Why Social Work?

There has never been a better time, or a greater need, for professionals educated in Social Work.


Years we've been educating social workers


Learning Centers across Iowa

Scroll down to learn more about our programs in Iowa City, Des Moines, Sioux City, the Quad Cities, and Online

# 9

Our National ranking among online MSW programs

College Consensus ranked us #9 on their list of the 25 Best Online Master's In Social Work (MSW) Programs in 2021!

92 %

passed the test

92% of our MSW students who took the Social Work Licensure test passed on their first try! (Compared to a national average of 74%)

News and Announcements

News and Announcements

Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop in Iowa City drops coffee, keeps mission

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
After 46 years of coffee service from men and women with disabilities — starting with Bill Sackter in 1975 — the University of Iowa’s “Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop” has brewed its final cup.

Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop in Iowa City making way for workshop

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
A coffee shop created nearly five decades ago to provide work for an Iowa City man with disabilities is changing with the times.

Wild Bill's Coffee Shop is now just Wild Bill's

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
For 46 years, Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop provided employment for persons with disabilities, while also offering the opportunity for UI students to gain experience and understanding working with persons with disabilities. “More than just coffee,” Wild Bill’s has always functioned as a learning lab for the University of Iowa School of Social Work.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Webinar 1: Emotions Matter: Social and Emotional Learning can Support You and Your School to Thrive this School Year (and Beyond!)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Please register online. TLC Credit: Traditional, SEL Click to access the BTLC Zoom Meeting Room to attend this workshop.  Presenter: Dr. Christina Cipriano, Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center and Director of Research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Emotions matter for all learners and all the adults who educate them. Social and emotional learning, or SEL, can benefit all members of a school community, supporting greater student engagement, social-emotional and…
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Crip Camp Movie Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:00pm to 7:00pm
In observance of National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month, the UI Council on Disability Awareness, UI School of Social Work, and Wild Bill's are hosting a FREE, online screening and discussion of the documentary film Crip Camp. Participants may watch our livestream of the film from 4-6 via Zoom, or they are encouraged to watch independently if they wish, using Netflix. If you do not already have an account, you can sign up for a free, 30-day trial on the Netflix website or watch for…
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History of Queer Witches

Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Join us for an evening with Krysta Venora (they/them), an Afro-Indigenous, trans, Non-Binary Queer, psychic witch, and medicine person to discuss both the history of queer witches and their own experiences. They will touch on the purpose and value of queer witches today as well as what it means to be a queer witch. They will touch on indigenous perspectives, historical mistreatment and erasure, as well as the inherent magic of queer people at large. Their presentation will end with speaking on…
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Let's Talk, Hawk! (Open to all UI students)

Friday, October 29, 2021 11:30am to 12:30pm
Let's Talk, Hawks! is a drop-in consultation service offered by the University Counseling Service (UCS) typically at various campus locations, but is now virtually during the Fall 2021 semester.  It provides you with an opportunity to have an informal, confidential, anonymous conversation with a UCS therapist.  You can share your mental health concerns, work on problem solving together, learn about useful campus and community resources, or ask questions about counseling and UCS. Let’s Talk,…
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SWSA Disability Awareness Lunch + Learn with Sujit Singh

Friday, October 29, 2021 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Zoom meeting ID: 919 0367 2786 Pass Code: 858898 The UI Social Work Student Association (SWSA) is holding a lunch and learn event to highlight National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Join us to hear a presentation from Sujit Singh, a local filmmaker and disabilities advocate who will talk about living with disability, disability advocacy, and how social workers and other allies can positively impact the lives of people with disabilities. This event is FREE and all are welcome! Made…
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Multiple Learning Centers

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Iowa City

Iowa's Center for Intellectuals, Artists, Scientists Philosophers and Activists is the the central campus for The University of Iowa, in Iowa City, It has made many top ten lists of great places to, live, work, do business and retire.

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Des Moines

Des Moines is geographically the heart of Iowa and of our nation--the state capital, offering an urban environment focused on the well being of the entire state in a culture that exemplifies typical Midwest friendliness.

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Quad Cities

The Quad Cities is actually a group of five cities bridging the Mississippi River on the Iowa-Illinois boundary. The largest of these cities, Davenport and Bettendorf (in Iowa) and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline (in Illinois), are the center of the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area, which has a population of almost 400,000.

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Sioux City

Sioux City and the surrounding areas of northwestern Iowa, northeastern Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota are sometimes referred to as Siouxland. Our part time, 3 year MSW program, based at Briar Cliff University is preparing for its fifth cohort of graduate students.

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This cohort-model program strives to build strong connection and engagement by keeping class sizes small, creating learning communities of students living in similar geographic regions and matching these communities with a local mentor. Students meet with their learning communities twice each year and with all students in the summer at the Summer Institute, held at the University of Iowa main campus in Iowa City, Iowa.

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