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Master of Social Work Part-Time Program Application
Complete and submit an online application to the UW-Madison Graduate School found at: https://www.gradsch.wisc.edu/eapp/eapp.pl.
UW-Madison site applicants should select “Social Work MSW - Part-Time MSW, Madison” as their intended major.
UW-Eau Claire site applicants should select “Social Work MSW - Part-Time MSW, Eau Claire” as their intended major.
NOTE: The Funding Form that is part of the on-line Graduate School application is not reviewed for School of Social Work financial aid opportunities. To be considered for School of Social Work scholarships/fellowships you must fill out the applications found on the Scholarships, Awards, and Fellowships page.
Essay on Reasons for Graduate Study in Social Work
The Admissions Committee is very interested in the applicant's reasons for pursuing graduate study in Social Work. In no more than 4 pages (double spaced, 12 pt font), please discuss:
- Why you want to pursue a career in Social Work?
- Why you are choosing the Part-Time M.S.W. Program (Madison site or Eau Claire site) to pursue your graduate education?
- What do you view as barriers to entering the M.S.W. program and what are your plans for overcoming them?
- How will the M.S.W. degree further your career goals?
- After finishing your statement, convert it to a PDF and upload it to the on-line Graduate School application: https://www.gradsch.wisc.edu/eapp/eapp.pl
Three letters of recommendation are required.
Letters should be from people who can assess your ability to do graduate level work and potential for advanced professional social work practice. In addition, letters should be from:
- An employer/supervisor with a work-related recommendation who can assess the applicant’s potential to do graduate study is required for those who have recent human service experience (paid or volunteer).
- An Academic Instructor: If you are a current graduate student, an undergraduate student, or an applicant who has graduated within the past 3 years, you MUST obtain at least one letter from an academic instructor. An academic letter of recommendation should come from a faculty member who has graded the applicant’s academic work and who can assess the applicant’s potential to do graduate study. Letters from TAs should be co-signed by the faculty of record for the course.
- Do not send generic reference letters from university/college placement offices.
Keep in mind that persons writing letters of recommendation need adequate time to write a recommendation letter and submit it electronically. Late letters mean the application is incomplete and will not be considered.
Applications that have letters from friends, family members, co-workers, or others such as counselors or clergy are not acceptable. If such letters are submitted the application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
List the names and email addresses of your references on the Graduate School’s on-line application. The Graduate School will email each recommender requesting an electronic letter of recommendation from them. That email will include your name and a link to the electronic recommendation form recommenders are to use.
To lessen delays in the receipt of letters of recommendation, insure that you:
- Check the "Email Request" box for each recommender you wish to notify.
- Return to your application at any time to correct a recommender's email address or send email recommendation reminders
After you have submitted your Graduate School application, you and the School of Social Work can view receipt of your recommendations through the on-line status system. Be sure to use this on-line feature to confirm that your letters have been submitted by the application deadline.
Exemptions and Advanced Standing
After admissions decisions are made, Advanced Standing is determined. Please do not send course syllabi or other supporting material until requested. BSW applicants or non-majors who have completed certain undergraduate social work courses at CSWE accredited social work programs are eligible for advanced standing exempting out of up to the entire first two years of the part-time MSW program.
As a part of the Supplemental Application, you will be asked to upload a copy (image or PDF) of your transcript. This is required of all applicants. You must upload both the front and back pages of the transcript if you are scanning it in. If your institution offers an unofficial transcript that is downloaded off the web and there is no "backside", please upload whatever you are provided.
PLEASE NOTE: Undergraduates and/or Graduates currently in school should upload transcripts that reflect Fall Semester grades.
An official transcript will only be requested if you are accepted into the MSW Program.
Applicants who have not yet graduated are conditionally accepted pending a final transcript review documenting grades and degree.
FOR U.S. RESIDENTS: One official transcripts from each undergraduate or graduate school attended is required (including any transcripts from UW-Madison).
FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: International students are not eligible to participate in the Part-Time Program. The University requires International students to be full-time students.
TRANSCRIPT MAILING ADDRESS for Official Transcripts, ONLY upon request:
Part-Time M.S.W. Program Admissions Office
School of Social Work
1350 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706
Supplemental (Social Work) Application
On the Supplemental Application of the Graduate School application, applicants should select that they are applying to the Part-Time MSW Program. You are encouraged to begin working on your Supplemental Application as soon as possible, but do not submit the Supplemental Application until you have uploaded your transcript. This form is found at: https://www.gradsch.wisc.edu/eapp/eapp.pl
How to check on the status of your application:
You can check the status of your application through MyUW. Please reference the Graduate School email you receive after your application has been submitted for detailed information. If you are new to My UW, please click on "Activate my NetID". You will be asked to enter your date of birth and your Campus ID Number.
NOTE: The status check may not be available from 2:00-3:00am US Central time due to daily updates.
Thank you for your interest in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work.
We look forward to working with you!