The University of Iowa's MSW program prepares social workers for leadership in the profession and for advanced social work practice in one of two concentrations: Social Work Clinical Practice or Social Work Leadership Practice. The program's general focus is on family systems and social change, both domestic and international. Its common goals, to be met through a set of foundation requirements, are: to enable all students to understand the dynamics of human development and change; to learn how to enhance the responsiveness of human services, and, to acquire intervention skills for working with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities in public and private agencies and institutions.
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).
The entire MSW curriculum is available to students admitted annually in Iowa City. Students can participate as full-time, or in three-year or four-year part-time programs.
Most required courses are taught by UI faculty who reside in Iowa City or Des Moines. Electives, and a few required courses, are taught by adjunct faculty who are MSWs and are seasoned social work practitioners in the community with reputations for excellence in the content areas in which they teach.
The Iowa City program is located in North Hall on the East side of the main University of Iowa campus and allows students to take full advantage of an enriching and diverse college community.
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