• Part-time or full-time
  • Students admitted annually
  • Classes usually meet once a week in the classroom
  • Day and evening classes

The University of Iowa School of Social Work has offered the MSW program in Des Moines since 1967, and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. It is administered by the School of Social Work in cooperation with the Distance and Online Education Programs.

Housed at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center in downtown Des Moines, students can complete the program on a full-time or part-time schedule. Classes usually meet once a week and include both day and evening times.

Most required courses are taught by University of Iowa faculty who live in Des Moines. Electives and a few required courses are taught by adjunct faculty who hold MSW degrees and are experienced social work practitioners in the community with reputations for excellence in the content areas in which they teach. Some courses are taught via Zoom, a video-conferencing system that allows long-distance learners to participate in classrooms across the state.

The Des Moines program offers students unique opportunities in policy advocacy and access to state government as well as the variety of services available in the state's largest city. Des Moines is a diverse metropolitan environment, providing students a wide range of practice experiences.

For students without an accredited bachelor's degree in Social Work, the MSW program requires 54 semester hours. For those with a bachelor's degree in Social Work, the program can be completed in either 36 semester hours or 41 semester hours (one-year, full-time program; minimum social work GPA of 3.5 and minimum overall GPA of 3.2; BA Social Work earned within last five years).

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Des Moines MSW programs admitting in 2022

  • Accelerated Advanced Standing in Summer 2022 - Applications are no longer accepted.
  • Advanced Standing in Fall 2022
  • Regular Standing in Fall 2022

For more information, please visit the Admissions webpage or contact:

Christy Thies
Des Moines and Online Program Coordinator
Pappajohn Education Center
1200 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 235-4662