Online MSW Program

Online MSW students new cohort 2018
2018 Online MSW Cohort, taken at Summer Institute, Aug 7, 2018


In May 2018, the University of Iowa began its new 3-year,

part-time, online MSW Program


Next opportunity for admission is May 2020, with applications available in September 2019.

Watch a short video about this program!

To qualify you should: 

  • Live in Iowa or bordering states who because of geography or life circumstances cannot access our Sioux City, Des Moines, Quad Cities or Iowa City learning centers.
  • Have either a BSW or a 4 year degree in another discipline.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. If you do not have this minimum GPA, you can consult with us for information on possible options.
  • Can commit to both evening classes in real time using video conferencing, and asynchronous classes in which course work is done independently, adhering to deadlines.
  • Be willing and able to participate in a mandatory four day Summer Institute in Iowa City each year.
  • Be willing to work with the Online MSW Program Field Administrator to develop and secure practicum (internship) placement(s) in your community.

Be interested in our Integrated Concentration, which is for people who want to do one or more of these macro social work functions/roles:                            

  • Staff Supervision
  • Executive Director of agency
  • Medical social work
  • Hospice/end-of-life social work                                   
  • School social work
  • Case Management
  • Influencing public and organizational policy
  • Grant writing
  • Social Justice and Social Change
  • Community organizing and development
  • Social and economic development
  • Holding elected office
  • Managing non-government organizations(NGOs)
  • Leading public social welfare
  • Organizational and community leadership.

Show potential for being a successful online learner: 

  • Capable time-management skills
  • Effective communication skills in an online environment
  • Regular access to high speed Internet, a computer, a headset/microphone, web camera, and other necessary learning tools
  • Basic technical skills involving computer hardware, software, Internet navigation, downloading and uploading documents
  • Good reading and writing skills, maturity and persistence
  • Motivation and the ability to work independently
  • Willingness to work on group projects using technology
  • A quiet space where you could participate in class online

No GRE required!  Click here to view the sequence of courses for the program.

The online program uses a cohort model in which approximately 25 students will build a learning community, engaging actively with University of Iowa faculty. Twice a year, students in your geographic area will meet as a group with local social work practitioners.

Is this a good fit for you? 

Talk to our advisor and get your questions answered. 

Email now or call 515-235-4662.                                  


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training for online MSW students
New online students gather for Summer Institute training event, Summer 2018.