College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Welcome to the Department of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa


Why Choose Social Work at UNI?

The Department of Social Work offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program (BA in Social Work) and a Master of Social Work program (MSW). Both the BA in Social Work and the MSW programs were reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in June 2015.

The BA in Social Work prepares students to be professional social workers that are able to work in multiple settings with diverse populations experiencing a variety of issues. The MSW specialization is trauma-informed care. MSW students study the widespread impact of trauma and understand the potential paths to recovery; they learn to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others; they discover how to respond by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and, they acquire skills to actively resist re-traumatizing clients.

We offer the following degrees to educate students at both the generalist and advanced levels:


Field placements are also an important component of our programs. The Office of Field Instruction coordinates and supports graduate and undergraduate internships in a wide variety of local and regional agencies.

Upcoming Social Work Training Opportunities

Registration CLOSED - Friday, September 10, 2021 - LISW Supervision Training Refresher with Traci Ludwig/Mercy One Behavioral Health Live Stream Event (3 CEUs) - Contact Jenny Becker at or 319-273-7881 if there are any questions. 

REGISTRATION:  Friday, September 24, 2021 - Annual Trauma Informed Care Conference, Cedar Falls Hilton Garden Inn 

REGISTRATION:  Thursday, October 7, 2021 - Social Work Ethics with Tom Eachus/UnityPoint Black Hawk Grundy Mental Health Center Live Stream Event (3 CEUs)

SAVE THE DATE FLIER:  UNI CSBS-UNI CUE System of Support Conference, Nov 12, 2021, in person, Waterloo, IA

Other Workshops/Trainings