Why Iowa?

With mental health services in greater demand than ever, social work training has never been more valuable. As the home of the highest-ranked social work programs in the state, the University of Iowa has resources and expertise to prepare you for vital and rewarding careers helping people and communities.

Make an impact

Transform lives

Collaborative and committed

The research university difference

Benefit from the expertise, learning, and training opportunities you can only find at a major research university and health sciences campus like the University of Iowa

# 1

Highest-ranked MSW program in Iowa

US News and World Report

Social work: a career and a calling

Social workers are the nation’s largest group of mental health services providers. There are more clinically trained social workers—over 250,000—than psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychiatric nurses combined. And with an expected growth in jobs of 12 percent by 2030, social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States.

“The experiences and opportunities opened by an MSW are endless. I know so many classmates and friends with MSWs who have gone on to do some incredible work, in a variety of fields. Policy builders, politicians, community collaborators, therapists, directors of programs, and business owners.”

- Ondrea Patzlaff, MSW ‘11

Portrait of Ondrea Patzlaff

A format that fits your life

You have a lot going on–Iowa’s online MSW makes it possible to advance professionally without putting the rest of your life on pause.

# 19

Online MSW program in the nation

Source: College Consensus

News and Announcements

Connect to End COVID-19 | Long COVID and Educational Accommodations: Solutions Require Social Workers

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Long COVID (also known as Post-COVID) was added as a disability under the American Disabilities Act (ADA) in July, 2021. A student who is experiencing difficulties in school related to COVID-19 may need to receive accommodations and/or special education and supplementary aids and services to boost academic...

Connect to End COVID-19 | Long COVID in Children and Adolescents: Solutions Require Social Workers

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Long COVID conditions do occur in children and adolescents although less frequently than in adults. Young children may struggle to describe the difficulties they are experiencing. For children and adolescents with Long COVID who have conditions affecting physical performance...

Connect to End COVID-19 | Long COVID Prevention: Solutions Require Social Workers

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following for preventing Long COVID...

Upcoming Events

Iowa City BA in Social Work Information Session

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Virtual
Please join us via Zoom for an info session to learn more about earning your BA in Social Work degree on our main University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Click here to join: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/98795182033 Contact our Admissions Office directly with any questions or requests: ssw-admissions@uiowa.edu 319-335-1250

Des Moines MSW Information Session

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 4:00pm to 5:00pm
John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center
Please join us for an in-person info session to learn more about earning your MSW degree from the University of Iowa. Sessions take place from 4–5 p.m. (Central Time) at the: John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center 1200 Grand Ave. Des Moines, Iowa 50309 If you have questions or requests, please contact our coordinator: Christy Thies, Des Moines Program Coordinator christy-thies@uiowa.edu 515-235-4662

Iowa City MSW Information Session

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 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
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Iowa Disability Film Festival Presents: A Friend Indeed - The Bill Sackter Story

Friday, March 22, 2024 6:30pm to 8:30pm
FilmScene (Chauncey)
Abandoned in an institution for 44 years, Bill Sackter would never see his family again. Forgotten and alone, Bill's life changed through the help and friendship of a young college student, Barry Morrow, and a caring community. With a harmonica, a warm cup of coffee, and an incredible embrace of life, witness the transformation of the real Bill Sackter from a neglected individual to a national hero for people with disabilities. This documentary will be presented with open captions and ASL...

Online MSW Information Session

Thursday, March 28, 2024 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Virtual
Please join us for an info session to learn more about earning your MSW degree from the University of Iowa. Sessions take place from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Central Time) via Zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/929909564 If you have questions or requests, please contact our coordinator: Christy Thies, Online Program Coordinator christy-thies@uiowa.edu 515-235-4662
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