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Social Work

Contact Information

Sarah Hessenauer
MSW Program Coordinator &  Professor
Phone: 262-472-1203
Location: Laurentide Hall 5201
Deanna Guthrie
BSW Program Coordinator & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-1881
Location: Laurentide Hall 5205
Susan Morris
Academic Department Associate 
Phone: 262-472-1137
Location: Laurentide Hall 5201

About our MSW Program

Beginning in the Fall of 2018, the Social Work Department at the UW-Whitewater began offering a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW). The social work program is a professional education training program that is designed to meet the needs of our society through the preparation of professionally educated social work practitioners. A social worker with master-level training is an advanced generalist practitioner. The advanced generalist practitioner possesses a wide range of knowledge and competencies in order to respond to a wide range of social problems.  Students are allowed to focus on several areas, including addictions, mental health, or school social work. Students are allowed to take elective courses in a variety of areas which will build on their generalist skills and prepare them for specialist practice.‚Äč

New Post-MSW Graduate Certificate Programs

Please see the course catalog for more information:

If you are currently enrolled in or have completed a Graduate School program at another university, to enroll in a certificate program pleaes complete an application online, pay the application fee plus send official transcript. 

* Students must be enrolled in or have completed a Masters Degree in Social Work program from a CSWE accredited social work program. 


The UW-Whitewater MSW program has applied for Council on Social Work Education accreditation and is working closely with CSWE.  Any student who successfully completes the program will be considered to have graduated from a CSWE accredited program which will enable them to apply for social work licensure.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Masters of Social Work (MSW) program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is: To cultivate advanced social work professionals skilled in developing collaborative relationships within dynamic regional and national contexts to address diverse human and community issues that affect well-being.

Program Goals

1. Preparing students through coursework and advising to advance their knowledge, develop strong professional values and ethics, and be able to apply a range of prevention and intervention methods.

2. Engaging students in evidence-informed practices.

3. Partnering students within a framework of community engagement to accomplish mutual goals.

4. Providing students with opportunities to work in partnership with faculty who are actively engaged in practice, service, and research.

MSW Student Handbook

Procedures and matters relevant to MSW students can be found in the MSW Student Handbook. Also included in the handbook, is information pertaining to course requirements, sequencing of courses, expectations, requirements, and social work certification. 

MSW Applications

The priority deadline for summer/fall 2022 admission is December 1, 2021, and the final deadline to apply is January 15, 2022. If you have questions, please email  Watch for future application deadlines on this page.

You may apply to the graduate school  here. Then, complete the program specific application and have your references submit letters of recommendation here