Social Work: Foundation (MSW)

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 who do not have a social work undergraduate degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program.

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Features

Entirely Online | 60 Credits | 3.5 Years
  • Learn an integrated approach to treating acute and complex forms of psychological trauma, including various cognitive and body-centered psychotherapies and approaches
  • Extensive opportunities to practice and refine techniques while under supervision
  • The only program in Iowa that has the cutting-edge TIC Concentration speciality
  • Dedicated faculty who have strong relations within the human services field
  • More than 150 professional partnerships in 40 Iowa communities that provide quality internships

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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
rebecca.dickinson@uni.edu
319-273-7859

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Lisa Jaeger

Enrollment Contact

lisa.jaeger@uni.edu

319-273-2504

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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 Blackboard, an online learning management system and Zoom. Most courses will also meet Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. (CST) via interactive video conferencing.

‌Spring 2023 Course 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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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 Blackboard, an online learning management system and Zoom. Most courses will also meet Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. (CST) via interactive video conferencing.

‌Spring 2023 Course Sequence

Smiling student with laptop looking at camera
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
Smiling graduate hugging someone at graduation ceremony
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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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. View additional admissions requirements.  After applying, interviews will be held in October 2024.

 

Program Details

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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. View additional admissions requirements.  

After applying, interviews will be held in October 2024.
 


Contact us

Our team of support staff is available to help you throughout your UNI journey.

If you have any questions, contact us at 319-273-7206 or online@uni.edu for assistance!

 

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

This program allowed me to grow professionally while working full-time. The instructors share their clinical experiences and provide input to supplement the curriculum.

Milena Williams
Class of 2016