This is a named option in the Social Work MSW.

The Part-Time MSW program is designed to allow students who are not able to pursue full-time study to work toward a MSW degree on a structured, time-extended basis with classes delivered in a hybrid manner (using in-person session and online technology).

  • In-person sessions offered every other Saturday. Students should plan to be on campus each semester.
  • Fieldwork options may be offered in your home community.
  • Traditional and advanced-standing options are offered.
  • Focus Areas in: aging, health or health and aging; child, youth and family welfare; or mental health are offered.

Applicants must meet the School of Social Work admission requirements to be accepted into the program.

Please consult the table below for key information about this degree program’s admissions requirements. The program may have more detailed admissions requirements, which can be found below the table or on the program’s website.

Graduate admissions is a two-step process between academic programs and the Graduate School. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School as well as the program(s). Once you have researched the graduate program(s) you are interested in, apply online.

Fall Deadline May 1*
Spring Deadline The program does not admit in the spring.
Summer Deadline April 1**
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) and Social Work's higher requirements:
TOEFL (iBT): 100
TOEFL (PBT): 600
Other Test(s) (e.g., GMAT, MCAT) n/a
Letters of Recommendation Required 3
*

The Fall semester is open to applicants to the Generalist (4 Year) program only.

**

The Summer semester is open to applicants to the Advanced Standing (2 Year) program only.

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 through the Graduate School's application site (link found in the instructions on the School of Social Work website). 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 and prerequisites.

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.

MSW Program Resources

Thanks to the generosity of friends and alumni, the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work also has a number of Awards and Scholarships available to MSW applicants and current MSW students, ranging from several hundred dollars to covering the full cost of tuition and fees, as well as training grants and other opportunities that can provide funding for students with specific career interests.

Students also have access to federal loans and work study.

Part-Time MSW Program Students Note

Students enrolled in this program are not eligible to receive tuition remission from graduate assistantship appointments at this institution.

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 Yes No Yes No

Mode of Instruction Definitions

Accelerated: Accelerated programs are offered at a fast pace that condenses the time to completion. Students are able to complete a program with minimal disruptions to careers and other commitments.

Evening/Weekend: ​Courses meet on the UW–Madison campus only in evenings and/or on weekends to accommodate typical business schedules.  Students have the advantages of face-to-face courses with the flexibility to keep work and other life commitments.

Face-to-Face: Courses typically meet during weekdays on the UW-Madison Campus.

Hybrid: These programs combine face-to-face and online learning formats.  Contact the program for more specific information.

Online: These programs are offered 100% online.  Some programs may require an on-campus orientation or residency experience, but the courses will be facilitated in an online format.

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement 15 credits must be graduate-level coursework. Details can be found in the Graduate School’s Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) policy (https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-1244).
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
This program follows the Graduate School's policy: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-1203.
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

MSW students complete generalist 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

Generalist practice courses must be completed before beginning advanced practice courses.

Advanced Generalist Specialization

In a broad social justice framework, advanced practice (students continuing from the Generalist years) or advanced standing (students entering the Program with a recent BSW) MSW students complete an advanced generalist practice specialization. Students may choose one of five focus areas: (1) Aging; (2) Child, Youth, and Family Welfare; (3) Health; (4) Mental Health; and (5) Joint Aging & Health. Students complete an Advanced Practice class in a focus area, a Policies & Services class in a focus area, a sequence of Field Practice in a focus area, Advanced Macro Practice, and three "free electives" (except in the Joint Aging & Health focus area, where only two "free electives" are taken) chosen in consultation with an advisor. Students may also choose to complete their advanced generalist practice specialization with no focus area, and still complete Advanced Practice, Policies & Services, and Field Practice courses that are based within focus areas, in addition to Advanced Macro Practice and three "free electives" chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Aging Pathway1

Required Courses
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 free electives from the list below chosen in consultation with advisor.
Students must also complete for 11 total credits:
SOC WORK 800 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar III5-6
SOC WORK 801 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar IV5-6
1

These pathways are internal to the program and represent different curricular paths a student can follow to earn this degree. Pathway names do not appear in the Graduate School admissions application, and they will not appear on the transcript.

Aging & Health Pathway1

Required Courses
SOC WORK 821
SOC WORK 873
Social Work Practice in Aging and Mental Health
and Social Work Practice in Health Care
4
SOC WORK 875 Health, Aging, and Disability Policy and Services2
SOC WORK 840 Advanced Macro Practice2
Two free electives from the list below chosen in consultation with advisor.
Students must also complete for 11 total credits:
SOC WORK 800 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar III5-6
SOC WORK 801 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar IV5-6
1

These pathways are internal to the program and represent different curricular paths a student can follow to earn this degree. Pathway names do not appear in the Graduate School admissions application, and they will not appear on the transcript.

