Indiana University Bloomington Online Master of Social Work, Indiana

Why Indiana University, Bloomington?

The online Master of Social Work offered by Indiana University, Bloomington is the online version of one of the oldest social work programs in the country. Indiana University Bloomington,  a large public research university in Bloomington, Indiana, offers comprehensive preparation for a social work career.  Applicants with an undergraduate degree in any subject are permitted to apply.

Standardized test scores are not required, and there is no minimum required GPA.

Program Snapshot

University Name Indiana University, Bloomington
Location Bloomington
State Indiana Grade A
Name of Degree Master of Social Work
School or Department Administering Program School of Social Work
Credits 60
Cost per credit $716.00
Tuition for Entire Program $42,960
Test Requirements No
Minimum GPA none
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none
Campus Visit Required? No Visit Required
Typical Time to Complete 3 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations Advanced Generalist
Synchronous Classes No
Required Courses
  • Research I Social Policy Analysis and Practice
  • Introduction to the Social Work Profession
  • Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice
  • Generalist Theory and Practice
  • Social Work Practice: Organizations, Communities and Societies
  • Assessment in Mental Health and Addictions
  • Clinical Theory and Practice
  • Community and Global Theory and Practice
  • Practicum I, II and III
  • Social Policy and Services (Advanced Generalist)
  • Research Integrative Seminar (Practice Evaluation)
  • Executive Leadership Practice
Does the Program Include a Capstone? Yes
Does the Program Include a Practicum or Internship? Yes
Other Features that Make the Program Unique Continuously accredited since 1923 Department is also home to Labor studies department strong research faculty partnerships with community agencies and teacher/practitioners
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior Engage diversity and difference in practice Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice engage in policy practice Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
Program Description This 60-credit program at a flagship state university offers good value for a comprehensive program with strong research-oriented faculty and community partnerships. Students must complete a practicum and a required capstone seminar in addition to other coursework. 

What will I Learn?

As with all programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Master of Social Work program at IU-Bloomington focuses on training ethical professional social workers who have an understanding of and a dedication to human rights and social, economic and environmental justice. Through a curriculum that offers rigorous training on clinical and administrative skills as well as the practice of research and assessment, graduates are prepared to offer services to individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations.

Required courses in the program begin with Research I,  Social Policy Analysis and Practice, and Introduction to the Social Work Profession.Key debates are addressed n Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice, and in  Generalist Theory and Practice. Students learn key professional skills in Social Work Practice: Organizations, Communities and Societies, and in Clinical Theory and Practice. Clinical skills are taught in Assessment in Mental Health and Addictions. They address the role of the social worker in international context in Global Theory and Practice, and dig deeper into the professional’s role in Social Policy and Services and Executive Leadership Practice. Three required Practicum courses accompany the required practicum work experience. Finally students participate in a capstone Research Integrative Seminar.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within  and pay $716.00 per credit for a total of 60 credits, or $42,960 in total.

How does the program fit into my life?

All classes are asynchronous, meaning that students complete coursework on their own schedule each week, including watching pre-recorded lectures and participating in online discussion. No campus visit is required. Students can enter the program in Fall, Spring, or Summer.


Continuously accredited since 1923, the School of Social Work at IU-Bloomington is also home to the Labor Studies Department on campus, leading to research and coursework opportunities for social work students. The program offers excellent value for professional training at a high-prestige flagship state university, including opportunities for research with world-class faculty. The program is quite flexible in comparison to similar programs at large state universities.