Why Social Work?

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

Why Iowa?

The University of Iowa offers the highest-ranked Social Work programs in Iowa.

# 1

The highest-ranked MSW program in Iowa

according to U.S.News & World Report

# 9

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!

94 %

pass the licensure test on first try

On average, 94% of our MSW students who take the Social Work Licensure test pass on their first try! (Compared to a North American pass rate of 74% in 2020)

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Learning Centers across Iowa

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

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News and Announcements

University of Iowa announces 2022 winners of Annual National Poetry Contest for Social Workers

Monday, March 7, 2022
The 2022 winning entries will be published in the April 2022 issue of The New Social Worker Magazine.

Support students of color during National Social Work Month

Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 to support 5 deserving students in the next school year—not only by making a donation but also inspiring others to give through your generous example.

CEU Opportunities announced for Spring / Summer 2022

Monday, February 7, 2022
The University of Iowa School of Social Work offers continuing education opportunities throughout the year for social workers around the state of Iowa. We have scheduled the following CEU courses for Spring / Summer of 2022. All workshops will take place online via Zoom. Registration is required; please sign up using the links that follow.

Upcoming Events

Iowa City MSW Information Session

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Virtual
Please join us via Zoom for an info session to learn more about earning your MSW degree on our main University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Click here to join: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/109960976 Contact our Admissions Office directly with any questions or requests:ssw-admissions@uiowa.edu 319-335-1250

CEU: Medications for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD)

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 9:00am to 4:00pm
Virtual
Medications for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD)Considerations for Effective Interdisciplinary Care June 29, 2022 / 9am - 4pm CT / via Zoom Register: https://uisharedservices.wufoo.com/forms/medications-for-opioid-use-diso... Registration is required. Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email in advance of the course. Training Summary Participants will be able to name medications used in treatment of Opioid Use Disorders, be able describe how to create a supportive environment for clients...
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31st Annual Creative Writing Workshop for Social Workers

Friday, July 15, 2022 9:00am to 4:30pm
North Hall
Register: https://uisharedservices.wufoo.com/forms/m1uzfsdw1d3bqux/ Annual opportunity for social workers and other helping professionals to gather in a workshop space for an intensive experience to work on their writing craft and learn how it can be leveraged, both in practice and in reflective self-care. At this time, we are planning to hold this class in person, in Iowa City. Registrants will be notified if we must move back to a virtual, online format, and will be given an opportunity to...
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31st Annual Creative Writing Workshop for Social Workers

Saturday, July 16, 2022 9:00am to 4:30pm
North Hall
Register: https://uisharedservices.wufoo.com/forms/m1uzfsdw1d3bqux/ Annual opportunity for social workers and other helping professionals to gather in a workshop space for an intensive experience to work on their writing craft and learn how it can be leveraged, both in practice and in reflective self-care. At this time, we are planning to hold this class in person, in Iowa City. Registrants will be notified if we must move back to a virtual, online format, and will be given an opportunity to...
31st Annual Creative Writing Workshop for Social Workers promotional image

31st Annual Creative Writing Workshop for Social Workers

Sunday, July 17, 2022 9:00am to 4:30pm
North Hall
Register: https://uisharedservices.wufoo.com/forms/m1uzfsdw1d3bqux/ Annual opportunity for social workers and other helping professionals to gather in a workshop space for an intensive experience to work on their writing craft and learn how it can be leveraged, both in practice and in reflective self-care. At this time, we are planning to hold this class in person, in Iowa City. Registrants will be notified if we must move back to a virtual, online format, and will be given an opportunity to...
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Our 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.

Quad Cities, Iowa skyline

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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Online

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.