This is a named option within the Social Work MSW

Fall Deadline January 8
Spring Deadline The program does not admit in the spring.
Summer Deadline The program does not admit in the summer.
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Not required.
English Proficiency Test Every applicant whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide an English proficiency test score and meet the Graduate School minimum requirements (https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/requirements/#english-proficiency).
Other Test(s) (e.g., GMAT, MCAT) n/a
Letters of Recommendation Required 3

Online applications are available through the School of Social Work website.

Admission into the master's degree program includes the Graduate School requirement that applicants hold a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately two years of work) from an accredited university or college.

Applicants apply online to through the Graduate School's application site: Graduate School Electronic Application. A complete application includes both the Graduate School application and the School of Social Work's supplemental application forms.

Applicants must review the instructions on the School of Social Work website for specific application details. In addition to their application forms prospective MSW students submit: reasons for graduate study essay, official transcripts from each university or college attended, the names and e-mail addresses of three persons who will submit letters of recommendation on the applicant's behalf, criminal background check information, and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores (if applicable). The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is optional. A School of Social Work admissions committee acceptance recommendation to the Graduate School is required for unconditional admission. Prerequisites for entrance into the MSW program include:

  1. completion of 30 semester credits of social science courses at the point the application is submitted; and
  2. completion of an approved statistics course with a grade of C or better, taken within five years prior to entrance into the program.

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Named Option Requirements

Mode of Instruction

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No No

Mode of Instruction Definitions

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement Half of degree coursework must be in graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide (http://my.wisc.edu/CourseGuideRedirect/BrowseByTitle).
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements Grades of C are accepted only if they are offset by an equal number of credits of A. Candidates who receive more than two grades of C (in courses that do not extend beyond one term) or a grade of D or F while in the program will be dropped from the MSW Program. Candidates who receive a grade of C in the Field and Integrative Seminar courses may continue only with permission of the faculty and may not offset the grade with a grade of A. (This policy does not apply to grades received for courses taken to meet the statistics prerequisite while in the program).
Assessments and Examinations None.
Language Requirements None.

Required Courses

Generalist Practice

First-year MSW students complete generalist/foundation practice courses unless granted an exemption:

SOC WORK 400 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar I4
SOC WORK 401 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar II4
SOC WORK 441 Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups3
SOC WORK 442 Generalist Practice with Communities and Organizations2
SOC WORK 605 The Field of Social Work2
SOC WORK 606 Social Policy2
SOC WORK 612 Psychopathology in Generalist Social Work Practice2
SOC WORK 650 Methods of Social Work Research3
SOC WORK 710 Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice in Social Work2
SOC WORK 711 Human Behavior and the Environment2

In general, generalist practice/ foundation courses must be completed before beginning advanced practice courses.

In a broad social justice framework, advanced practice or advanced standing MSW students complete a generalist advanced practice specialization in one of four social problem areas: (1) Aging; (2) Child, Youth, and Family Welfare; (3) Health; and (4) Mental Health. In addition to their focus area courses, students complete a Macro Practice Elective and three "free electives."

Advanced Generalist Specialization Focus in Aging1

Required Courses
SOC WORK 800 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar III5
SOC WORK 801 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar IV6
SOC WORK 821 Social Work Practice in Aging and Mental Health2
SOC WORK 875 Health, Aging, and Disability Policy and Services2
SOC WORK 840 Advanced Macro Practice2
Three courses chosen in consultation with advisor.

Advanced Generalist Specialization Focus in Children, Youth and Families1

Required Courses
SOC WORK 800 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar III5
SOC WORK 801 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar IV6
SOC WORK 741 Interventions with Children, Youth, and Families2
SOC WORK 920 Child, Youth, and Family Policies and Services2
or SOC WORK 921 Child Welfare
SOC WORK 840 Advanced Macro Practice2
Three courses chosen in consultation with advisor.

Advanced Generalist Specialization Focus in Health1

Required Courses
SOC WORK 800 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar III5
SOC WORK 801 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar IV6
SOC WORK 873 Social Work Practice in Health Care2
SOC WORK 875 Health, Aging, and Disability Policy and Services2
SOC WORK 840 Advanced Macro Practice2
Three courses chosen in consultation with advisor.

Advanced Generalist Specialization Focus in Mental Health1

Required Courses
SOC WORK 800 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar III5
SOC WORK 801 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar IV6
SOC WORK 835 Advanced Soc Work Practice in Mental Health2
SOC WORK 836 Mental Health Policies and Services2
SOC WORK 840 Advanced Macro Practice2
Three courses chosen in consultation with advisor.

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Named Option-Specific Policies

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Graduate credits in equivalent foundation/generalist courses completed with a grade of B or better taken at CSWE-accredited MSW programs may be used to fulfill the Minimum Degree Credit Requirement. In general, coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to the MSW Program may not be used to satisfy degree credit minimums. Graduate credits from other MSW programs/institutions may not be used to fulfill the Minimum Residence Credit Requirement.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

MSW students who have received BSWs from CSWE accredited programs may count 7 credits of their undergraduate coursework in the BSW program. UW–Madison BSWs may count only those courses numbered 300 or above toward their minimum graduate degree credit requirement. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to the MSW program may not be used to satisfy credit requirements.

UW–Madison University Special

On a case-by-case basis Generalist/Foundation Social Work courses numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student may be used to fulfill degree requirements. No more than 15 credits generalist/foundation credits may be used for this purpose.

ProbatioN

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

All master's candidates are assigned to the social work academic advisors.

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

15 credits

Time Constraints

Full-Time Program students matriculating through the Full-Time MSW program on a part-time basis must enroll in a minimum of two courses each semester and complete one full-time semester of at least 8 credits. Candidates who withdraw from the Full-Time Program without having completed at least 8 credits must reapply for admission to the program. Students who withdraw from the Part-Time MSW Program without having completed at least 6 credits must reapply for admission to the Part-Time Program.

Master's degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Grievances and Appeals

These resources may be helpful in addressing your concerns:

Students should contact the department chair or program director with questions about grievances.

Other

Title IV-E Public Child Welfare Traineeships are available to Full-Time and Part-Time MSW Program students.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

Professors: Lawrence M. Berger, MSW, Ph.D.; Marah H. Curtis, MSW, Ph.D.; Betty J. Kramer,  MSSW, Ph.D.; Katherine Magnuson, Ph.D.; Daniel R. Meyer, MSW, Ph.D.; Stephanie A. Robert, MSW, Ph.D. (School director); Tracy Schroepfer, MSW, Ph.D., Kristen Slack, A.M., Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Tally Moses, MSW, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Lauren Bishop, Ph.D.; Pajarita Charles, MPA, MSW, Ph.D.; Lara Gerassi, MSW, Ph.D.; Jooyoung Kong, MSW, Ph.D.; Jessica Pac, Ph.D.; Alejandra Ros Pilarz, Ph.D.;  Tova Walsh, MSW, Ph.D.; Yang Sao Xiong, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor: Audrey Conn, MSSW, APSW; Alice Egan, MSSW, APSW; Ellen Smith, MSSW

Clinical Assistant Professors: Laura Dresser, MSW, Ph.D.; Amanda Ngola, MSW, LCSW; Lynette Studer, MSSW, Ph.D.; Angela Willits, MSW, LCSW

A complete list of all faculty and staff in the school is available on the School of Social Work Directory.