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

Social Work Program

(Master of Social Work)

The MSW program accepts traditional and advanced standing students who want to advance their careers in social work in one of our concentration areas of: addiction/mental health, military and/or physical disabilities.

Traditional students will be expected to complete 58 graduate credits and advanced standing students are expected to complete 32 graduate credits, including field experience (not including prerequisites).

MSW courses are held during daytime, evenings, on-line and during summers to accommodate the needs of working professionals.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. At least a 3.00 overall grade point average in all the graduate work previously completed at UW-Whitewater, with no grades of I or IP pending.
  3. One of the following:
    • At least a 2.75 overall grade point average in the undergraduate degree program.
    • Can apply if lower than a 2.75, but would be placed on probation status if admitted
      For advanced standing students, a grade of B or better is required in core social work courses.
    • At least a 2.90 grade point average in the last half of the undergraduate degree program.
    • A master's degree or higher from an institution regionally accredited at the corresponding graduate level.
    • At least 12 credits of graduate work completed on a regular grade basis at UW-Whitewater.
  4. Intro to statistics course: 200 level or higher, with a grade of C or better
  5. Personal statement
  6. Demonstration of 24 hours of liberal studies courses, including:
    • Courses in social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, women’s studies, political science)
    • Course in human biology
  7. Background check for field
  8. 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)

Reference letters need to be on letterhead and sent directly to:
Dr. Sarah Hessenauer​
Dept. of Social Work
800. W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

The GRE test is NOT required to be considered for admittance to the MSW program.

Preferred Requirements:

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

MSW Applications

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