Child, Youth, and Family Welfare Pathway1

Required Courses
SOC WORK 741 Interventions with Children, Youth, and Families2
SOC WORK 920 Child, Youth, and Family Policies and Services2
SOC WORK 840 Advanced Macro Practice2
Three free electives from the list below chosen in consultation with advisor. Students in the School Social Work or Child Welfare sub-focus areas must consult the Specialization Handbook for elective selections and work closely with the advisors.
Students must also complete for 11 total credits:
SOC WORK 800 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar III5-6
SOC WORK 801 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar IV5-6
1

These pathways are internal to the program and represent different curricular paths a student can follow to earn this degree. Pathway names do not appear in the Graduate School admissions application, and they will not appear on the transcript.

Health Pathway1

Required Courses
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 free electives from the list below chosen in consultation with advisor.
Students must also complete for 11 total credits:
SOC WORK 800 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar III5-6
SOC WORK 801 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar IV5-6
1

These pathways are internal to the program and represent different curricular paths a student can follow to earn this degree. Pathway names do not appear in the Graduate School admissions application, and they will not appear on the transcript.

Mental Health Pathway1

Required Courses
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 free electives from the list below chosen in consultation with advisor.
Students must also complete for 11 total credits:
SOC WORK 800 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar III5-6
SOC WORK 801 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar IV5-6
1

These pathways are internal to the program and represent different curricular paths a student can follow to earn this degree. Pathway names do not appear in the Graduate School admissions application, and they will not appear on the transcript.

No Pathway

Advanced Practice (choose one)
SOC WORK 741 Interventions with Children, Youth, and Families2
or SOC WORK 821 Social Work Practice in Aging and Mental Health
or SOC WORK 835 Advanced Soc Work Practice in Mental Health
or SOC WORK 873 Social Work Practice in Health Care
Policies & Services (choose one)
SOC WORK 836 Mental Health Policies and Services2
or SOC WORK 875 Health, Aging, and Disability Policy and Services
or SOC WORK 920 Child, Youth, and Family Policies and Services
Advanced Macro Practice
SOC WORK 840 Advanced Macro Practice2
Advanced Practice Field (11 total credits) 1
SOC WORK 800 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar III5-6
SOC WORK 801 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar IV5-6
Three free electives from the list below chosen in consultation with advisor.
1

Students may express a preference for an area of practice; however, students opting for no pathway will be placed in a field unit by the Assc Director of Field Education.

Free Electives

The Specialization Handbook has suggested electives for pathways and select sub-focuses. Not all electives are available in a given year or semester.

SOC WORK 644 Issues in Developmental Disabilities2
SOC WORK 646 Child Abuse and Neglect2
SOC WORK 656 Family Practice in Foster and Kinship Care2
SOC WORK 712 Psychopathology for Social Work Practice in Mental Health3
SOC WORK 742 Assessing and Treating Children and Adolescents2
SOC WORK 815 Social Work Practice in Schools I2
SOC WORK 817 Social Work Practice in Schools II2
SOC WORK 825 Grief, Death, Loss and Life2
SOC WORK 842 Consultation and Supervision in Social Work2
SOC WORK 870 Cognitive and Behavioral Mental Health Treatments for Adults2
SOC WORK 929 Social Work and Substance Use Disorders2

 Other Policy

Students in this program may not take courses outside the prescribed curriculum without faculty advisor and program director approval. Students in this program cannot enroll concurrently in other undergraduate, graduate or certificate programs.

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.

Part-Time MSW Policies

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Graduate credits in equivalent 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 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 of generalist course may be used for this purpose.

ProbatioN

This program follows the Graduate School's Probation policy.

Satisfactory Progress Criteria:
Graduate students are required to maintain and graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.00.

Grades of “C” are accepted only if offset by an equal number of credits of grades of A. Students who receive more than two grades of C or a grade of D or F will be dropped from the MSW Program.  (This policy does not apply to grades received for courses taken to meet the Statistic prerequisite while in the program but will affect the GPA).

Students 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. Refer to the Field Education Handbook (found on the Social Work Student Resources site) for more details about grades in Field.

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

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

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

15 credits

Time limits

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.

This program follows the Graduate School's Time Limits policy.

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. They may also contact the L&S Academic Divisional Associate Deans, the L&S Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning Administration, or the L&S Director of Human Resources.

Other

Students in this program are required to take their three "free electives" within the Part-Time MSW Program. Students are permitted to take additional elective courses in the School and throughout the UW with advisor consultation. Those courses will not count towards graduation requirements, but do count towards Satisfactory Progress criteria and GPA calculations.

Graduate School Resources

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

MSW students can also take advantage of the College of Letters & Sciences SuccessWorks services, including their Canvas modules on jobs and internships.

Professors: Lawrence M. Berger, MSW, Ph.D.; Marah H. Curtis, MSW, Ph.D.; Katherine Magnuson, 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.; Marci Ybarra, MSW, Ph.D.

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

Clinical Professor: Ellen Smith, MSSW

Clinical Associate Professors: Audrey Conn, MSSW, APSW; Alice Egan, MSSW, APSW; Amanda Ngola, MSW, LCSW; Angela Willits, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Assistant Professors: Laura Dresser, MSW, Ph.D.; Lynette Studer, MSSW, Ph.D.

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