Iowa City BA Program


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The University of Iowa's BA in Social Work program was first accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in 1974.

The program is designed for students who have either earned their associate degree or have completed at least two years of undergraduate coursework.  The program can be completed in two years or one year.  If a student joins the program their senior year, they will take their social work courses during the fall and spring semester and then they complete their 400 hour practicum during the summer.  The program is sequenced and begins each fall.

Social work courses are taught in classrooms at North Hall on the Iowa City campus.  Other requirements are offered online or through a combination of classroom and online methods.

Before applying to the BA Social Work program, you must be admitted to the University of Iowa.  Click here to view university admission requirements for undergraduate students.

Application deadline is February 15.  To be eligible for admission, students must earn a C or better in SSW:1022 Social Justice and Social Welfare in the U.S., or an approved introductory level social work transfer course, and have a minimum GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale).

For more information, see Admissions or contact Tomeka Petersen at or 319 335-1250.

Transfer student resources

UI CLAS Core World Languages Requirement FAQ

UI Transfer Planning Resources

Transfer Equivalency Course tables regarding social work major requirements