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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, Interim Head
Phone: (319) 273-6249
E-mail: cynthia.juby@uni.edu

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Cindy Juby
Phone: (319) 273-5845
E-mail: cynthia.juby@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-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.

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.

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 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. A personal statement.
  4. 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 6210 (450:210)

Foundation Practicum I

3

SW 6211 (450:211)

Foundation Practicum II

5

SW 6212 (450:212)

Human Behavior and the Social Environment Micro

3

SW 6213 (450:213)

Human Behavior and the Social Environment Macro

3

SW 6214 (450:214)

Social Work Practice I

3

SW 6215 (450:215)

Social Work Practice II

3

SW 6216 (450:216)

Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities

3

SW 6218 (450:218)

Introduction to Social Work Research

3

SW 6230 (450:230)

Injustice and Oppression

3

Concentration: (select one of the following)

31

Total Hours

60

Required for Advanced Standing Program:

Social Work: (summer courses)

SW 6218 (450:218)

Introduction to Social Work Research

3

SW 6239 (450:239)

Advanced Standing Graduate Seminar

4

Concentration: (select one of the following) (electives must include 3 hrs. of 6000-level course work)

31

Total Hours

38

Micro Practice Concentration:

Social Work:

SW 6240 (450:240)

Advanced Micro Practice Practicum I

5

SW 6241 (450:241)

Advanced Micro Practice Practicum II

5

SW 6242 (450:242)

Approaches to Advanced Micro Practice

3

SW 6243 (450:243)

Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups

3

SW 6244 (450:244)

Advanced Social Work Practice with Families

3

SW 6255 (450:255)

Social Welfare Policy Analysis

3

Electives to be selected in consultation with program advisor (must include 3 hours of 6000-level course work for students in Advanced Standing Program)

9

Total Hours

31

Social Administration Concentration:

Social Work

SW 6255 (450:255)

Social Welfare Policy Analysis

3

SW 6260 (450:260)

Advanced Social Administration Practicum I

5

SW 6261 (450:261)

Advanced Social Administration Practicum II

5

SW 6262 (450:262)

Administrative Social Work Practice

3

SW 6263 (450:263)

Grant Writing, Fund Raising, and Contracting

3

SW 6264 (450:264)

Organizational Development and Networking

3

Electives to be selected in consultation with program advisor (must include 3 hours of 6000-level course work for students in Advanced Standing Program)

9

Total Hours

31