The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare is dedicated to improving society. We provide students with education, skills and real-world experiences.

Our school is part of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a major research university nestled in a charming neighborhood in the state’s largest city. UWM is an ideal place for social welfare students and faculty to study, research and work.

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Spring 2024 Recognition Ceremony

Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities

Since our humble beginning in 1965 to today, the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare has educated and prepared students for entry-level and advanced careers in human service professions.

We’ve continually advanced knowledge regarding social welfare issues, and provided quality services to people in need. Our alumni work to make a difference in the lives of people who are often times dispirited and in despair. As a group, our graduates help to improve policies, solve the vital social issues of our time and are strong voices for thoughtful, social change in our society.

Top Reasons to Choose Social Welfare at UWM

Unique Courses and Certificate Programs

We educate students to work in the fast-growing areas of social welfare, including trauma-informed care, aging, crime analysis and cyber crime forensics.

Scholarships and Funding

We offer a variety of scholarships exclusively to criminal justice and criminology and social work students. Funding is available for social work graduate students in applied gerontology, child welfare and more.

Field Instruction and Affiliations

Our social work field program and criminal justice field program offer supervised, professional experiences for students to begin applying what they’ve learned.

Accelerated and Coordinated Degree Programs

We offer an accelerated master’s degree program in criminal justice and criminology. At the master’s level, students may earn two master’s degrees in these programs: MPH/MSW, MSW/MSCJ and MSCJ/MPA.


Enderis Hall 10th and 11th Floors
2400 E. Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mailing Address
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
PO Box 786
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

Phone: 414-229-4852
Fax: 414-229-5311