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					  INDIANA UNIVERSITY
 PURDUE UNIVERSITY AT
     INDIANAPOLIS

MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK

     APPLICATION




              2012



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                           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




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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.



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     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 msw2012@iupui.edu.

     Thank you for considering the Indiana University School of Social Work at Indiana
     University Purdue University at Indianapolis for your MSW degree.



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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 msw2012@iupui.edu.
   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.




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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.


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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.

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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.




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                       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
                                          oia@iupui.edu
                                  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.




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                    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

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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

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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


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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

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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.




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        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: pkkinney@iupui.edu.

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: lawadmit@iupui.edu; 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
stgass@iupui.edu.


       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 stgass@iupui.edu.
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.”



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               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: (gradaid@iupui.edu)

                               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.


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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.




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                       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



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                                          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


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        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.




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                    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




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                  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

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              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 aosborn@iupui.edu 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.




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        2012
  ADMISSION
APPLICATION

   Indiana University
School of Social Work
                   at
                IUPUI




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                      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




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                               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
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                       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
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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 taldavis@iupui.edu.




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                                   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./.



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                             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 _________________________




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                               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
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     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.




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                               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?

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     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.




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                               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/




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                                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



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                                     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.
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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.



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                                        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:      ____________________________________________________________




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