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!

95 %

pass the licensure test on first try

On average, 95% of our MSW students who take the Social Work Licensure test pass on their first try! (Compared to a national average of 74%)


Learning Centers across Iowa

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

News and Announcements

Bern-Klug Inducted to AASWSW Fellows

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
University of Iowa School of Social Work Professor and Director Mercedes Bern-Klug, PhD, has been announced as a 2022 Fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW).

What is the biggest mistake that people make when donating to charity?

Monday, November 15, 2021
What is the biggest mistake that people make when donating to charity? Clinical Assistant Professor and Field Education Director Sarah Witry, MSW, LMSW, weighs in as an expert on the topic of values-driven philanthropy.

Self-Care A-Z: Sound Self-Care Advice—Listen

Monday, November 15, 2021
Do you appreciate "boops, pops, and swooshes"? Assoc. Prof. Stephen Cummings talks about the importance of sound and listening in self-care, in the latest issue of The New Social Worker Magazine.

Upcoming Events

Quad Cities MSW Information Session

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Please join us via Zoom for an info session to learn more about earning your MSW degree from the University of Iowa at our learning center in the Quad Cities. Click here to join:https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/94412157777 Contact our Admissions Office directly with any questions or requests:ssw-admissions@uiowa.edu (319) 335-1250
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Innovations in Urgent Mental Health and Substance Use Care

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Join a virtual presentation and discussion with Abbey Ferenzi, executive director of GuideLink Center. The center, located in Iowa City, is a community-initiated collaborative led by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors that provides easier access to immediate, onsite assessment and stabilization—outside of a hospital setting—for those 18+ years of age who are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. Click here to register for the Zoom webinar This event is sponsored by the UI…
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Let's Talk, Hawk! (Open to all UI students)

Friday, December 3, 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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ASC/BUILD: The Culture Behind Sexual Assault, Replacing Rape Culture with Consent Culture

Monday, December 6, 2021 1:00pm to 4:00pm
This workshop is part of the Advocating for Safer Communities (ASC) certification program for people wanting to learn more and/or serve as allies and ambassadors for RVAP. The Culture Behind Sexual Assault interrogates the way that our society is set up to both subtly and overtly support sexual violence and offers participants a framework to challenge rape culture in their own lives. The session discusses the repercussions of not challenging rape culture, gives participants tools for critically…

Iowa City MSW Degree - Info Session

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Please join us via Zoom for an info session to learn more about earning your MSW degree on the main University of Iowa campus in Iowa City Click here to join:https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/109960976 Sessions take place on the following dates, from 4-5 pm (Central). 2021 March 9 April 13 May 4 June 1 June 22 July 13 August 10 September 14 October 5 October 19 November 9 December 7 We encourage advance registration using the form at https://socialwork.uiowa.edu/graduate/msw-social-work…
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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.

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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.