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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

About our MSW Program

Beginning Fall 2018, the Social Work Department at the UW-Whitewater will offer a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW). The social work program is 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. In addition, each student is required to identify an area of specialization (addictions with a mental health focus, military personnel and their families, and persons with physical disabilities) which will build on their generalist skills and prepare them for specialist practice.


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. 

Created 6/30/2017; Updated 1/14/2019

MSW Applications

The priority deadline for summer/fall 2020 admission is December 1, 2019, and the final deadline to apply is January 15, 2020. If you have questions, please email 

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