The University of Iowa offers the highest-ranked Social Work programs in Iowa. Here are some of the ways we excel compared to our peer institutions, in our state and across the nation.

BA Program

  • Earn a degree (BASW) with a clear path to professional licensure—and employment—in 41 states
  • Affordable tuition at a premier public university
  • Opportunities to specialize with certificates in Critical Cultural Competence, Resilience and Trauma-Informed Perspectives, and Aging and Longevity Studies
  • Preparation for culturally competent professional social work practice
  • Emphasis on Social Justice, preparing students for active engagement with issues of oppression, inequality, and social welfare
  • Embedded in a large Liberal Arts college, drawing on diverse perspectives of:
    • social and behavioral science theory
    • social research
    • social policy development, analysis, and implementation
    • culturally competent intervention and prevention approaches in working, with individuals, families small groups, organizations, and communities
    • social integration
    • multiple systems assessment and evaluation
    • knowledge pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Big Ten University experience on a beautiful campus

MSW Program

  • #1 Master of Social Work (MSW) program in Iowa, according to U.S.News & World Report
  • Affordable tuition at a premier public university – among the most affordable graduate tuition rates in the U.S.
  • Earn a degree with a clear path to professional licensure—and employment—in all 50 states
  • Phenomenally high average pass rate on licensure test (95% compared with national average of 77.2%)
  • New, innovative curriculum focusing on skill development, social justice, ethics, critical thinking, and other Enduring Understandings
  • Reduced hours required in new curriculum—so it saves you time and gets you back in the workforce sooner with deeper skills
  • University of Iowa offers many benefits that other schools can’t offer, like world-class medical facilities, researchers and research infrastructure, libraries, and specialized librarians
  • Full-time and part-time options
  • Combination of in-person and online instruction
  • Four locations in Iowa to learn in person, plus an online program
  • In-state tuition for all students in Sioux City, Quad City, and Online programs—no matter where you’re learning from
  • Choose between Social Work Clinical Practice or Social Work Leadership Practice
  • Online MSW Program is ranked #9 nationally
  • Extensive specialization opportunities
  • Graduate Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies

PhD Program

  • Substantial mentoring by nationally recognized scholars in:
    • Gerontological Social Work
    • Child Welfare
    • Family Violence
    • Diversity & Social Justice
    • Community Development 
  • Individualized and interdisciplinary curriculum (Social Work study is combined with study in sociology, psychology, public health, or education)
  • Competitive financial support
  • Part-time program available
  • Proven track record of placing graduates in academic positions
  • GRE Exam not required