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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

MSW Admission Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Transcript demonstrating Bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on 4.0 scale (you may apply if your GPA is less than 2.75, but you would be placed on probation status if admitted)
    • For advanced standing students, a grade of B or better is required in all core social work courses
  • Intro to statistics course: 200-level or higher, with a grade of C or better (this prerequisite may be taken at UWW the summer before the fall your MSW program begins)
  • Personal statement and resume
  • Demonstration of 24 hours of liberal studies courses, including:
    • Courses in social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, women's studies, political science)
    • A course in human biology
  • Background check will be completed prior to your field placement, but is not part of the application process
  • 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)

Preferred Additional Requirements

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

How to Apply 

  • The priority deadline for summer/fall 2020 admission is December 1, 2019 and the final deadline to apply is January 15, 2020.
  • You may apply online through the Graduate Studies Department.
  • You will also need to complete the online application for the UW-Whitewater Social Work Department
  • References should complete this online reference form, which is also where they upload their letters of recommendation.
  • We will admit MSW students for summer/fall semesters only, not spring semesters.
  • Prerequisite courses, such as statistics, may be taken at UWW the summer before your fall admission to the MSW program. 
  • More information about the application process is available from the School of Graduate Studies; please see their Admission Information and FAQ pages.  
  • The GRE test is NOT required to be considered for admittance to the MSW program.
Created 6/30/2017; Updated 7/12/2017