Program Part-time Saturday Advanced Standing Child Welfare Scholars Program Part-time Evening Advanced Standing Child Welfare Scholars Program Part-time Saturday 27 IUPUI offers concentrations in the following areas. Please check your tentative area of interest at the time of application: ____ Mental Health/Addictions ____ Health ____ Child Welfare ____ School Social Work ____ Leadership PLEASE ATTACH A PROFESSIONAL RESUMÉ THAT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING: 1. EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE: List ALL colleges/universities attended starting with the most recent. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY REQUEST THAT TRANSCRIPTS FROM ALL COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES ATTENDED BE SENT DIRECTLY TO YOU to be included in your completed application packet. Transcripts do not have to be in sealed envelopes, but must be on official university paper. Applicants from Indiana University must also submit all official (on university paper) transcripts, including Indiana University transcripts. Many institutions are moving to electronic productions of transcripts. These are acceptable as long as they are the institution’s official transcripts. Please check with your registrar to verify before submitting with your paper application. The electronic transcript needs to be sent to you and printed to be included in your paper application. 2. PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE List all paid employment in chronological order starting with the most recent. Please be specific in describing the position held. List all positions held, including part-time and full-time. Please account for all your time for at least the past ten years. 3. PRACTICA/INTERNSHIPS List all practica or internships and briefly describe dates, roles and activities. 4. RELEVANT VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Please list each organization, dates volunteered and briefly describe role/activities. THE ONLINE UNIVERSITY APPLICATION The university graduate school on-line application (eApp) is available at https://uisapp2.iu.edu/sisad- prd/p/Guest.do?methodToCall=start&inst=IUINA&career=GRAD. Students should submit this university graduate school application prior to submitting the MSW paper application. Do not write entirely in lowercase or in caps when entering your application data. Please use correct punctuation. The MSW Admissions Committee cannot finalize the review of your application if you do not have a current eApp on file. If you have problems or questions with the online university graduate school application contact Talena Huntsman at (317) 274-8364 or email@example.com. 28 Prerequisite Documentation Please list below all prerequisites you have completed and record on the corresponding line each course name and course number. If the course has not yet been completed, mark with a "P" for pending in the box requesting date completed. Then note, in the box, your plan to complete it prior to enrollment in the MSW program. It is very important that every applicant (including Indiana University students and/or graduates) understands that he/she must document that they have completed, or will complete, the required prerequisite courses listed in this application. (If the pre-requisite is not necessary for your current undergraduate degree requirements, then it can be taken pass/fail.) Social/Behavioral Science Courses Social- If class not in fields If not completed, date listed below (*), check Behavioral Course title Course planned for completion if you have attached a Sciences number course description, syllabus or pre-approval email 1 2 3 4 5 6 *(We accept undergraduate and graduate level courses in any combination from Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Criminal Justice and Social Work.) No more than 3 pre-requisites may be from Economics or Political Science. Other listed majors may have all six pre-requisites from their discipline. Statistics will count toward the 6 if it was taken in a social science area. List the courses exactly as they are shown on the transcript. Statistics All statistics courses that have been previously approved by the School can be found under “Pre-Requisite Statistics Course List” on the IUSSW website (http://socialwork.iu.edu) or in a separate folder on the application CD. Each course is listed by State, institution name, course number and title. If found, please indicate below in the appropriate slot. The course title, number, and institution must match exactly. Do not assume that all course titles are interchangeable and therefore, acceptable. IF YOUR COURSE IS NOT ON THE LIST THEN YOU MUST PROVIDE APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTATION. Appropriate documentation is a syllabus or a course description Xeroxed from a bulletin. An application will be considered incomplete (and therefore not eligible for review) if the appropriate documentation is not attached to this form as requested. (See page 5 for pre-approval directions.) Please list the courses below EXACTLY as they appear on your transcript. All prerequisites must be completed before the start of the MSW program. Statistics Course title: Course Is course Is documentation If not number: listed on attached if course completed, approved is not listed? date planned roster? for completion Year taken: Yes ____ Grade received: No _____ If you need to enroll at IUPUI in order to complete these pre-requisites you must apply as an undergraduate, non-degree student. Get instructions online at http://enroll.iupui.edu/admissions/undergraduate/non-degree./. 