Sioux City 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.

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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.

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.

Click here for an Iowa Now article on the UI School of Social Work and distance education featuring our Sioux City program.

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.

Julia Kleinschmit, MSW  "Beliefs that keep my motor running are: 1: 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 3: Distance education rocks!"  -- Julia Kleinschmit, Professor and Sioux City MSW Program Coordinator

Contact Julia Kleinschmit at 402-841-4919 or to learn more.