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 Graduate College

Social Work (MSW)

Department of Social Work

www.uni.edu/csbs/socialwork/msw-graduate-degree
235 Sabin Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0405

Head: Dr. Cindy Juby, Head
Phone: (319) 273-6249
E-mail: cynthina.juby@uni.edu

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Steven Onken
Phone: (319) 273-6585
E-mail: steven.onken@uni.edu


Read the UNI Catalog description:

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-thesisoption. 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. 

All M.S.W. students complete a concentration in either Trauma Informed Practiceor Social Administration Practice. The Trauma Informed Practice concentration is designed to prepare students for advanced social work practice with individuals, families, and groups using a trauma informed approach. 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 for programs. The social administration concentration also incorporates a trauma informed approach.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

A minimum of 20 hours of 6000-level course work is required for the two-year and the advanced standing programs.

Any 5000 level social work course or any 6000 level MSW concentration course not required on the degree will apply as an elective to the student's Plan of Study.

The Two Year program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours, which consists of a generalist Foundation Core of 26 semester hours, an Advanced Core of 6 hours, followed by the completion of one of the two concentrations (28 semester hours) and field practicum/seminar. The program is offered in cohort groups and consists of five consecutive terms of course work and field practicum/seminar An Extended-Enrollment option is available to students in the Two Year program who can attend classes at times offered (three-hour blocks) and participate in the field practicum at agencies that generally operate during regular business hours.

The Advanced Standing program requires a minimum of 37 semester hours. The program consists of a summer Advanced Core of 9 hours, preceding two academic terms of concentration courses and field practicum/seminar. An Extended Enrollment option is available to Advanced Standing students who can attend classes at times offered (three-hour blocks) and participate in the field practicum at agencies that generally operate during regular business hours.

Students interested in the two-year or advanced standing program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Social Work for any other application requirements. 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 this University Catalog. 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. An experience narrative.
  4. A personal statement.
  5. A resume'.
  6. As part of normal admission to graduate study at UNI, official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (with the exception of the University of Northern Iowa), must be 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, 235 Sabin, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0405, or phone 319-273-5910, or visit www.uni.edu/csbs/socialwork/msw-graduate-degree.

Required for Two Year Program:

Social Work foundation core: (for all two year students)
SW 6212 (450:212)Human Behavior and the Social Environment Micro3
SW 6214 (450:214)Social Work Practice I3
SW 6215 (450:215)Social Work Practice II3
SW 6216 (450:216)Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities3
SW 6218 (450:218)Introduction to Social Work Research3
SW 6230 (450:230)Injustice and Oppression3
Social Work Advanced Core: (for all two-year students)
SW 6234Primary and Secondary Trauma3
SW 6235Systems Redesign and Community Collaboration3
Social Work practicum and seminar:8
SW 6220
Foundation Practicum
SW 6221
Foundation Practicum Seminar
Or students may substitute the following for SW 6220 and SW 6221:
SW 6222
Foundation Practicum I
SW 6223
Foundation Practicum Seminar I
SW 6224
Foundation Practicum II
SW 6225
Foundation Practicum Seminar II
Concentration: (select Trauma Informed Practice or Social Administration)28
Total Hours60

Required for Advanced Standing Program:

Social Work advanced core: (for all advanced standing students)
SW 6234Primary and Secondary Trauma3
SW 6235Systems Redesign and Community Collaboration3
SW 6245Advanced Standing Research3
Concentration: (select Trauma Informed Practice or Social Administration)28
Total Hours37

Trauma Informed Practice Concentration:

Social Work:
SW 6242 (450:242)Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals3
SW 6243 (450:243)Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups3
SW 6244 (450:244)Advanced Social Work Practice with Families3
SW 6263 (450:263)Grant Writing, Fund Raising, Contracting, and Marketing3
SW 6266Trauma Informed Practice Practicum8
SW 6267Trauma Informed Practice Practicum Seminar2
Or students may substitute the following for SW 6266 and SW 6267:
SW 6268
Trauma Informed Practice Practicum I
SW 6269
Trauma Informed Practice Practicum I Seminar
SW 6270
Trauma Informed Practice Practicum II
SW 6271
Trauma Informed Practice Practicum II Seminar
*Electives to be selected in consultation with program advisor6
Total Hours28

Social Administration Concentration:

SW 6213 (450:213)Human Behavior and the Social Environment Macro3
SW 6262 (450:262)Administrative Social Work Practice3
SW 6263 (450:263)Grant Writing, Fund Raising, Contracting, and Marketing3
SW 6264 (450:264)Organizational Development and Networking3
SW 6272Advanced Social Administration Practicum8
SW 6273Advanced Social Administration Practicum Seminar2
Or students may substitute the following for SW 6272 and SW 6273:
SW 6274
Advanced Social Administration Practicum I
SW 6275
Advanced Social Administration Practicum I Seminar
SW 6276
Advanced Social Administration Practicum II
SW 6277
Advanced Social Administration Practicum II Seminar
*Electives to be selected in consultation with program advisor6
Total Hours28

* Any 5000-level social work course or any 6000-level MSW concentration course not required on the degree will apply as an elective to the student's Plan of Study.