Prepares you for advanced generalist practice with individuals, families and groups who have experienced a wide array of traumatic experiences.

This track is designed for students with a social work undergraduate degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program.

  • Delivered entirely online
  • Next cohort scheduled to begin Summer 2024
  • Full consideration date: December 1, 2023
  • Application opening September 1, 2023
Master of Social Work: Advanced Standing


Entirely Online | 37 Credits | 2 Years
  • The Trauma Informed Care (TIC) specialization is cutting-edge and this program is the only program in Iowa that offers this specialty
  • Dedicated faculty who have strong relations with human service professionals and agencies
  • Ranked #11 of affordable online Master of Social Work degrees in the U.S. by
  • The MSW programs satisfy the licensure requirements in Iowa; requirements may vary  for other states
  • Department of Social Work has 153 partnerships in 40 Iowa communities that provide quality internships for students

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As an Online & Distance Education student, you’ll have a dedicated Enrollment Contact and Program Coordinator to assist you with registering for classes, navigating the course sequence and billing process, preparing for graduation and much more.

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Rebecca Dickinson

Program Coordinator

Assistant Professor,

Social Work

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Linda Loy

Enrollment Contact

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Delivered Entirely Online

This program incorporates the same high standards and course workload expectations as the on-campus MSW program, but features the convenience of course delivery without the necessity of commuting to campus. Courses are offered online using the Blackboard. Most courses will also meet Monday and/or Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. (CST) via interactive video conferencing.

Additionally, students will complete a practicum/internship: Our agency partners request that you are available on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You will need to complete approximately 15-16 hours per week over two semesters. If you are already employed in the human service field, it may be possible to complete your internship at your current place of employment if your internship duties and supervisor are different than your employment duties and supervisor.

‌MSW Advanced Standing Spring 2022 Sequence

‌MSW Advanced Standing Summer 2023 Sequence

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Our graduates are prepared to:
  • Excel in positions in substance abuse agencies, mental health facilities, domestic violence shelters, schools, hospitals and prisons
  • Provide cutting-edge trauma-specific therapy to a wide range of client systems.
  • Take on leadership positions in the field
  • Pass the Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) exam at a rate higher than the national average
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Individualized Support Services

Throughout every step of your program, you'll have a dedicated team of support staff ready to assist you. You'll also have access to UNI services such as:

  • Personalized academic advising
  • Support from Financial Aid, Career Services and Rod Library staff
  • Academic support and tutoring opportunities from the Learning Center
  • Access to student accessibility services and staff
  • Technical support assistance
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All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students. Based on the 2022-2023 tuition rates and program sequence, the full cost of the Social Work: Advanced Standing MSW program is estimated as follows:

*** Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 Tuition and Fees per Board of Regents, State of Iowa Approval ***

TermCreditsTuition*Technology Fee*Total*
Spring 20223$1,617$40$1,657
Summer 20226$3,234$80$3,314
Fall 20226


Spring 20236


Summer 20236$3,234$80$3,314
Fall 20235$2,695$80$2,775
Spring 20245$2,695$80$2,775
Records & Documents Fee charged at graduation$100
Total estimated program cost$20,563


Admission Requirements:

To be admitted, students must have:

  • an applicant statement responding to questions within the application for admission
  • three completed recommendation forms

Along with the application, students should have their official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions. 

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The Master of Social Work program at UNI has multiple programs to fit your schedule. Learn more about additional options through the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

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Delivery of this program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program. 

Licensing and Accreditation

The Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Accreditation verifies that the MSW degree meets the high standards considered essential to providing a high quality social work education, and ensures that every student graduating from a social work program in the U.S. possesses the same requisite skills and knowledge.

The MSW programs satisfy the licensure requirements in Iowa. Requirements may vary by state. For licensing requirements specific to your state, visit ASWB.

Licensing exam information can be found at

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