29 INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK SELF-DISCLOSURE STATEMENT FOR ALL APPLICANTS This form must be completed and submitted by EVERY applicant. Yes No 1. Are you, or have you ever been the subject of any disciplinary proceedings while attending any college, university, or other post-high school educational program? Yes No 2. Have you ever been convicted of any violation of law, or are there any charges pending against you? (Include all criminal offenses, i.e., felonies and misdemeanors.) Yes No 3. Are you or have you ever been the subject of any disciplinary proceedings by any professional organization? Yes No If yes to question #2, do you wish to appeal to the School of Social Work’s Policy on Sex Offenses? For a copy of the policy, please see Admission Policies Applicable to IUSSW applicants in this document. If you have answered “Yes” to any of the questions, you must attach a personal statement of explanation giving full details and an explanation of the event. Also, include the facts and the disposition of the case. Please be advised that answering “Yes” to any of the above questions does not automatically disqualify your application. In addition, it is also appropriate to discuss significant issues disclosed here in your application questions. Additionally, please note that in order to obtain a license to practice social work in Indiana one must : a) Furnish satisfactory evidence to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency that the individual does not have a conviction for a crime that has a direct bearing on the individual's ability to practice competently and/or b) Furnish satisfactory evidence to the agency that the individual has not been the subject of a disciplinary action by a licensing or certification agency of another state or jurisdiction on the grounds that the individual was not able to practice as a social worker or clinical social worker without endangering the public. Signature _______________________________________ Date _________________________ 30 INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK 2012 APPLICATION QUESTIONS (BSW Advanced Standing applicants go to Application Questions on pages 33-34.) One of the most important aspects of your application is your ability to communicate, in writing, that you meet all of the requirements of IUSSW. This is to be accomplished through the application questions and a writing sample. It is of utmost importance that all materials are written exclusively by the applicant. Any indication that someone else has substantially helped with or written this statement is grounds for rejection of the applicant or dismissal from the MSW Program. Application Questions The application questions should be a total of 6-8 double-spaced, typewritten pages using 12- point font. Please do not type out each question but number your responses accordingly. Your responses will aid the Admissions Committee in assessing your qualifications for professional social work practice. Qualifications looked for are: the ability to think analytically and conceptually; clarity in self-expression; responsiveness and sensitivity to diversity; commitment to improving social conditions; and the ability to function creatively, responsibly and independently. 1) What is your perception of the profession of social work and how do you account for your interest in this field? This could include a history of paid or volunteer experiences that support your choice of social work as a profession. 2) The social work profession goes beyond working with individuals, groups and families to also include advocacy, public policy, leadership and management, community organizing and development. How do you see this fitting into your career as a social worker? 3) The concept of cultural pluralism emphasizes respect for diversity of values, heritages, customs and lifestyles. We are interested in your experiences with people from diverse populations. For each of the following diverse groups, describe how you have worked with each. If you have gaps in your exposure to diversity, what is your plan to broaden your effectiveness to work respectfully and effectively with each of these populations? a) Ethnicity (race, culture) b) Spiritual tradition different from your own c) Age d) Disability e) Socio-economic status f) Sexual orientation 4) When social workers are in a situation where they must choose between two relevant, but competing choices, and where each choice may have an undesirable consequence for the parties involved, this is called an ethical dilemma. Describe an ethical dilemma you have experienced. Discuss your decision-making process and factors which contributed 31 to the ultimate outcome. Please protect confidentiality, and DO NOT reveal names of individuals or organizations. 5) Graduate school provides learning opportunities that require an investment of time and energy. Plan to spend an average of 36 hours per week on homework for a full-time load of four courses. In addition, three semesters of field practica require approximately 20- 24 hours per week. Discuss why you are prepared to attend graduate school at this time in your life/career. Please describe plans that you are making to adjust your personal and professional life in order to successfully participate in: a) The coursework, class preparation and assignments. Academic pursuits require approximately 9 hours a week per class. b) Two separate field practica of approximately 20-24 hours per week for 3 semesters that could be emotionally charged. These practica must be completed at practicum agencies during daytime hours; rarely do practicum sites offer night/evening/weekend hours. 