The Master of Social Work program in Iowa City is a full or part-time program that delivers the quality you expect from Iowa’s flagship university at an exceptional value. Based in North Hall on the east side of the main University of Iowa campus along the scenic Iowa River, Iowa City MSW students can take full advantage of a thriving Big Ten campus and college town.

Most required courses are taught by UI faculty; electives, and a few required courses, are taught by adjunct faculty who are MSWs and experienced practitioners in the community with reputations for excellence in the areas they teach.

Program options

Advanced standing program

36 semester hour program
  • For students with a social work degree from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Starts in the summer semester and can be completed in 1 or 2 years.
  • View sample course sequence

Regular standing program

54 semester hour program
  • For students without a social work degree from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Starts in the fall semester and can be completed in 2, 3 or 4 years
  • View sample course sequence

Application deadline

December 1st for advanced standing 

February 1st for regular standing

Information sessions via Zoom

Please join us for an online info session to learn more about earning your MSW degree from the University of Iowa.

Online information sessions take place via Zoom. You can join in from a PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device via:
We welcome everyone to register prior to the session; however, it is not necessary. You are welcome to "drop-in".

Sessions take place on the following Tuesdays from 4–5 p.m. (Central Standard Time) via Zoom.

Upcoming 2024 sessions

  • April 16
  • May 14
  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 13
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 12
  • December 10

If you have any questions or requests, please contact our Admissions Office directly at or 319-335-1250.


For more information, visit our admissions webpage or please contact Admissions Coordinator Tomeka Petersen at or call 319-335-1250.