The Part-Time Master of Social Work Program (MSW)


Classes located in Madison or Eau Claire

Classes are held only on Saturdays and start at 9am.

Applications will be available for the 2018-2019 academic year in fall 2017. Please watch our website for updates on application information.


In the meantime, visit the Contact Us page for information on how to get in touch with us or visit the Part-Time Program Frequently Asked Questions to find out answers to common questions.


You may also have an advisor contact you to speak further about how the program can help you to meet your goals. Please Request More Information About the Program, fill out your contact information, and one of our advisors will be in touch soon.


Program Overview

Part-Time Students and Field Placements in WI, MN and IL, 2012-2013

The UW-Madison School of Social Work has a national reputation for excellence among schools of social work, and of course, the University itself is known world-wide.


The School's program of study challenges students to acquire social work knowledge, skills, and values, to provide leadership to the profession, and to become dedicated social work practitioners who work to improve social conditions and promote social justice. The MSW Program offers a social problem and social issues focus to the education and preparation of students as advanced practitioners and leaders across fields of social work practice.


Courses in the Part-Time MSW Program are offered at two sites: the UW-Madison campus and the UW-Eau Claire campus. Students select a site based on their proximity to each campus, personal connections to either community and/or the best alternative for their commute.


The Part-Time MSW Program is designed to allow students who are not able to pursue full-time study to work towards a master's degree on a structured, time-extended basis. Classes are held only on Saturdays and start at 9 AM.



Why Choose the Part-Time MSW Program at UW- Madison?


  • Courses offered on Saturdays, beginning at 9:00 am, in Eau Claire and Madison

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  • Field work options may include place of employment
  • Advanced Standing available
  • Exemption Exams for Generalist Practice courses available
  • Focus areas in Aging; Child, Youth, and Family Welfare; Health; and Mental Health
  • Financial Aid Resources available
  • State-of-the-art interview practice and videoconference rooms

Generalist and Advanced Standing options are offered. Students must meet the usual School of Social Work admission requirements.


Student Perspectives

Learn why currently enrolled students find the Part-Time MSW Program valuable by viewing these videos on YouTube.


Program Prerequisites

The following are eligibility requirements for admission to the Master’s program:

  • 30 credits of Social Science courses completed, such as courses in American government, anthropology, behavioral disabilities, economics, human development, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, and gender and women's studies. Applicants who do not meet this criterion cannot be considered for admission.
  • An approved statistics course taken within five years from academic year of graduation to the academic year of enrollment in the Part-Time Program, with a grade of C or better. Applicants who have not completed an approved course may be considered for admission to the MSW Program, but must complete an approved stats course. The academic advisors can assist with ideas on how to meet this requirement.


Plans of Study

Generalist Foundation Years

Students without a recent Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree complete the program in four years including some months each summer. The first two years are the Generalist Foundation years, followed by two years in the Advanced Generalist Specialization.


Click on the thumbnail image below to view details on the curriculum.

Generalist Foundation, 2-year plan of study


Advanced Generalist Specialization Years

Students with a recent BSW complete the program in two years in the Advanced Generalist Specialization, generally beginning the Program in the summer semester. If all studies are completed per Program schedule, students will graduate in May of their final year. All Advanced Generalist Specialization students must choose a focus area.


Focus areas include:

  • Aging NEW
  • Child, Youth and Family Welfare
  • Health NEW
  • Mental Health


Click on the thumbnail images below to view details on each curriculum guide.

 Focus on Child, Youth, and Family Welfare, 2-year plan of study

Focus on Mental Health, 2-year plan of study

Focus on Health or Aging, 2-year plan of study


Note: You must select only one focus area when choosing your plan of study in your Advanced Generalist Specialization.


Please contact an academic advisor for more information on each curriculum guide.



Tuition and Fees

Part-Time students at both campuses pay UW-Madison graduate tuition and segregated fees, a $125.00 Part-Time Program term fee in fall and spring semesters, and a $110.00 lab fee for each semester in field.


Select the image at the right to view sample part-time tuition and fees by semester.


Visit the Registrar's Office page on Tuition & Fees for details. Select "Graduate" as your Student Career when looking at the Tuition & Fee chart.


There are two important policies we would like to briefly summarize for students in the Part-Time MSW Program:

  • Graduate Assistantship Policy: Students enrolled in this program are not permitted to accept teaching assistantships, project assistantships, research assistantships, or other appointments that would result in a tuition waiver.
  • Program/Course Enrollment Policy: Students in this program cannot enroll in other graduate programs nor take courses outside the prescribed curriculum. If you intend to combine study in this program with study in other academic programs at UW-Madison please consult with an advisor who can assist you in transferring to a different program(s) that allow such activity.


Financial Aid

All students attending classes on either the UW-Madison or UW-Eau Claire campuses that are interested in applying for financial aid must contact the UW-Madison financial aid office.


The School of Social Work offers a number of Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships. Part-Time students in Child, Youth, and Family Welfare are also encouraged to apply for Public Child Welfare Training funding once they have been accepted.


Returning Adult Student Scholarships, Financial Assistance information can be found through the UW-Madison Continuing Studies Adult & Student Services Center.

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