32 INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK 2012 APPLICATION QUESTIONS FOR BSW ADVANCED STANDING APPLICANTS ONLY One of the most important aspects of your application is your ability to communicate, in writing, that you meet all of the requirements of IUSSW. This is to be accomplished through the application questions and a writing sample. It is of utmost importance that all materials are written exclusively by the applicant. Any indication that someone else has substantially helped with or written this statement is grounds for rejection of the applicant or dismissal from the MSW Program. Application Questions The application questions should be 6-10 double-spaced, typewritten pages using 12-point font. Please do not type out each question but number your responses accordingly. Your responses will aid the Admissions Committee in assessing your qualifications for professional social work practice. Qualifications looked for are: the ability to think analytically and conceptually; clarity in self-expression; responsiveness and sensitivity to diversity; commitment to improving social conditions; and the ability to function creatively, responsibly and independently. 1) As a BSW graduate you are eligible to apply for an advanced standing program in social work graduate education. In light of that, address each of the following topics in no more than 4-6 pages: Discuss the factors which make you a strong candidate for graduate level study in social work. What talents and skills will you bring? Why do you wish to attend an MSW program at this time? What experiences have made you desire more professional practice training? The MSW program requires each student to choose a specific concentration for their final year. With this in mind, where do you see yourself as a social worker in the next five years? From experience in your BSW internships or in your current employment recount an ethical dilemma. Discuss your decision making process and factors which contributed to the ultimate outcome. Please protect confidentiality and DO NOT reveal names or organizations. No more than 2 pages each on these two questions: 2) The concept of cultural pluralism emphasizes respect for diversity of values, heritages, customs, and lifestyles. We are interested in your experiences with people from diverse populations. For each of the following diverse groups, describe how you have worked with each. If you have gaps in your exposure to diversity, what is your plan to broaden your effectiveness to work respectfully and effectively with each of these populations? 33 a) Ethnicity (race, culture) b) Spiritual tradition different from your own c) Age d) Disability e) Socio-economic status f) Sexual orientation 3) Graduate school provides learning opportunities that require an investment of time and energy. Plan to spend an average of 36 hours per week on homework for a full-time load of four courses. In addition, three semesters of field practica require approximately 20- 24 hours per week. Please describe plans that you are making to adjust your personal and professional life in order to successfully participate in: a) The coursework, class preparation and assignments. Academic pursuits require approximately 9 hours a week per class. b) Two separate field practica of approximately 20-24 hours per week for 3 semesters that could be emotionally charged. These practica must be completed at practicum agencies during daytime hours; rarely do practicum sites offer night/evening/weekend hours. 34 INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK WRITING SAMPLE FOR ALL APPLICANTS 2012 Provide an original, formal writing sample that demonstrates your academic abilities. This can not be a previously written paper or classroom assignment. It is not advisable to write about a topic related to your own history. Your paper must contain the following: 1. Describe an aspect of a major social problem in American society that is of interest to you. Acceptable topics would include but are not limited to substance abuse, poverty, dysfunction in the school system, crime, mental health issues, aging, health care, or homelessness. For example, if choosing substance abuse you might select presenting issues on prescription drug abuse in a certain population. 2. Recommend a course of action for social change. For the issue identified, determine a policy change or program idea that would help the population impacted. 3. Discuss the implications of this topic to social workers. 4. Provide citations and include a reference page. An abstract is not necessary. Font: 12 point Pages: 3 pages of text, no more no less, excluding title and reference page Spacing: Double spacing Format: Include title and reference page Citation style: American Psychological Association (APA) preferred For assistance with APA see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resources/560/01/ 35 INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK PETITION FOR EXCEPTIONAL CONSIDERATION An applicant who believes that her or his individual circumstances warrant exceptional consideration for a waiver of the minimum admissions requirement of an undergraduate 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours (or 90 quarter hours) of coursework must petition the MSW Admissions Committee. This is necessary even if the applicant has more recently completed graduate level course work with a higher GPA. Directions for calculating your undergraduate GPA are in the “Critical Information for all Applicants” section