Indiana University

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Referred to as "Indiana" or "IU," Indiana University Bloomington educates more than 48,000 students per year, and many of these students earn a degree from school's social work program. Located in Bloomington, Indiana, the school is the largest university and the flagship school of the Indiana University system. Indiana University is one of the country's Public Ivy universities — a designation that refers to the top public schools that provide a similar quality of education as Ivy League schools. IU Bloomington consistently ranks in the top 50 public universities in the United States and in the top 100 national universities in the country.

Indiana University – Bloomington Accreditation Details

Indiana University is a member of the North Central Association and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Council on Social Work Education accredits the IU School of Social Work.

Indiana University – Bloomington Application Requirements

Admission to IU is selective, and applicants must earn a diploma from an accredited high school. Students may also have the option to complete the Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma for admission consideration. Applicants must indicate their cumulative GPAs as well as satisfactory scores on the ACT and/or SAT. An application essay is required in which applicants will describe their career and academic plans as well as special interests such as leadership opportunities and undergraduate research that they are eager to pursue. Other decision-making factors include leadership experience, work experience and community service. Applicants may choose to submit one teacher recommendation and one counselor recommendation, although these letters are not required for admission.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Indiana residents can expect to pay $10,534 for full-time undergraduate degrees, and nonresidents will pay $34,846 for the same programs. Students pay a flat tuition fee that includes 12 to 18 credit hours per semester. Students pursuing a Master of Social Work will pay $441.50 per credit hour if they are an in-state resident and $990.99 credit hour if they are an out-of-state resident. Those seeking financial aid must first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will allow them to apply for scholarships, work-study, grants and loans.

Social Work Degrees Available

Indiana University Bloomington offers the highest-ranked Master of Social Work degree program in the entire state, and IU Bloomington is home to the oldest university-affiliated School of Social Work in the country. Students seeking a career in the field of social work can choose from a number of degree programs, including a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), a Master of Social Work (MSW), Continuing Education and Labor Studies.

The School of Social Work at Indiana University Bloomington is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Through the competency-based Bachelor of Social Work program, students will be able to engage in research-informed practice, demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, engage in practice that respects differences and diversity and assess, intervene and evaluate practice with communities, organizations, groups, families and individuals.

In addition to top-notch classroom experiences and faculty, the BSW degree program offers an extensive opportunity for internships that allow students to learn from veteran social workers, work in agencies and develop an understanding for the career they'd like to pursue after graduation.

The 120-credit-hour BSW degree includes 52 credit hours devoted to social work courses and 42-45 credit hours in general/supportive liberal arts courses. Students must fulfill the remaining credit hours through elective courses. Required courses include Introduction to Social Work, Small Group Theory and Practice, Understanding Diversity in a Pluralistic Society, Human Growth and Development in the Social Environment and Organizational Theory and Practice. Students will also learn about social welfare policy and practices, community behaviors and practices and take a practice-policy seminar in the fields of practice.

Program support courses for the BSW at IU Bloomington include an introduction to sociology, an introduction to psychology, American government, human biological science, modern American history, public speaking and either a professional writing skills course or a writing course approved by the campus.

In addition to a Bachelor of Social Work, IU Bloomington also offers a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program with a concentration in Clinical and Community Practice. Like the BSW, the MSW is also accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is designed to provide students with the skills they need to select a career within the field of social work. Graduates of the oldest university-affiliated School of Social Work in the country will have the ability to promote economic and social justice, build healthier organizations and communities and shape economic and social policies.

Since the field of social work is an ever-changing profession that must keep up with the demands of various types of people and society as a whole, the school regularly reviews the School of Social Work's curriculum. Students will progress through three distinct levels as they work toward their advanced degree in social work.

Students will first take a number of foundation courses, including Generalist Theory and Practice, Social Policy Analysis and Practice, an Introduction to the SW Profession and Diversity, Human Rights and Social Justice. Advanced-standing students will begin in the practice area courses.

The school offers several concentration courses that are designed to prepare students with more depth and breadth in their knowledge base as they learn about the underlying theories of social work practice. These concentration courses also help to advance their critical thinking in order to prepare graduates for entry into specialized concentrations or fields of practice. Courses include Executive Leadership Practice, Assessment in Mental Health and Addictions, Community and Global Theory and Practice and Clinical Theory and Practice.

Upon completion of the Concentration Curriculum, students will enter the Practice Area curriculum. Students will take courses in mental health and addictions, assessing various conditions from recovery-oriented, strengths-based, consumer-focused, in-person environment and other types of perspectives. Students will develop the skills necessary to serve as clinicians, counselors, case managers and advocates with and for addiction and mental health counselors. Coursework includes Social Work Practice: Addictions, Practice Research Integrative Seminar, Community-Based Practice in Mental Health and Addiction, Mental Health and Addictions Practice: Individuals and Families and Mental Health and Addictions Practice with Groups. After graduating from a social work program at Indiana University Bloomington, students are able to search for, discover and evaluate research studies and apply these findings in their evidence-based social work practice.