• ALL students pay in-state tuition
  • Students follow a structured, three-year, part-time course plan in a cohort, admitted every three years
  • The next cohort is scheduled to begin in May 2023
  • Classes take place one evening a week (currently Tuesday evenings) at the Briar Cliff University campus in Sioux City
  • During the second year of study, students in the Social Work Leadership Practice concentration may be required to attend classes two nights per week. 

The University of Iowa, School of Social Work implemented a three-year, part-time program in Sioux City, Iowa in the fall of 1999. This part-time program was created to help meet a shortage of professional master level social workers in the western part of the State of Iowa. A new cohort of up to 40 students is admitted every three years. The small size of the class allows students to create a study program tailored to their needs in a relaxed environment. 

The Sioux City program is administered by the School of Social Work, in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education, Center for Credit Programs. It is housed at Briar Cliff University, a Catholic liberal arts college, and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Courses are taught by tenure track, clinical and adjunct faculty and visiting scholars on site and via Zoom videoconferencing. Instructors are experienced practitioners actively working in social work in the community.

Students register for an average of two courses each semester, including summers, and complete the degree in three years. Scheduling is structured to assist working students with most courses offered after 5:00 pm or through intensive formats. Students may take up to 12 hours of electives prior to admission.

Students from diverse academic and experiential backgrounds are valued and actively recruited by the program. Previous experiences in human services and cross cultural perspectives are desirable.

View Sample Course Sequence 2020-2023

View Sample Course Sequence 2023-2026

Sioux City MSW programs admitting in 2023

  • Advanced Standing in Summer 2023
  • Regular Standing in Summer 2023

For more information, please contact:

Julia Kleinschmit
Clinical Professor; Sioux City Practicum and Program Administrator
Briar Cliff University
153 Heelan Hall
Sioux City, IA 51104
(402) 841-4919