of this document. The waiver should be submitted by the applicant in the form of a statement entitled "Petition for Exceptional Consideration", and be stapled to this cover letter, which should be signed and dated at the bottom. The petition should include a statement indicating how the minimum admission requirement of a 3.0 GPA does not provide the applicant a fair and adequate opportunity to present himself or herself in a favorable light. The applicant should briefly discuss how (s)he has indeed demonstrated an ability to successfully excel at the graduate level. For example, an applicant might provide evidence of superior grades during the final several semesters of work prior to graduation, indicating a trend toward improved performance. Or, subsequent to receipt of the undergraduate degree, an applicant might demonstrate academic competence through achievement in another graduate program. The applicant should also discuss how, if granted admission to the MSW program, she or he plans to address potential obstacles to successfully complete the program. For example, if a low grade point average was viewed as the result of a "need to work full-time during my undergraduate studies", the applicant should discuss why that is not likely to be a factor during his or her MSW study. Finally, the applicant should attest to the accuracy of all information provided in the petition, date and sign this document. The petition must be submitted with the application packet. __________________________________ Signature __________________ Date 36 Indiana University School of Social Work MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK (MSW) Request for Reference Form Print name of reference: ______________________________________________________ Applicant’s name: _________________________________________________________________ Dear Referee, You have been selected to provide a recommendation for this applicant. Your candid assessment of the applicant will greatly assist the Admissions Committee in determining whether the candidate should be admitted for graduate study. Please complete this form and answer the questions on a separate sheet of paper. When finished, please seal this form and your letter in the envelope provided by the student and sign across the sealed flap. Then RETURN IT TO THE APPLICANT. [Applicants, please be sure to provide a stamped, self-addressed business size envelope with this form to the Referee.] DO NOT SEND THIS FORM DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOL! Application to the Indiana University School of Social Work program is a self-managed process. Therefore, the applicant is responsible for the collection and submission of all reference letters. This ensures that the applicant knows the application is complete when submitted. Please complete this form, staple the attachments to the form, seal in the envelope provided to you by the student, and sign your name across the sealed flap. Then return it as soon as possible to the applicant. The applicant will then submit the sealed envelope to the IU School of Social Work with their other application materials. Unsealed references will deem the applicant ineligible for review. The priority deadline for students to submit applications to the IU School of Social Work for the MSW program is February 3, 2012. (Advanced standing January 13, 2012). Please be sure to complete and return this form to the applicant within a reasonable time for them to meet the appropriate deadline. NOTICE OF WAIVER – COMPLETION REQUIRED BY APPLICANT I am aware of my rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to have access to letters of recommendation written on my behalf. I also understand that by submitting this letter of recommendation with my application packet, it becomes the property of the IU School of Social Work and therefore, my right of access is limited to viewing the document only at the school and I will not be allowed to obtain a copy of the letter from the school. I also understand that my ability to view these documents is contingent upon my being admitted and enrolling into the MSW program at the IU School of Social Work. _____ It is my desire that this letter be written in confidence and I waive my right of access to read this letter. _____ I wish to retain my right to read this document once I have been admitted to the program and enroll. Date___________________________ Signature _______________________________________ You must check one of the above options, sign and date this waiver if this letter is to be included in your file. Failure to comply will automatically forfeit the right of the applicant to read this letter. 37 SUMMARY EVALUATION: How long and in what capacities have you know the applicant? __________________________ We would appreciate a candid discussion concerning the applicant’s capabilities and limitations in relation to potential academic performance and suitability for the profession of social work. Some of the characteristics that social workers must possess are: An absolute commitment to work on behalf of oppressed populations Intellectual ability Ability to work with others Emotional stability Sense of responsibility Advanced oral and written communication skills Creativity and motivation Leadership skills Ability to think critically With the above in mind, please attach a letter addressing the following questions: 1. What strengths/weaknesses does the applicant possess that would impact his/her progress in the MSW Program? 