The MSW program prepares students for advanced practice social work in a variety of fields of practice. The curriculum is founded on the program’s mission and goals and emphasizes social justice advocacy, leadership, and social work with, and on behalf of, vulnerable families. The program offers a full-time curriculum which can be completed in two calendar years for students entering at the Generalist level or one year for students entering at the Specialized level. A part-time program is also available which can be completed in nine semesters for students entering at the Generalist level or five semesters for students entering at the Specialized level. A key element of the program is the opportunity for students to integrate and apply their classroom learning in a field internship setting.
Master of Social Work
The program seeks applicants who have demonstrated academic potential for graduate study, readiness and suitability for advanced-level social work, and who are able to articulate a commitment to social work. In addition, the program seeks applicants with demonstrated human services experience and sensitivity to multi-cultural practice, social justice, and leadership/advocacy.
To be considered for admission to the MSW program, the following criteria must be met:
- An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university by the time classes start.
- A 3.0 grade point average (GPA), measured on a 4.0 scale. GPA is based on the last 60 credits taken in bachelor’s degree studies or graduate level course work. Consistent with Graduate Studies policy, students from schools not using a grading system will be evaluated on an individual basis. Students who do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement or who have other deficiencies may be admitted on a provisional basis. Provisionally admitted students who receive at least a B grade in courses totaling nine credits of graduate work, after acceptance, will be fully admitted.
- An academic background in the liberal arts with completion of a minimum of 12 credits in the social sciences. Examples include coursework within or across the following disciplines: psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics and political science.
- A total of four prerequisite courses are required and include one course from each of the following areas: Biological Life Sciences, Lifespan Development, Statistics, and Research Methods. Students without a BSW degree who are applying for admission to the Generalist Program must have completed all prerequisites prior to the start of the program. Students who have a BSW degree are considered to have met all four prerequisites.
- International students must provide evidence of English proficiency. Please see the Graduate Studies website for more information.
- To be considered for admission, applicants with social work degrees from international universities must substantiate their academic credentials via the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES). Information is available here: https://cswe.org/Centers-Initiatives/Initiatives/International-Degree-Review.aspx
In addition to meeting the required admissions qualifications noted above, applicants with the following qualifications will be given preference for admission.
- Demonstrated post-high school human services-related experience. Examples include paid employment, volunteer work, and internships.
- Written communication that demonstrates clear and succinct conceptualization of ideas, application of critical thinking, the ability to coherently communicate and organize ideas, and the ability to write using correct grammar, spelling and syntax.
- Commitment to social justice, advocacy, and multicultural practice on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed populations.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
Additional Admission Information
The MSW program admits students once per year. Applications and specific instructions for submission are posted on the MSW program website in August with applications due on or before December 1. Applicants are encouraged to review the MSW program website for specific admission dates, fees, and application submission requirements.
For program applicants who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work degree, 59 credits are required for graduation. This includes a 27-credit two-semester Generalist curriculum (fall and spring), and a 32-credit three-semester Specialized curriculum (summer, fall and spring). Applicants with a BSW degree may receive advanced standing status in the MSW Program if they meet one of the following two options:
OPTION ONE: BSW degree from a baccalaureate social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or those recognized by the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service. BSW degree must be obtained within seven years of the year of admission to the UW-Green Bay MSW program.
OPTION TWO: Must meet all three of the following criteria:
- BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program,
- Current Wisconsin Social Work certification (training certificate excluded), and
- Post-BSW social work practice experience equivalent to three full-time years (approximately 6,240 hours). Work experience must be obtained within 10 years of the year of admission to the MSW Program.
Applicants are responsible for providing evidence of meeting the criteria in Option Two.
Students entering the Generalist Program complete the part-time option in four years. Students entering with advanced standing complete the part-time option in two years.
|Generalist Curriculum Requirements:||27|
|Gateway to the Profession of Social Work|
|Contemporary Social Work Ethics|
|Generalist Practice I|
|Generalist Practice II|
|Macro Practice Skills|
|Human Behavior and the Social Environment|
|Foundations of Social Welfare|
|Specialized Curriculum Requirements:||32|
|Diversity, Social Justice & Advocacy|
|Advanced Practice: Multi-Level Family Systems|
|Advanced Policy: Leadership, Advocacy and Practice|
|Research for MSW Practice|
|Advanced Program Evaluation|
|Advanced Practice: Community Empowerment|
|Electives (Choose six credits from the following list):|
|Contemporary Social Work Ethics (This is a required course for foundation students; an elective for advanced standing students.)|
|Social Work Management & Supervision in the Social Services|
|Psychopathology for Clinical Social Work|
|Emerging Issues in Child Welfare|
|Clinical Theories for Mental Health Practice|
|Contemporary Interventions in Social Work Practice|
|Social Work Practice in Schools|
|Strengths-Based Leadership and Supervision|
|Social Work Practice in the Criminal Justice System|
|Overview of Wisconsin DPI School Social Work Standards|
|Assessing Mental Health and Substance Use in Practice|
|Forensic Social Work: Policy and Practice|
|Social and Family Influences on Development and Learning|
|Dying, Death, and Loss|
|Public and Nonprofit Budgeting|
|Advanced requirement: Portfolio Project|
Steps Toward the Degree
- Prospective student submits an admission application and is recommended for admission.
- Applicant is admitted to the Master of Social Work graduate program.
- The student develops a Capstone project which is defined in consultation with the program faculty and adviser.
- The student files an Application for Graduation with the Registrar’s Office through the Student Information System (SIS). The application must be completed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar in the fall semester for spring and summer semester graduates.
- Upon successful completion of the Capstone project the instructor files the Approval of Thesis Defense or Project Presentation (GR-4 Form) with the Office of Graduate Studies.
- Degree is awarded and graduate receives diploma.
|Generalist Curriculum||Generalist Curriculum|
|SOC WORK 700||2||SOC WORK 701||3|
|SOC WORK 702||3||SOC WORK 704||3|
|SOC WORK 711||3||SOC WORK 705||1|
|SOC WORK 712||4||SOC WORK 707||2|
|SOC WORK 713||1||SOC WORK 714||4|
|SOC WORK 715||1|
|Specialized Curriculum||Specialized Curriculum||Specialized Curriculum|
|SOC WORK 716||4||SOC WORK 718||4||SOC WORK 728||3|
|SOC WORK 717||1||SOC WORK 719||1||Elective||3|
|SOC WORK 720||3||SOC WORK 721||3|
|SOC WORK 731||3||SOC WORK 736||2|
|SOC WORK 738||2||Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 59|
Faculty members in the MSW Program represent a wide range of teaching, practice, and research experiences. Contact information and biographies for faculty and staff are available on the program website at: https://www.uwgb.edu/social-work/faculty-staff/