Catalog 2010-2012

Social Work

The Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The Master's Degree in Social Work (M.S.W.) is available only on the non-thesis option. The M.S.W. program is designed to prepare students for the advanced practice of social work in a variety of public and nonprofit settings. There are two avenues to the M.S.W. degree: the Two Year program, open to persons with baccalaureate degrees in other fields from an accredited college or university, and the Advanced Standing program, which is available only for qualified students who have graduated from a Council on Social Work Education (C.S.W.E.) accredited baccalaureate social work program.  The Advanced Standing Program has a very limited Extended Enrollment Option.

All M.S.W. students will complete a concentration in either Advanced Micro Practice or Social Administration Practice. The Micro Practice concentration is designed to prepare students for advanced social work practice with individuals, families, and groups. The Social Administration concentration is designed to prepare students for advanced administrative practice including: leadership, program planning and development; organizational development and change; and how to seek effective funding of programs. The concentration course credit can only be completed at the University of Northern Iowa.

The Two Year program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours, which consists of a generalist foundation core of 29 semester hours and completion of one of the two concentrations. The program is offered in cohort groups and consists of two full consecutive academic years with field practicum concurrent with fall and spring academic course work or with second year field practicum during the summer following completion of all other course work. Students are strongly encouraged to finish within this time frame. A minimum of 39 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for this program.

The Advanced Standing program requires a minimum of 38 semester hours. The program consists of a summer core of 7 hours, preceding one full academic year of concentration courses with field practicum concurrent with fall and spring academic course work or with field practicum during the summer following completion of all other course work. Students are strongly encouraged to finish within this time frame. A minimum of 32 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for this program.  The Extended Enrollment Option is available on a competitive, limited basis for applicants meeting the following:

1. Qualify for advanced standing;

2. Work or have worked in social services;

3. Can attend classes at times offered (three-hour blocks) and field practicum over two semesters (16-20 clock hours per week);

4. Can complete all requirements within a preferred three years but no more than four years.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study.  General graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program; however, applicants may wish to submit GRE scores in support of their application. 

Admission to the M.S.W. is competitive. Applicants must comply with all of the policies and procedures pertaining to admission to graduate study as set forth in the catalog (pages xxx-xxx). In addition, applicants are required to submit the following in order to be considered for admission.

1.          The Department of Social Work M.S.W. application.

2.          Three letters of reference, using the official M.S.W. departmental reference forms.

3.          A personal autobiographical statement.

4.          Official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (with the exception of the University of Northern Iowa), sent directly from the college or university
            attended to the Office of Admissions at the University of Northern Iowa.

For information concerning admission or required courses for the M.S.W., contact the Department of Social Work, M.S.W. Program, 214 East Bartlett, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0405, or phone 319-273-5910, or visit www.uni.edu/socialwork/msw.

Required for Two Year Program:

  Social Work foundation core: (for all two year students) 450:210; 450:211; 450:212; 450:213; 450:214; 450:215; 450:216; 450:218; 450:219.....29 hours

  Concentration: (select one of the following).....31 hours

60 hours

 

Required for Advanced Standing Program and Extended Enrollment Option:

  Social Work: (summer courses) 450:230; 450:239.....7 hours

  Concentration: (select one of the following).....31 hours

38 hours

 

Micro Practice Concentration:

  Social Work: 450:240; 450:241; 450:242; 450:243; 450:244; 450:250; 450:255.....25 hours

  Electives to be selected in consultation with program advisor.....6 hours

31 hours

 

Social Administration Concentration:

  Social Work: 450:250; 450:255; 450:260; 450:261; 450:262; 450:263; 450:264.....25 hours

  Electives to be selected in consultation with program advisor.....6 hours

31 hours