Sioux City MSW Program
"Beliefs that keep my motor running are: We should not be able to predict how a child's life turns out based on things like color, sex, or income; 2) Rural communities can do more than survive - they can thrive; and distance education rocks!" -- Julia Kleinschmit
The University of Iowa, School of Social Work implemented a three-year, part-time program in Sioux City, Iowa in the fall of 1999. This part-time program was created to help meet a shortage of professional master level social workers in the western part of the State of Iowa. A new cohort of up to 40 students is admitted every three years. The small size of the class allows students to create a study program tailored to their needs in a relaxed environment.
A new 60 s.h. cohort began in 2017. The next cohort is proposed to begin in Summer 2020.
The Sioux City program is administered by the School of Social Work, in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education, Center for Credit Programs. It is housed at Briar Cliff University, a Catholic liberal arts college, and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
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Courses are taught by tenure track, clinical and adjunct faculty and visiting scholars on site and via Zoom videoconferencing. Instructors are experienced practitioners actively working in social work in the community.
Students register for an average of two courses each semester, including summers, 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.
Students from diverse academic and experiential backgrounds are valued and actively recruited by the program. Previous experiences in human services and cross cultural perspectives are desirable. Those admitted to the MSW program are eligible to apply for diversity scholarships that provide support for four consecutive semesters.
The Sioux City 2017-2020 cohort is currently underway. Contact Julia Kleinschmit at 402-841-4919 or email@example.com if you are interested to learn more about the next cohort proposed to begin in Summer 2020.
Application to the MSW program is made through the Graduate College of The University of Iowa and the School of Social Work. Application materials to apply to the next cohort will be available by September 1, 2019. Any questions about the application process, you are welcome to communicate with the School's Admissions Coordinator, Tomeka Petersen firstname.lastname@example.org; 319 335-1255.
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