Current IU students can skip step #1. Potential students should complete both application forms.

It is important that you provide complete and accurate information when applying to the School. The IUSSW reserves the right to withdraw an application and/or revoke an offer of admission if you do not provide this information in a timely manner.

Complete all required fields on each page before moving to the next page of the form. In addition to answering the questions on the form, provide the following information/documentation within the relevant sections:

  • Personal Statement

    Please respond to the following questions  in no more than three pages, single spaced, in a 12 point font.  

    1. Describe the ways in which your life experiences (volunteer, employment, educational, and personal experiences) have led you to choose a major in social work. . 
    2. Tell us about your experiences with different forms of diversity (such as gender, social class, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, LGBTQ status, age) and what you have learned from those experiences that may support your work with diverse client groups. 
    3. Select a social problem (such as access to health care, racial disparity in the criminal justice system, special education or school discipline, immigration, marriage equality, income inequality). Describe and analyze the current state of this issue. 
  • Academic Transcripts

    Please submit one current academic transcript from each college/university you have attended. This includes transcripts from study abroad, from institutions where you were enrolled for academic credit as a non-degree student, and/or for credits that you transferred to another college/university. Provided transcripts must show all completed and/or in-progress coursework. Scanned student copies or unofficial transcripts are accepted. However, self-reported or advising transcripts are not accepted. Please note that if you attended Indiana University, you do not need to submit your Indiana University transcripts.

    Submitted transcripts must include:

    • your name
    • the institution's name
    • your dates of attendance
    • the grades you received for each completed course in all of the terms you attended

    Degree information, including the degree received and the date of its receipt (if applicable) must be on the transcript. If degree information is on a separate degree document (i.e., a diploma), please create one PDF that includes both the transcript and the degree document. Please do this, as applicable, for each college/university for which you are submitting a transcript.

    Include a copy of the transcript key or interpretation guide. This information appears either on the back of the transcript or in a separate document. If your transcript(s) is not in English, please provide a certified English translation.

    Before uploading the documents to the relevant section of the online application form, mark out your social security number and birth date so they cannot be read.

    The IUSSW reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission if any discrepancies are found on your transcripts and/or if transcripts are not provided to the School in a timely manner.
  • Recommendation

    Identify one professional (direct supervisor) or academic reference who is willing to write a letter of recommendation for you. Make sure you include the correct email address for the referee in your IUSSW application form. Once you submit your application form, an email will be sent to the referee that includes a link to an electronic Web form. The referee can upload a letter of recommendation to the form or enter text directly within the form. The referee will be asked to address questions about characteristics social workers must have and how these relate to your personal and professional characteristics.

Contact Information

Darlene Lynch

Phone: (219) 980-7111



  • You must click "Submit" before the system emails the electronic Web form to your referees. The submit button is at the bottom of the "Review Your Application" webpage of the IUSSW application form.
  • Keep all emails that you receive from the School.
  • Incomplete applications will delay processing and will not be reviewed for admission.