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.   We will continue to take applications for Sioux City, 48 s.h. program, until January 1, 2018.  

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.

Application to the MSW program is made through the Graduate College of The University of Iowa and the School of Social Work.  Application materials will be available after September 1, 2017 from the School's Admissions Coordinator contact Tomeka Petersen tomeka-petersen@uiowa.edu; 319 335-1255.  

The Sioux City 2017-2020 cohort is currently underway.  If you have a BA Social Work and want to join the current cohort, contact Julia Kleinschmit at 402-841-4919 or julia-kleinschmit@uiowa.edu.  Classes begin in the summer or fall of 2017.  (Even if you would start classes in 2018, all applicants apply for the fall 2017 session).

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Proposed Structured Sequenced Program for 60 hour Sioux City Part-Time MSW Students

Proposed Structured Sequenced Program for 48 hours Sioux City Part-Time MSW Students