Des Moines BA Program

herkyThe 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 taught in the classrooms at the Iowa Center for Higher Education in Des Moines. Other requirements are offered online or through a combination of classroom and online methods. Students do not need to travel to 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 students:


Graduation in Des Moines-Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 pm, Activities Center, located at 2500 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50321.

Graduation in Sioux City-Tuesday, May 9 at 6:00 pm in St. Francis Center, Briar Cliff University, 3303 Rebecca Street, Sioux City

Graduation in Iowa City-Friday, May 12 at 9:00 am in Iowa Memorial Union, 2nd floor ballroom, Iowa City

Des Moines Students in the News

"Hawkeye hails academic access close to home" Bonnie Brown, Des Moines BA student is profiled-

Tyler Crawford, a Des Moines BA student, advocates for his independence in this Des Moines Register article. Crawford, who is legally blind, will have to quit his job if a city bus stop is closed.  A follow up story is here

Markie Channon makes her mark in the Iowa Legislature.