The MSW program is offered every year in Iowa City and Des Moines. A new cohort begins every three years in the Quad Cities and Sioux City.  A new cohort will begin every two years for the Hybrid Online program.

Questions about the application process?  Contact: 


Information Sessions
We encourage prospective applicants to attend an MSW Informational Session to learn more about the admission process and our programs. To view upcoming information session dates, click on the learning center location where you would like to enroll:

MSW Programs & Locations
On the left, under "MSW Programs," you can read about our programs and find contact information for our Iowa City, Des Moines, Quad Cities, and Sioux City locations. We began a new Hybrid Online MSW Program in Summer 2018.  

How to Apply?
This is an online application process. The first step is to complete the UI Graduate College application and pay their fee; then you will receive an email with details about how to access the MSW application. The Grad College application includes a drop down box that will ask you to select the program for which you are applying. NOTE: The pdf below, MSW Important Guidelines for Applying for Admission, includes a table to assist with this step.

When completing the Graduate College application, it will provide a dropdown box for you to select which program and learning center you are applying. This can be confusing because the list will show Social Work followed by the type of program (e.g., Accelerated Advanced Standing or Advanced Standing), then the location. For reference, these are the 2019 admitting learning center names that will appear in the dropdown box:

Des Moines Learning Center shown as Pappajohn Education Center - Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa City shown as Social Work MSW [nothing follows in parentheses]
Sioux City Learning Center shown as Briar Cliff University - Sioux City, Iowa
Hybrid Online Learning Center shown as Hybrid

If you are applying to the Regular Standing program (60 s.h.) in Iowa City, select Social Work MSW.
If you are applying to the Regular Standing program (60 s.h.) in Des Moines, select Social Work MSW (Pappajohn Education Center - Des Moines, Iowa)

We have provided three links below to guide you through the MSW application process: Quick Guide, MSW Important Guidelines for Applying for Admission and the MSW Admission Policy Statement.

Upcoming Application Deadlines
December 1, 2019 for the Accelerated Advanced Standing (41 semester hours) programs in Iowa City and Des Moines.
December 1, 2019 is the priority deadline for the Hybrid Online and the Sioux City programs.  This is the Quad Cities Advanced Standing (classes start in Spring '20) application deadline also.
February 1, 2020 for the Regular and Advanced Standing (48 and 60 semester hours) programs in Iowa City and Des Moines.
February 1, 2020 is secondary deadline for the Hybrid Online program.  We are no longer accepting applications to our Hybrid Online program.
April 1, 2020 for the Sioux City program.

If you have questions after viewing the policies, please feel free to contact Tomeka Petersen with questions regarding the online application process: Thank you for inquiring about our School, and we look forward to seeing you at an informational meeting and receiving your application in the future!

A Quick Guide to applying to the MSW program



Note NEW updated instructions for the combined program.