Welcome to The School of Social Work

The School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will offer new graduate options to prepare social workers to meet the unique needs of aging adults and their families.


The coursework will be offered in fall 2016 through the Part-Time Master of Social Work (MSW) Program, a time-extended option that holds classes on Saturdays in Eau Claire and Madison.


The curriculum changes are designed to meet the rapidly increasing need for social workers in medical and geriatric social work. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 19% growth in the field of healthcare social work from 2014-2022...

Jackie Jackson, MSSW '78, is retiring after 32.5 years of helping young students as an elementary school social worker in Beloit.


Despite the increase in challenges students faced, she also saw corresponding increases in generosity, love and courage.


Read the full story from the Beloit Daily News

A number of UW-Madison School of Social Work doctoral students and faculty will present research at the annual Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference in January.


This year’s conference takes place Jan. 14-18 in Washington, D.C. With a focus on “Grand Challenges for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda for the Future,” the conference provides a variety of presentations and workshops on topics that are vital to contemporary social work research.


Additionally, awards will be presented to several School of Social Work faculty members. Professor Jan Greenberg will be honored as a SSWR Fellow for his individual accomplishments, leadership and contribution to SSWR as a scientific society. Professors Stephanie Robert and Lawrence Berger will be presented with fellowships in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare for their dedication to achieving excellence in the field of social work through high-impact work that advances social good.


See the schedule below for highlights from School of Social Work...

When MSW student Katie Nachman viewed a viral video on Facebook showing little girls upset with the color of their doll's skin, she knew she had to take a stand. Her statement resonated with millions and hit national news.


"I was hoping other white people would see it and realize that talking about and exposing your children to race is something you have to purposefully do," Nachman says. "Parents will often teach kids that all races are equal and we should love everybody, which is great in theory. But that's not enough."


Taking her activism a step further, Katie is now petitioning for American Girl to name their first African American Girl of the Year doll.


Read the coverage by NBC News and Upworthy.

The School of Social Work is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015-2016 scholarships and awards competition. Thanks to the generous gifts of alumni and friends of the School of Social Work, five new scholarships were awarded this year. Each awardee is selected after a committee of faculty and staff undertake a rigorous review process, resulting in the selection of the following highly qualified candidates:


Alumni & Friends of the School of Social Work Scholarship - Molly Jones, Clara Kincaid, Elizabeth Lupo, Jenna Roberg, and Samantha Wall


Kathryn Becker Norman Scholarship - Ericka Wild


Debra Beebe Scholarship - Katie Duggleby, Cedarose Keeley, and Brook Klemp






  1. PTP Winter Keynote: Grief in the Workplace, with Betty Kramer, Professor, Associate Director and Director of the Part-Time MSW Program, UW Madison School of Social Work

February 9

  1. Resume Writing
  2. IRP New Perspectives in Social Policy Seminar Series: Markets and the Poor, with Arthur C. Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute, and Timothy M. Smeeding, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, UW-Madison
  3. Career Fair Prep & Resume Feedback

Part-Time Program

Child Welfare at the School of Social Work

Field Education

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