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

Classes located in Madison or Eau Claire

The Part-Time MSW Program is currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Classes are held only on Saturdays and start at 9 AM. Visit the MSW Application Page for information on how to apply.


An academic advisor is happy to contact you! Please Request More Information About the Program, fill out your contact information, and one of our advisors will be in touch soon. We also invite you to visit the Part-Time Program Frequently Asked Questions to discover answers to common questions. Visit our Contact Us page to learn how to get in touch with School of Social Work administrators, program staff, and advisors.


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.


Our Part-Time MSW Program is 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.



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 Child, Youth, and Family Welfare (CYFW) and Mental Health (MH)
  • 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.


MSW 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 seven years from date of graduation 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.


Advanced Generalist Focus Areas Plans of Study

It is not possible to focus in more than one area.

Students with a recent BSW complete the program in 2 academic years, including one month in the summer.


Students without a BSW complete the program in 4 years including some summers.


Tuition and Fees

Part-Time students at both campuses pay UW-Madison graduate tuition and fees and a per course Part-Time Program fee. The chart below lists the most recent tuition rates.

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


Fall 2013 Fee Schedule - Graduate Students' Tuition & Fees


Resident Non Resident Minnesota *Segregated
1 $789.75 $1622.68 $1057.28 $119.28
2 $1523.90 $3189.76 $2058.96 $182.96
3 $2258.05 $4756.84 $3060.64 $246.64
4 $2992.20 $6323.92 $4062.32 $310.32
5 $3726.35 $7891.00 $5064.00 $374.00
6 $4460.50 $9458.08 $6065.68 $437.68
7 $5194.65 $11025.16 $7067.36 $501.36
8+ $5928.80 $12592.24 $8069.04 $565.04


*Note: Segregated fees are included in the Resident, Nonresident, and Minnesota figures.

A Part-Time Program fee of $50.00 per course will also be assessed.


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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