Social Work

Contact Information

Sarah Hessenauer
Program Coordinator/Chair
Phone: (262) 472-1203
Location: Laurentide 5201

Lori Trimble
Academic Dept Assoc
Phone: (262) 472-1137
Location: Laurentide 5201

MSW Admission Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Transcript demonstrating Bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on 4.0 scale (you may apply if your GPA is less than 2.75, but you would be placed on probation status if admitted)
    • For advanced standing students, a grade of B or better is required in all core social work courses
  • Intro to statistics course: 200-level or higher, with a grade of C or better (this prerequisite may be taken at UWW the summer before the fall your MSW program begins)
  • Personal statement and resume
  • Demonstration of 24 hours of liberal studies courses, including:
    • Courses in social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, women's studies, political science)
    • A course in human biology
  • Background check will be completed prior to your field placement, but is not part of the application process
  • 3 letters of reference
    • At least one must be from an academic instructor
    • Only one may be a personal reference
    • One professional reference (field, volunteering, and/or work)

Preferred Additional Requirements

  • 1000 service hours (paid or volunteer)
  • Commitment to social justice, advocacy, and multicultural practice on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed populations

How to Apply 

Applications for fall 2019 will be available beginning October 1, 2018.

  • Beginning October 1, 2018 you may apply online through the Graduate Studies Department for Fall 2019 admission.
  • Please note, there is no online application for the Social Work Department. Instead, once you've completed the online gradute school application, you need to send your resume and personal statement to Sarah Hessenauer
    • Email:
    • Mail: Sarah Hessenauer, 5201 Laurentide Hall, 800 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190
  • References should send their letters of reference directly to Sarah Hessenauer
    • Email:
    • Mail: Sarah Hessenauer, 5201 Laurentide Hall, 800 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190  
  • We will admit MSW students for fall semesters only, not spring or summer semesters.
  • Prerequisite courses, such as statistics, may be taken at UWW the summer before your fall admission to the MSW program. 
  • More information about the application process is available from the School of Graduate Studies; please see their Admission Information and FAQ pages.  
  • The GRE test is NOT required to be considered for admittance to the MSW program.
Created 6/30/2017; Updated 7/12/2017


College of Letters & Sciences
Laurentide Hall 4100
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

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Rebecca Reichert
Phone: (262) 472-1621

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Phone: (262) 472-1550

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