Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work degree is a professional degree which prepares students through the development of advanced generalist skills for clinical practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities within diverse systems and settings.  Students graduate from our program as clinicians, group facilitators, supervisors, advocates, and researchers.  In addition, the master’s program in social work at UW-Whitewater prepares students for specialized practice with physical disabilities, military and/or addictions.

Program Coordinator

Sarah Hessenauer
LT 5201
Phone: 262-472-1203
Email: hessenas@uww.edu

Department

LT 5209
Phone: 262-472-1137
Fax: 262-472-1611
Email: socialwork@uww.edu

Additional Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. At least a 3.00 overall grade point average in all the graduate work previously completed at UW-Whitewater, with no grades of I or IP pending.
    1. One of the following:
    2. At least a 2.75 overall grade point average in the undergraduate degree program.
  3. Can apply if lower than a 2.75, but would be placed on probation status if admitted
    For advanced standing students, a grade of B or better is required in core social work courses.
  4. At least a 2.90 grade point average in the last half of the undergraduate degree program.
  5. A master's degree or higher from an institution regionally accredited at the corresponding graduate level.
  6. At least 12 credits of graduate work completed on a regular grade basis at UW-Whitewater.
  7. Intro to statistics course: 200 level or higher, with a grade of C or better
  8. Personal statement
    1. Demonstration of 24 hours of liberal studies courses, including:
    2. Courses in social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, women’s studies, political science)
  9. Course in human biology
  10. Background check for field
  11. < >3 letters of referenceAt least one must be from an academic instructorOnly one may be a personal reference
  12. One professional reference (field, volunteering and/or work)
  13. Reference letters need to be on letterhead and sent directly to:
    Dr. Sarah Hessenauer​
    Dept. of Social Work
    UW-Whitewater
    800. W. Main Street
    Whitewater, WI 53190

    The GRE test is NOT required to be considered for admittance to the MSW program.

    Preferred Requirements:

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

The Master of Social Work degree is a professional degree which prepares students through the development of advanced generalist skills for clinical practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities within diverse systems and settings.  Students graduate from our program as clinicians, group facilitators, supervisors, advocates, and researchers.  In addition, the master’s program in social work at UW-Whitewater prepares students for specialized practice with physical disabilities, military and/or addictions.

Core Courses  (Including emphasis area)- 32 units

SOCWORK 720ADVANCED SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY ANALYSIS3
SOCWORK 712SOCIAL WORK PSYCHOPATHOLOGY3
SOCWORK 733SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH GROUPS, COMMUNITIES, AND ORGANIZATIONS3
SOCWORK 783SOCIAL WORK FIELD EXPERIENCE3
SOCWORK 784SOCIAL WORK FIELD RESEARCH INTEGRATION CAPSTONE4
SOCWORK 771RESEARCH AND PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION4
SOCWORK 776ADVANCED PRACTICE: INTERVENTION AND EVALUATION3

Students will be required to complete courses in one emphasis focused on an area of specialized practice (6 units)

Addiction Emphasis
COUNSELING AND THE CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PROCESS
TREATMENT OF SUBSTANCE USE AND OTHER ADDICTIVE DISORDERS
Military Emphasis
SOCIAL WORK WITH MILITARY
ADVANCED INTERVENTION WITH MILITARY AND FAMILIES
Physical Disability Emphasis
SOCIAL WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES
INTERVENTIONS WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES

 Student who do not meet advanced standing requirements will need to take the following courses in addition to the core courses and emphasis courses.

SOCWORK 511HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I3
SOCWORK 602SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH3
SOCWORK 572SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II3
SOCWORK 571SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I3
SOCWORK 573SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III3
SOCWORK 662SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY3
SOCWORK 783SOCIAL WORK FIELD EXPERIENCE3

 In addition to these courses, in collaboration with UW-Milwaukee, the following courses from their Social Work Program will also be counted for electives in the program:

  1. SOCWORK 765 Social Work Boundaries and Ethics in Professional Practice. 2-3 cr. G.
  2. SOCWORK 774 Trauma Counseling I: Theory and Research. 3 cr. G.
  3. SOCWORK 775 Trauma Counseling II: Diagnosis and Treatment. 3 cr. G.