Social Work

Contact Information

Sarah Hessenauer
MSW Program Coordinator & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-1203
Location: Laurentide Hall 5201
Deanna Guthrie
BSW Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor
Phone: 262-472-1881
Location: Laurentide Hall 5214
Lori Trimble
Academic Department Associate 
Phone: 262-472-1137
Location: Laurentide Hall 5201

MSW Frequently Asked Questions


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

You need to submit all of your required material to the graduate program here.

We only accept applicants for admittance in the summer/fall semester.

No, the GRE is not required to apply to our MSW program. 

There is no online application for the Social Work Department.

Instead, once you've completed the online graduate 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

You need three letters of recommendation. Reference need to be from 1) An instructor, 2) A personal reference, and 3) A professional references. 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

Decisions for fall 2018 will be made by March 15, 2018.

Applicants will need to inform the program by April 1 if they plan to enroll in the program.

We will have a waiting list for admissions. Applicants will have to inform the program by April 1 if they will be attending our program. After that date, we will email individuals who are on the waiting list.

Our specializations are addictions (including mental health and diagnosing), working with military and military families, and working with persons with physical disabilities.

Yes. The program will accept individuals having a degree from an accredited college other than social work. In these cases, you are considered to be in the non-advanced standing/traditional program. You will be required to complete 58 credits to graduate with a Masters in Social Work.

A program goal is to offer a flexible scheduling in order to accommodate working students. In the first year of the program, the majority of our courses will be face-to-face. We do plan on offering some evening courses. In addition, the majority of the courses will meet one day a week. At this time, we cannot guarantee any online courses.

Our graduate school policy is that the program can accept up to 12 transfer credits. These credits must be obtained from a CSWE accredited social work program.


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

Resources For

Faculty/Staff Contact

Office of the Dean
Rebecca Reichert
Phone: (262) 472-1621

Student Contact

Advising Office
Phone: (262) 472-1550

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