Master’s Degree in Social Work


The Master’s Degree in Social Work prepares students for careers as advanced social work practitioners who can promote positive change through social work practice, advocacy, education, research, and leadership.

What Sets Us Apart

MSW students develop critical advanced social work skills through hands-on learning in their required field placement experiences.

Our program is large enough to provide you with extensive field opportunities, yet small enough for you to receive individualized attention. As an MSW student, you’ll have access to:

  • A diverse set of field placement options. The Social Work Field Department collaborates with hundreds of field placement sites throughout the Milwaukee metro area and in greater Wisconsin to provide these experiences;
  • International study abroad and field opportunities;
  • A strong network of alumni.

Leaders in Trauma-Informed Care

Our faculty and staff are leaders in trauma-informed care practice and research. We have offered the Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care since 2013.

Program Overview

Students train in one of five areas of concentration:

  • Child and Family Welfare
  • Gerontology
  • Behavioral and Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Community and Organizational Leadership

Coordinated Programs:

Graduate Certificates:

Wisconsin Certification and Licensure:

  • School Social Work
    We are one of the only graduate schools in Wisconsin to offer an approved Department of Public Instruction (DPI) school social work program.
  • Substance Abuse Counselor Certification
    Our MSW curriculum in Behavioral and Mental Health combined with specialized electives is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) to satisfy the educational requirements toward certification as a substance abuse counselor.