Iowa City MSW Program

Iowa's best MSW Program is Now Recruiting You

CHANGES TO COME: In the next handful of weeks, we will be announcing a newly-redesigned MSW curriculum and launching a newly-redesigned website! Some areas of our current website may not yet reflect the most current information for prospective students, but please bear with us as we work through all of the necessary updates.

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Iowa City MSW program brochure - we are currently updating our brochure. 

Application deadlines:

  • December 1 for the Accelerated Advanced Standing program

  • February 1 for the Regular and Advanced Standing program

The University of Iowa's MSW program prepares social workers for leadership in the profession and for advanced social work practice in one of two concentrations: Social Work Clinical Practice or Social Work Leadership Practice. The program's general focus is on family systems and social change, both domestic and international. Its common goals, to be met through a set of foundation requirements, are: to enable all students to understand the dynamics of human development and change; to learn how to enhance the responsiveness of human services, and, to acquire intervention skills for working with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities in public and private agencies and institutions.

For students without an accredited bachelor's degree in Social Work, the MSW program requires 54 semester hours (completed in 2, 3 or 4 years). For those with a bachelor's degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited social work program, the MSW can be completed in either 36 semester hours (completed in 2 or 3 years) or 41 semester hours (one-year, full-time program; minimum social work GPA of 3.5 and minimum overall GPA of 3.2; BA Social Work earned within last five years). To see curriculum matrices, click here.

The entire MSW curriculum is available to students admitted annually in Iowa City. Students can participate as full-time, or in three-year or four-year part-time programs.

Most required courses are taught by UI faculty who reside in Iowa City or Des Moines. Electives, and a few required courses, are taught by adjunct faculty who are MSWs and are seasoned social work practitioners in the community with reputations for excellence in the content areas in which they teach.

The Iowa City program is located in North Hall on the East side of the main University of Iowa campus and allows students to take full advantage of an enriching and diverse college community.

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