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 Frequently Asked Questions


Applications are due by January 12, 2018.

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

We will only be accepting applications in January for admittance in the summer/fall semester.

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 will be made by March 15, 2018.

Applicants will need to inform the program by April 1st 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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