MSW Programs

Two-Year Foundation and Advanced Standing Programs:


The University of Northern Iowa M.S.W. Program offers a two-year (five-term) degree for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in social work and a one-year (three-term) advanced standing program for those with a bachelor’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program*.  Full-time students have the option to take their advanced field practicum as a summer block, which will extend their program by one-term.

We also offer extended-enrollment options.  Extended-enrollment students must be able to attend classes at the times offered (3 hr. blocks) and 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.


 Enrollment and Concentration Options


        Advanced Standing

      Two-Year Foundation

- Full Time
- Full Time
 - Extended Enrollment
- Extended Enrollment



What does it mean to be trauma informed?


     The provision of trauma informed services is much broader than offering specific interventions to individuals who present with trauma symptoms. To be trauma informed requires the adoption of a systemic approach which ensures that all people who come into contact with the social services system will receive services that are sensitive to the impact of trauma (e.g., childhood abuse, domestic violence, war-related trauma). Clients must be able to receive such services regardless of the agency they enter or whether they ever receive trauma-specific treatment.

     Being trauma informed means realizing that the vast majority of people social service agencies come in contact with have trauma histories. Trauma must be seen as the expectation, not the exception. Regardless of the reasons an individual comes to an agency, clinical staff should assume the probability of past trauma. All interactions, including those with support staff, must be respectful. Also, it is part of social workers' jobs to educate staff on issues of racism, heterosexism, etc., to promote trauma-informed services.

    In a trauma-informed system, services are designed to accommodate the needs of trauma survivors. Agencies incorporate knowledge about trauma in all aspects of service delivery to minimize revictimization and to facilitate recovery. A trauma informed system is also cognizant of the impact of secondary trauma and offers support to staff to help reduce the potential for trauma that may result from working with survivors.