The UNI online MSW program focuses on the development of our rural and under-served communities by increasing the number of Masters level social work practitioners within those communities. It is designed for individuals whose circumstances do not provide them with the opportunity to attend on-site, campus MSW programs. A strong rural and remote social work workforce advances social and economic justice and well-being for all Iowans.
The distance education program has two tracks: Foundation and Advanced Standing. The Foundation track is for individuals whose baccalaureate degree is not from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited social work program. The Advanced Standing track is for individuals who have a social work undergraduate degree from a CSWE accredited program.
Courses are offered online using elearning, a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Most courses will also meet Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. via interactive video conferencing. Some courses may also include hands-on experiences on the UNI campus or potential regional face-to-face meetings. Students will also be required to attend a two-day trauma informed conference on the UNI campus during Summer 2017.
This program is 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 ensuring that every student graduating from a social work program has the same requisite skills and knowledge.
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Course details and enrollment information
All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $486 per unit of graduate credit or $302 per unit of undergraduate credit. An additional technology fee per course may apply. Tuition and fees are expected to rise each May, typically announced by the Iowa Board of Regents in March.
Distance education students may qualify for financial aid with the following eligibility requirements:
Specific questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid at 800-772-2736 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education serves as your primary point of contact in accessing distance education support services, including enrollment services, technical support for online course tools and more. You are also given access to the UNI Rod Library’s print and electronic collections for your convenience. View a complete list of services and support resources.
Please contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-5970, 800-648-3864 or email@example.com with any questions. If we don’t have the answer, we will do our best to find it.
You will work with the program coordinator when communicating about the program of study. Once participating in the program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you one-on-one regarding your progress in the program.
See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact below or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at ContinuingEd@uni.edu.
While it is often possible to make up courses that are missed, our commitment is to deliver the courses as outlined in the cohort schedule. This is not designed as a program in which students come and go. Rather, the cohort model requires that students take the prescribed sequence in unison. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.
When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester.
The program is planned so that students move through the sequence of courses as a cohort group. The first course forms a foundation for the program and includes an introduction unit describing the program goals, sequence of courses, standards, rubrics and academic expectations. For that reason, it is important that you enroll and complete the courses in the same sequence. Program faculty expect that students have a growing knowledge of concepts built upon a prescribed sequence of courses. In addition, program faculty work to build an online community as students move through the course sequence together.
For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" tab above.
In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:
Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation Forms.
The Department of Social Work determines admission using four criteria: Undergraduate GPA, Experience, Professional Statement, and References. The GRE or any other examination is not required; however, applicants with low GPA scores may submit results of the GRE if it is more indicative of their true potential.
Successful applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For those students who do not meet this requirement, the following criteria may be considered as an alternative:
Students who do not meet the GPA requirement and who demonstrate in their application other strengths or exceptional circumstances may be admitted on a provisional basis (provisionally admitted students will be required to achieve a grade point average of 3.0 in their first semester of course work).
Please complete the online interest form to the right to express your interest in joining a future Master of Social Work cohort. We will use the information you provide to send you program updates, including important information about application deadlines.
Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.