Forging ahead with trauma-informed social work practice

UNI's Master of Social Work (MSW) program is a specialization in Trauma-Informed Care.  If you are seeking a career where you can create social change, fight injustice, and address the wide-ranging effects of individual and systemic trauma, then UNI's MSW program is the place for you.

Since 2014, our program has provided a trauma-informed care specialization which is based on decades of research on how people are affected by stress, adversity, and oppression. You'll work with scholars and experts in the field of trauma and mental health, gain experience in the field, and will learn innovative approaches to address the complex problems facing our world.

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in Iowa

UNI offers the only trauma-informed care specialization MSW program in the state of Iowa. 


Fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Pass Rate

UNI's MSW program is proud to boast a 93% licensure pass rate ... far surpassing the national average of 74%.

Info at a Glance

Program Highlights

Our program boasts faculty with extensive experience working in a variety of clinical and agency settings and who are actively conducting research in the areas of mental health, trauma, and other fields.

In addition to your courses, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with our faculty.  Many faculty include students in departmental and research projects.  Our cohort size allows us to get to know our students, providing mentoring and connection.

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Our students have a wide range of field placements opportunities at local, state, national, and even international sites.  

We have extensive connections within the Cedar Valley, but also across the state.  We are always interested in establishing new connections that will provide meaningful learning opportunities for our students.  

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Our students can complete a School Social Work Endorsement as part of their MSW studies that allows them to hold the position of the School Social Worker with the Iowa Area Education Agencies or school districts.  

Check our our SSW Endorsement page for more information.

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Want to learn more?

Fill out your information here and we'll be in touch!

Contact us directly at:

Department of Social Work
Sabin Hall, Room 235
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Dr. Matthew Vasquez
MSW Program Director

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