Des Moines BA Program


SAVE THE DATE: Class of 2019 graduation ceremony will be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Check back for more details.

10/25/2018 Dr. Sandra McGee, 1954-2018

9/11/2018 Dr. Sandra McGee inducted into Iowa African American Hall of Fame

8/31/2018 Latino community holds vigil in honor of Mollie Tibbetts at State Capitol Building: DM BA grad and current DM MSW student Hannah Klausner was quoted in this The Des Moines Register article about a vigil and unity rally that she attended, organized by Latino religious leaders in honor of Mollie Tibbetts.

7/11/2018 BREAKING NEWS: School of Social Work's Des Moines Programs Moving to Pappajohn Center in Spring 2019


Social Work Ambassadors December 2018
December 2018 gathering of our Des Moines Social Work Ambassadors--Leading School of Social Work juniors and seniors who support prospective, incoming, and current students and engage with the community on behalf of the School and profession.

New BA students with Herky
New and current students at our Des Moines BA program orientation,
August 2018

The University of Iowa, School of Social Work launched the BA in Social Work program in Des Moines Fall 2010. Fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the program is administered by the School of Social Work in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education.

The program is designed for students who have earned their associate degree, or are transferring with two years of completed undergraduate coursework. The program is sequenced and begins each fall. Full-time, two-year students take an average of two courses in social work each semester and enroll in at least six semester hours of additional upper-division courses offered by the UI each semester, including summer, to complete the degree in two years. Part-time, three-year students take an average of one social work course each semester and up to six semester hours of additional upper-division courses each semester, including summer.

All social work courses are currently taught in the classrooms at the Iowa Center for Higher Education in Des Moines--though due to recent budgetary decisions made by University of Iowa, that facility will be closing and we will move our classes to the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center in Spring 2019. Other requirements are offered online or through a combination of classroom and online methods. Students do not need to travel to the main UI campus in Iowa City for any courses, though it is an option for those interested.

Applications accepted anytime. To be eligible for admission, students must earn a C or better in SSW:2222 Introduction to Social Work, or a transfer equivalent course, and have a minimum GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale). For more information, see Admission or contact Christy Thies: or 515-235-4662.

Resources for prospective transfer students:

Des Moines Students in the News

Des Moines BA students Kat Goodrich, Alex Bomhoff and Sharrell Soliveras make news in local paper. Read the article here.

Danielle Harrison, Des Moines BA student is profiled:

Bonnie Brown, 2017 BA graduate is profiled in the Des Moines Register for her activism in Charlottesville

Johanna Grenko and Grant Boesen BA in Social Work students, created the public service announcement about food deserts for their Social Welfare and Practice course.

Tina Epp and Heather VanderLeest share their PSA about honey bees /socialwork/sites/