Quad Cities Masters in Social Work Program

Iowa's best MSW Program

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.

If you are a prospective student with questions, please contact ssw-admissions@uiowa.edu. If you are a current student with questions, please reach out to your advisor. Thank you for your patience!

The next Quad Cities cohort is proposed to begin in Summer 2022.

Since 1968, The University of Iowa School of Social Work has offered a part-time program in the Quad Cities. It is administered by the School of Social Work in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is structured so that a cohort of about 30 students is admitted once every three years.  The current cohort began in May 2019.

Students register for an average of two courses each semester, and complete the degree in three years. Scheduling is structured to assist working students with most courses offered after 5:00 pm or through intensive formats. Students may take up to 12 hours of electives prior to admission with permission. 

The Quad Cities has an extensive network of social workers who can serve as practicum and course instructors. Students from diverse academic and experiential backgrounds are valued and actively recruited by the program. A history of engagement in human services and cross cultural perspectives is desirable.


* When could I join the program?

The 2019-2022 cohort began in May 2019. The next cohort is proposed to start in Summer 2022, we will begin recruiting for it in Spring 2021. For more information on applying, or the kinds of preparations you might want to do, visit our Admission page.

Contact Prof. Steve Cummings for more information about the Quad Cities MSW program: stephen-cummings@uiowa.edu. You may also contact the school's Admissions Coordinator at ssw-admissions@uiowa.edu for information about the online application process.

* Are there any classes I can take now?

Yes. You can take courses for graduate credit that can be applied to the elective requirements in our program. Up to 12 credits can be taken with us before you are admitted to the program as long as you are being advised by School of Social Work faculty or staff. 

* If I take electives, will that shorten the program when I join?

No. Required courses are sequenced such that you cannot accelerate when you receive your MSW. 

* Where are your classes held?

Classes utilizing on-site instructors are taught at Scott Community College, 500 Belmont Rd. in Bettendorf, IA. More courses are “blended,” involving a mix of in-person and online sessions (in real-time or asynchronously). Some courses, particularly electives, are available completely online. MSW students experience a blend of in-person and online approaches, allowing for both one-on-one contact with instructors and linkage to other University of Iowa School of Social Work program sites and professors, including those in Des Moines, Iowa City, and Sioux City.

* When are your classes held?

Face-to-face and real-time online classes are usually held at night or on weekends. The schedule is created to be as accommodating as possible to students with work and/or family obligations.

* I don’t have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Can I get a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW)?                        

Yes. Many people enter the MSW program without a BA in Social Work. With the 2022 cohort, students with a BA in Social Work complete 36 semester hours to earn their MSW; students with a BA in another major complete a 54 semester hour program.

Questions about the application process?  Contact:  ssw-admissions@uiowa.edu


group photo of Quad Cities students in the MSW cohort 2019
Quad Cities MSW Cohort 2019 - 2022