Criminal Justice:

Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in criminal justice, criminology, or otherwise titled degree in the criminal justice field.

Social Work:

Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in social work (preferred), a related field, or be assigned MSW-level coursework to fulfill any deficiency requirements. We require a copy of transcripts that demonstrate fulfillment of MSW degree, equivalent requirements, or that satisfy social work training deficiencies.

Joint MSW/Ph.D. Program:

A bachelor’s degree in any field.

Both Programs and Both Specializations:

Meet admission requirements of the UWM Graduate School.


  Successful applicants must be prepared to enroll as full-time students. The expected time to completion of degree requirements is four to five years.

 International students must complete all additional requirements for international applicants. Refer to Center for International Education website or contact them directly at isss@uwm.edu or 414-229-4846. A checklist for graduate applications can be found here.