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.

Credit and Courses

Students accepted into this MA/MSW program complete the following courses:

Women’s and Gender Studies

WGS 700Feminist Issues and Scholarship (G)3
WGS 701Transnational Feminisms (G)3
WGS 710Advanced Feminist Theory (G)3
WGS 711Feminist Epistemologies and Research Practices (G)3
Select one G or U/G WGS course 13
Select 9 credits in WGS courses or WGS cross-listed courses (not Soc Wrk), selected in consultation with WGS Director of Graduate Studies.9
Total Credits24

Total WGS credits: 24 (maximum of 6 U/G cr; and maximum 3 cr of WGS 999)

Master of Social Work

Social Work Foundation Curriculum
SOC WRK 604Social Systems and Social Work Practice (U/G)3
SOC WRK 662Methods of Social Welfare Research (U/G)3
SOC WRK 665Cultural Diversity and Social Work (U/G)3
SOC WRK 705Individual Behavior and Social Welfare (G)3
SOC WRK 708Social Work Methods I: Individuals and Families (G)3
SOC WRK 709Social Work Methods II: Groups, Organizations and Communities (G)2
SOC WRK 721Field Instruction I (G)3
SOC WRK 750Social Welfare Policy Development and Implementation (G)2
Social Work Advanced Practice Curriculum
SOC WRK 711Direct Social Work Practice I (G)3
or SOC WRK 713 Community Organization, Planning and Human Service Administration I
SOC WRK 811Direct Social Work Practice II: (Subtitled) (G)3
or SOC WRK 915 Human Services Administration II
Select one additional Social Work practice course2
SOC WRK 722Field Instruction II (G)3
SOC WRK 821Field Instruction III (G)4
SOC WRK 822Field Instruction IV (G)4
Human Behavior Content
Select one of the following:3
Social Gerontology (U/G)
Adult Psychopathology (G)
Development of the Family Over the Life Span (G)
SOC WRK 793Evaluation of Practice (G)2
SOC WRK 794Evaluation of Programs (G)2
Social Policy
SOC WRK 851Social Issue and Policy Analysis: (Subtitled) (G)2-3
Select 6 credits from Women’s and Gender Studies courses in consultation with faculty advisor6
Total Credits56-57

Minimum Total Credits for Coordinated Program: 52 (for those admitted to the MSW Social Work Advanced Curriculum).

Program Requirements

Time Limit

Students in the coordinated MA/MSW degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.

For more information about the Women’s & Gender Studies Graduate program contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Gwynne Kennedy
Director of Graduate Studies
Curtin Hall 526

Graduate Student Grievance Procedures

UWM policy requires programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. The following link serves as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.