The University of Iowa (UI) offers a 3-year, part-time, online MSW program. To complete the online program, students should be able to manage time wisely as well as communicate effectively in an online classroom. Basic technical skills are also necessary for the online setting. Students must exhibit strong reading and writing skills as well as motivation to work in a self-paced environment.
UI used a cohort model of approximately 25 students. The cohort does meet twice a year in the student’s geographic area to work with local social workers.
Students in the program complete coursework in the following areas:
Gaining knowledge and skills for advanced competencies of social work.
Understanding skills and knowledge for the concentration of their specific career path.
Preparing for leadership and social work in a variety of settings.
Focusing of family systems and social change.
Understanding connections between society’s structures and family dynamics.
Gaining the skills needed to work with individuals, families, small groups, and communities.
Understanding ways to improve service organizations and their responsiveness.
Advanced Standing Track
Students need to complete 48 hours of coursework for the Advanced Standing track. This track is designed for those who have a BSW from a CSWE-accredited social work degree program.
For students who cannot attend one of the learning centers, the cohort model (3-year, part-time) may be an option. The next cohort begins in the summer of 2020.
University of Iowa Online MSW Program: Overview
Department: School of Social Work
Degree Types: Full-Program and Advanced Standing
Concentrations: Advanced Generalist Practice
ProgramStructure: Online with field work (no campus visits required)