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

Part-Time MSW Program Graduates

Part-Time MSW Program Graduates

Classes located in Madison or Eau Claire

The Part-Time MSW Program is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Visit the MSW Application Page for information on how to apply.

To request more information about the Part-Time Program, fill out your contact information and we will be in touch.

We also invite you to visit the Part-Time Program Frequently Asked Questions to discover answers to common questions. 

Program Overview

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.

*Please note that admission to the Eau Claire site will be limited to those who qualify for full Advanced Standing in our program; that is, to applicants who are currently pursuing or hold a BSW from a CSWE accredited institution and who are eligible for exemptions for all program prerequisites and the majority of generalist courses. The Madison site will continue to admit applicants into both the Generalist and Advanced tracks.

Why Choose the Part-Time MSW Program at UW- Madison?
  • Courses offered on Saturdays, beginning at 9:00 am, in Eau Claire and Madison
  • Field placement may be offered in your home community 
  • 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.


Time in Program

The length of the graduate program will vary according to the student’s prior preparation and the number of credits completed each semester. Typically, for students without a BSW, completion of the Part-Time MSW Program requires four years of study. For students who do have a BSW and meet criteria, minimum time for completion of the Part-Time MSW program is two years of study if admitted with complete advanced standing.

Student Perspectives

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

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 and Scholarships. 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.