University of Iowa Online MSW Program

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

Program Structure: Online with field work (no campus visits required)

Program Information

Program Overview

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: Minimum of 10 hours in Advanced Practicum
  • Number of Credits Required: 48 credits needed to graduate; 60 hours needed for those without a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Program Length

  • Program Length: 3 years
  • Program Start Dates: Next opportunity for admission is May 2020, with applications available in September 2019.

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: A BSW or a 4-year degree in another discipline and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. If you do not have this minimum GPA, you can consult with us for information on possible options.
  • GRE Information: Not required