How to Apply?

To apply online, go to the UI Graduate and Professional Admissions website.

After you submit your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password in order to access your Admissions Profile on MyUI, our online portal for students. All supporting materials can and should be uploaded through your Admissions Profile. If your academic program requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide the contact information of your recommenders on your Profile. The recommender will then receive an email from the Office of Admissions instructing them on how to upload a recommendation letter and/or recommendation form.

Applicants for admission to the graduate program must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the General Catalog for departmental requirements). See the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College on the Graduate College website for additional information.

Helpful Guides

Quick Guide to applying to the MSW program
MSW Important Guidelines for Applying for Admission 2022 (All Locations)
MSW Admission Policy Statement 2022 (All Locations)
PhD Important Guidelines for Applying for Admission 2022 (Iowa City)
PhD Admissions Policies and Procedures 2022 (Iowa City)

Important Forms for Admissions

MSW Statement of Purpose (2022)
MSW Essay A (2022)
MSW Essay B (2022)
PhD Goals and Research Question Essays (2022)
PhD Supplemental Department Form (2022)

Application Deadlines

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

December 1st
Iowa City, Des Moines (Accelerated Advanced Standing)
Online (Advanced and Regular Standing)
February 1st
Iowa City, Des Moines (Advanced and Regular Standing)
Quad Cities (Advanced and Regular Standing)
Iowa City (PhD Program)


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
Quad Cities M.S.W. Information Sessions
Sioux City M.S.W. Information Sessions - The Sioux City program is not admitting students in 2022, the next cohort starts in 2023.
Online M.S.W. Information Sessions