Why Social Work?

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

News and Announcements

Yolanda Spears Receives 2021 University of Iowa Diversity Catalyst Award

Social Work Clinical Assistant Professor Yolanda Spears has been named the recipient of a University of Iowa 2021 Diversity Catalyst Award.

University of Iowa announces 2021 winners of Annual National Poetry Contest for Social Workers

The University of Iowa School of Social Work conducts an annual, nationwide poetry contest to affirm and encourage the creative talent of social workers and to draw attention to social work as a profession.

Upcoming Events

Des Moines MSW Information Session

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Please join us via Zoom for an online info session to learn more about earning your MSW degree in Des Moines from the University of Iowa. Click here to join:https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/530772228 We encourage signing up in advance at https://clas.uiowa.edu/socialwork/graduate-program/msw-programs/des-moines-msw-program/information-sessions —but you may also drop in without registering. Please contact our Des Moines program coordinator, Christy Thies, if you have questions: christy-thies@uiowa…

Virtual Graduation Ceremony for Des Moines MSW and BASW Programs

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The virtual ceremony will be streamed on the UI School of Social Work YouTube channel.

Virtual Graduation Ceremony for Online MSW Program

Thursday, May 13, 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The virtual ceremony will be streamed on the UI School of Social Work YouTube channel.
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School of Social Work Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Friday, May 14, 2021 3:00pm
A virtual ceremony has been scheduled to recognize 2021 BASW, MSW, and PhD graduates of the UI School of Social Work, at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14. The online ceremony includes graduating students Iowa City, Des Moines, and the FIRST EVER graduating class of our Online MSW Program. Participating graduates' names will be read, and we will announce the recipients of our annual Directors' Award for outstanding students, selected by faculty vote.  Dr. Sara Sanders, former director of the…
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Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

Thursday, May 20, 2021 (all day)
Thursday, May 20, 2021, help us celebrate the tenth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than one billion people with disabilities/impairments. Learn more about the initiative at https://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/ Save the date, and stay tuned for specific events to be led by University of Iowa Information Technology Services and their Accessibility team.
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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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