Welcome to the Master of Social Work Admissions Website!
The mission of the MSW program is to provide students with a trauma-informed foundation that will prepare them for advanced practice and leadership. The inherent dignity, rights, and strengths of all individuals, families, and communities, no matter their social, historical, economic, and cultural contexts are core values of the program. Critical thinking, a fundamental program component, is supported by the promotion of multicultural sensitivity, human rights, and social and economic justice.
The following information covers the minimum requirements for admission. Please be aware that meeting these minimum requirements does not ensure admission to the program. The Department of Social Work reserves the right to limit admissions.
The Master of Social Work Program at the University of Northern Iowa is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Students who graduate from our program are eligible to sit for the LMSW (Licensed Master of Social Work) exam. In most cases, the LMSW is easily transferable across state lines.
- The Two-year Standard Program is open to individuals whose baccalaureate degree is not in social work. Classes for the two-year program will begin with the start of classes in late August, 2015.
- The Advanced Standing Program is open to those individuals who have completed a baccalaureate in social work degree from a program accredited by CSWE. Classes for the Advanced Standing program will begin in June 2015.
The program offers both full-time and extended-enrollment options. Students who choose the extended-enrollment option must be able to attend classes at the times offered (3 hr. blocks) and must be available for the field practicum. Most practicums take place at agencies that operate during regular business hours (9 am to 5 pm). Extended-enrollment students must complete all requirements within four years. The course plans are accessible on the MSW website.
If you are applying for our full-time, two-year or advanced standing programs and wish to be considered for a tuition scholarship and/or a graduate assistantship, please be sure to complete the Application for Graduate Tuition Scholarship and/or Application for Graduate Assistantship Stipend forms and return with your application materials.
Deadline and Questions
The deadline for return of all materials is January 15, 2015. If you have questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact Debra Laneville, MSW Program Secretary (319-273-5910), or Dr. Cindy Juby, Interim Dept. Head/MSW Program Director (319-273-5845).