Admission to the Indiana University School of Social Work (IUSSW) is competitive. We have Bachelor’s programs located across the state of Indiana and available online


Application Deadlines

Fall admission

November 15 is the priority date for the application. Later applications will be considered after this date until the program is full. Students admitted in the fall start 300 level courses in the spring.

Spring admission

May 15 is the priority date for applications. Later applications will be considered after this date until the program is full. Students admitted in the spring start the BSW Program in the fall.

To apply to the BSW program, review the IUSSW BSW website and admission instructions. Complete the undergraduate admission before applying to IUSSW.

  • Admissions Criteria

    Enrollment in the BSW program requires formal admission to the IU School of Social Work. The following are the minimum requirements for consideration for admission to the program:

    1. Regular admission to the university.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours. Although we encourage early application, advanced students may also apply.
    3. Satisfactory completion (grade of C or higher) of the required course SWK-S 141 Introduction to Social Work.
    4. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    5. Evidence of characteristics or potential required of competent social work practitioners as defined in the mission statement of the School. Such evidence may be derived from application materials, letters of reference, pertinent work or volunteer experience, and performance in SWK-S 141 Introduction to Social Work.
    6. It is the policy of the School of Social Work that no student or applicant who has been convicted of sex offenses against children shall be eligible for admission or continuation into the BSW, MSW or Ph.D. programs.
  • After Submission

    Once you submit your application, you will receive a number of emails regarding the application process:

    • The first email includes a copy of your application.
    • The second email notifies you of your application progress.
    • As part of the IUSSW application process, you must provide one professional (direct supervisor) or academic reference. Once your reference provides the necessary information requested by the School, you will receive an email that confirms your application is ready for committee review.
  • Admissions Decisions

    Once the committee review is complete, you will receive an email with a decision of admission. To accept an offer of admission, you must complete an intent form within a given time frame. Failure to meet this deadline may be cause for cancellation of admission. The offer of admission provides specific details about the intent form and enrollment process. 

    Should you choose not to enroll in the semester for which admission was granted, the IUSSW allows deferrals of up to one year. If you defer admission, you must confirm your intent at the time of the next enrollment/admission period.

    Admissions with Conditions

    Full admission to the BSW program is granted when all admission requirements are met. Tentative admission is granted contingent upon meeting specific conditions.

    Tentative admission is changed to full admission once you have met the specified condition(s). Failure to fulfill these conditions(s), as stated in the offer of admission, may result in cancellation of admission.