School of Graduate Studies

Elevate your social work expertise and make a lasting impact in schools.

Embark on an extraordinary journey to transform the lives of students and communities as a School Social Worker. Our graduate certification program is designed for individuals who have already obtained a Master's in Social Work and are interested in school social work.

Unlock a world of opportunities and position yourself as a sought-after professional, poised to make a profound impact on the education system and beyond. Take the first step towards a fulfilling career that will inspire and empower you every step of the way.

Why UW-Whitewater?

  • Hands-on, clinical experience
  • Program allows you to successfully balance both school and work
  • Affordable tuition

Post MSW School Social Work - Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Post-School Social Work is a 15-credit program. This program can be started in the spring, summer or fall terms, and at a pace that works best for you. Full-time students can finish in as little as a year.

For a comprehensive overview of the program structure and required courses, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

To qualify for admission to the certificate program, you must have completed a master's degree in Social Work Program from a CSWE accredited social work program. Applicants must have a 3.00 grade point average, in addition to meeting graduate admission criteria.

Deadlines vary by term and are subject to change without notice. Accurate and up-to-date admission deadlines can be found on the graduate admission deadlines website.

If you do not meet the graduate admission criteria, please email us to determine if you could be admitted on a contingent basis.

International students must meet additional criteria and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for information and assistance.

Additional requirements for admission to the School Social Work - Post certificate program:

  • Upload a personal statement that addresses these five (5) questions: (1) Why are you pursuing school social work at this time? (2) Why are you choosing the UW-Whitewater Post MSW School Social Work Certificate? (3) What are your long-term professional goals? (4) How does the UW-Whitewater Post MSW School Social Work Certificate fit into your long-term goals? (5) If you received an MSW more than 5 years ago, explain how you have kept current with the latest information in social work. (Format: Three pages, 12pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, with one-inch margins)
  • Provide contact information (name, organization, position/title, relationship, telephone and email address) for two (2) individuals that are knowledgeable about your potential to do graduate work and function successfully as a counselor.
  • Complete a background check through ViewPoint. Instructions can be found here
  • Complete Social Work application questions.

All requirements can be submitted during the application process.

This program at UW-Whitewater is a superior value at $560.56 USD per credit as a resident and $1,148.55 USD per credit as a non-resident for the 2023-24 academic year. Visit the Tuition and Fees webpage for complete information.

Financial aid

Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program only are not eligible for federal aid. 

Students completing a certificate with a degree program may be eligible for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, or employment. All of these make up a “Financial Aid Package” and may be offered singly or in various combinations. Since funds are limited, priority for aid is based on financial need and how promptly applications are filed. To find out if you qualify, or if you have other financial aid questions, contact the financial aid staff person assigned to you or try or 262-472-1130.

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Like to learn more about degree options through UW-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies? There are a few ways you can get the information you need. Visit our information sessions website to select a virtual information session related to the program you are interested in. You can also fill out a request for information to connect with an advisor who can discuss your goals and help guide you to the right program to pursue your dreams.

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