2. How would you compare/describe this applicant’s personal/philosophical values/ethics and the congruence with the values/ethics of social work? 3. How have you witnessed the applicant’s commitment to social justice? 4. How do you rank the applicant’s ability to excel academically? RECOMMENDATION FOR ADMISSION: ___Yes, I highly recommend ___Yes, I recommend ___Yes, I recommend with reservation ___No, I do not recommend Signature__________________________________________Date_______________________ (Please print) Name ________________________________________________________________ Title/Position__________________________________________________________ Agency/Organization____________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ Degree________________________________________________________________ Are you an IUSSW Alumni? ___ Yes ___ No Please accept our appreciation of your time and effort in helping us determine this applicant’s suitability for graduate social work education. 38 Indiana University School of Social Work MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK (MSW) Request for Reference #4 -- Faculty Member ADVANCED STANDING APPLICANTS ONLY Dear Referee, _________________________________________________________________ (Print name of the Faculty Member completing this recommendation form You have been selected to provide a recommendation for _______________________________ (Print your name as the applicant) Date of BSW graduation: ________________________________________________________ (Applicant should fill this in) You have been selected specifically to discuss this candidate’s suitability for the advanced standing program. Your candid assessment of the applicant will greatly assist the Admissions Committee in determining whether the candidate should be admitted for graduate study. Application to the Indiana University School of Social Work program is a self-managed process. Therefore, the applicant is responsible for the collection and submission of all reference letters. This ensures that the applicant knows the application is complete when submitted. Please complete this form, including a separate page answering the questions on page 2, staple the attachments to the form, seal in the envelope provided to you by the student, and sign your name across the sealed flap. Then return it as soon as possible to the applicant. [Applicants, please be sure to provide a stamped, self-addressed business size envelope with this form to the Referee.] DO NOT SEND THIS FORM DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOL! The applicant will then submit the sealed envelope to the IU School of Social Work with the other application materials. Unsealed references will deem the applicant ineligible for review. The deadline for IUPUI Advanced Standing students is January 13, 2012. Please be sure to complete and return this form to the applicant within a reasonable time for them to meet the appropriate deadline. NOTICE OF WAIVER – COMPLETION REQUIRED BY APPLICANT I am aware of my rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to have access to letters of recommendation written on my behalf. I also understand that by submitting this letter of recommendation with my application packet, it becomes the property of the IU School of Social Work and therefore, my right of access is limited to viewing the document only at the school and I will not be allowed to obtain a copy of the letter from the school. I also understand that my ability to view these documents is contingent upon my being admitted and enrolling into the MSW program at the IU School of Social Work. _____ It is my desire that this letter be written in confidence and I waive my right of access to read this letter. _____ I wish to retain my right to read this document once I have been admitted to the program and enroll. Date___________________________ Signature _______________________________________ You must check one of the above options, sign and date this waiver if this letter is to be included in your file. Failure to comply will automatically forfeit the right of the applicant to read this letter. For the referee: How long have you known the applicant?______________________________________ On a separate piece of paper, please answer the following questions: 1.) What do you consider the applicant’s major strengths as a candidate for the advanced standing program at IU? 2.) The candidate is submitting his/her field evaluation(s) as part of their application. What would you add regarding his/her skill development while in placement, including the type of assignments, clientele, commitment to social work values, and commitment to work with oppressed populations? 3.) In your opinion, what distinguishes this candidate from others who are entering the standard MSW program? Is this student academically strong enough and professionally ready to enter the MSW program at the intermediate level? What skills does this applicant possess that make him/her an appropriate candidate for the advanced standing program? 4.) What reservations do you have about the applicant’s potential for successful completion of the advanced standing program? 5.) Recommendation for Advanced Standing: _____ Yes, I highly recommend _____ Yes, I recommend _____ Yes, I recommend with reservation _____ No, I do not recommend Please add any comments you may have regarding this recommendation. Signature: ________________________________________Date: __________________ Name (please print): _______________________________________________________ School: ____________________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________ 40
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