Apply Now  The applications for the 2023 MSW and the PhD programs are now accessible.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the graduate program must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the criteria outlined in the respective social work program's Admission Policy Statement document:

  • MSW  Admission Policy Statement   (all locations)
  • PhD  Admissions and Policies Procedures

See the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College on the Graduate College website for additional information.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines depend on the learning center location and the degree path you are interested in.

December 1st
Iowa City, Des Moines (Advanced Standing) - Studies begin Summer 2023

February 1st

Iowa City, Des Moines (Regular Standing) - Studies begin Fall 2023

Iowa City (PhD Program) - Studies begin Fall 2023

February 15th

Sioux City (Advanced and Regular Standing) - Studies begin Summer 2023

Helpful Guides

Quick Guide to applying to the MSW program
MSW Important Guidelines for Applying for Admissions 2023 (All Locations)
PhD Important Guidelines for Applying for Admission 2023 (Iowa City)

Important Forms for Admissions

MSW Statement of Purpose (2023)
MSW Essay A (2023)
MSW Essay B (2023)
PhD Goals and Research Question Essays (2023)
PhD Supplemental Department Form (2023)


If you have any questions about the program, the application process, or need assistance with a requirement listed above, please contact us at or call 319-335-1250

Information Sessions

We encourage prospective applicants to attend a Master of Social Work Information Session to learn more about the admission process and our programs. To view upcoming information session dates, click on the learning center location where you would like to enroll:

Iowa City M.S.W. Information Sessions
Des Moines M.S.W. Information Sessions
Sioux City M.S.W. Information Sessions 
Online M.S.W. Information Sessions - The next cohort to start in summer 2024.