18 months
782 USD/credit 31280 USD/year
782 USD/credit 31280 USD/year
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Our MSW program gives you maximum career flexibility within its approach of working with others and the skills to be an effective advocate for children, adults, and diverse communities. Whether you want to work with the elderly, lead a non-profit, or work in a school, Saint Ambrose University has the Social Work program for you. 


About Social Work at Saint Ambrose University

Generalist Foundation courses of the Social Work program offered by Saint Ambrose University emphasize empowerment, cultural competence, and social justice. You will learn how to assess, plan and intervene; affect change in groups, organizations, and communities; practice with diverse groups in diverse communities; collaborate with clients and focus on strengths; and create solution-focused dialogue.

During your second year, you'll study change strategies including case management, mediation, solution-focused approaches, use of community resources, psychotherapy and play therapy, systems approaches, organizational and community change strategies, and advocacy and networking.

You choose your electives. You can learn more about social policies affecting the elderly, couple and family therapy, child welfare, mental health services and case management, social work in schools, and more.

All students complete field placements. Students in the two-year, full-time program work 16 hours per week in different placements each academic year. Students in the Advanced Standing Program work one year in full-time residence. Part-time students work 16 hours per week during their second and third years of study. Our Director of Field Education works closely with you to find an organization that fits your interests and goals.

We prepare you for the Master of Social Work licensure exam by including the exam review in our curriculum, and exam pass rates are strong.

If you want to expand your skills even more, we are the only university in Iowa to offer a three-year MSW-MBA program. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Generalist Practice
  • Human Behavior Theories
  • SW Research Design
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Field Instruction 
  • Diversity and Social Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • National students: Rolling Admissions


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Evidence of Grade Point Average (2.5)
  • English Proficiency Score Copies
  • Scanned copy of passport including photo page
  • Declaration of Finances Form

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 782 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • National

    31280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 782 USD per credit during 18 months.

Living costs for Davenport

820 - 1235 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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