The University of Iowa, School of Social Work has offered the MSW program in Des Moines for more than 40 years, and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. It is administered by the School of Social Work in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education Center for Credit Programs.
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Both full and part-time MSW programs are available at the University of Iowa John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center. Most required courses are taught by University of Iowa faculty who live in Iowa City or Des Moines. Electives and a few required courses are taught by adjunct faculty who are MSW's and are seasoned social work practitioners in the community with reputations for excellence in the content areas in which they teach. Some courses are taught via CONNECT, a web based interactive communication system that allows long distance learners to participate in classrooms across the state.
Students may complete the entire degree program at the Des Moines center, although they may travel to Iowa City for selected elective courses offered during the summer semester.
The Des Moines program offers students unique opportunities in policy advocacy and access to state government as well as the variety of services available in the state's largest city. The urban environment of Des Moines allows for a wide selection of practicum and field placements for students. For those without an accredited BSW degree, the MSW program requires 60 semester hours. For those with a BSW, the program can be completed with 48 semester hours.
Students from diverse academic and experiential backgrounds are valued and actively recruited by the program. Previous experiences in human services and cross cultural perspectives are desirable. Those admitted to the MSW program are eligible to apply for diversity scholarships that provide support for four consecutive semesters. The Alumni of Diversity group provides support and mentoring to those students who request it.
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The University of Iowa John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center
1200 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Application to the MSW program is made through the Graduate College of the University of Iowa and the School of Social Work. Application materials will be available after Sept. 1st, from the Admissions Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org 319-335-1255
4-5 pm, Room 210 at the Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Ave
Contact Christy Thies with questions or for directions: email@example.com 515-235-4662