Coordinated Degree: MA/MSW

Master of Arts in Women’s & Gender Studies / Master of Social Work

Graduate School – MSW Program Information

The College of Letters and Science and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare collaboratively offer a program designed to provide students with theoretical and practical exposure to evolving professional practice and the field of feminist research and scholarship.

The Master of Arts in Women’s & Gender Studies / Master of Social Work Coordinated Degree Program consists of combined Women’s & Gender Studies (WGS prefixed or cross-listed) and Social Work coursework. Candidates for the coordinated degree program will be expected to fulfill the degree requirements of both programs within seven years, in compliance with Graduate School policies. Degrees will be awarded simultaneously.


Students are admitted to both graduate programs separately, and admission requirements are consistent with those specified by the UWM Graduate School, the MA in Women’s & Gender Studies Program in the College of Letters and Science, and the MSW Program of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

Required Coursework

Women’s & Gender Studies

  • WGS 700 – Feminist Issues and Scholarship
  • WGS 701 – Advanced Global Feminisms
  • WGS 710 – Advanced Feminist Theory
  • WGS 711 – Advanced Feminist Research Methods
  • One additional 3-credit G or U/G WGS course, excluding: 497, 599, 700, 990, and 999.
  • 15 elective credits, of which 9 are in WGS or WGS cross-listed courses (not SOC WRK), selected in consultation with the WGS Director of Graduate Studies. Six credits in SOC WRK may count as electives.

Social Work Foundation Curriculum

  • SOC WRK 604 – Social Systems and Social Work Practice
  • SOC WRK 662 – Methods of Social Welfare Research
  • SOC WRK 665 – Cultural Diversity and Social Work
  • SOC WRK 705 – Individual Behavior and Social Welfare
  • SOC WRK 708 – Social Work Methodology I: Individuals and Families
  • SOC WRK 709 – Social Work Methodology II: Groups, Organizations and Communities
  • SOC WRK 721 – Field Instruction I
  • SOC WRK 750 – Social Welfare Policy Development and Implementation

Social Work Advanced Practice Curriculum

Practice Courses (711 or 713; 811 or 915; 820)
  • SOC WRK 711 – Direct Social Work Practice I
  • SOC WRK 713 – Community Organization, Planning and Human Service Administration I
  • SOC WRK 811 – Direct Social Work Practice II: (Subtitled)
  • SOC WRK 915 – Human Services Administration II
  • SOC WRK 820 – Seminar in Social Work Practice: (Subtitled)
Field Courses
  • SOC WRK 722 – Field Instruction II
  • SOC WRK 821 – Field Instruction III
  • SOC WRK 822 – Field Instruction IV
Human Behavior Content (753 or 771 or 685)
  • SOC WRK 753 – Psychopathology for Social Workers
  • SOC WRK 771 – Development of the Family Over the Life Span
  • SOC WRK 685 – Social Gerontology
  • SOC WRK 793 – Advanced Methods of Social Welfare Research
  • SOC WRK 794 – Advanced Research Methods: Evaluating Social Welfare Programs
Social Policy
  • SOC WRK 851 – Social Issue and Policy Analysis: (Subtitled)

Students are limited to a maximum of 6 U/G credits and a maximum of 3 credits in WGS 999. No more than 6 transfer credits may apply.

For more information about the Women’s & Gender Studies Graduate Program contact Gwynne Kennedy.

Gwynne Kennedy, Director of Graduate Studies
Curtin Hall 518
Phone: 414-229-5918

Graduate Student Grievance Procedures

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