Part-Time Master of Social Work Program (MSW)

CLASSES LOCATED IN MADISON OR EAU CLAIRE

Part-Time MSW Program applications will be available for the 2020-2021 academic year beginning on September 3rd, 2019.

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

Are you a prospective MSW student and would like to meet with an advisor? Sign up for a Group Information Session!

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 Frequently Asked Questions to discover answers to common questions.

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 video conference 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.

Beginning in Summer 2020, newly admitted Part-Time students at both campuses will pay $800 per credit tuition, 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.

PTP Generalist Plan of Study

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.

Available for new applicants at the Madison site only. For students without a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, the focus of the curriculum for the first two years of study in the Part-Time MSW Program is on Generalist Practice.

The first two years’ curriculum is generalist and direct practice in orientation. It is designed to provide you with foundational social work knowledge, values and skills and to prepare you for the Advanced Generalist Specialization.

GENERALIST PRACTICE PLAN OF STUDY

PTP Generalist Plan of Study

In a broad social justice framework, advanced practice (students continuing from the Generalist years) or advanced standing (students entering the Program with a recent BSW) MSW students complete a generalist advanced practice specialization in one of three social problem focus areas. Students may also choose to have no focus area.

Aging & Health

Children, Youth, and Family Welfare

Mental Health

Given the substantial overlap in curriculum, students may choose to combine Aging and Health into a joint focus area, or choose to focus on one area. The Aging, Health, and Joint Aging and Health focus areas are only available at the Madison site.

Aging Focus Area

The Aging focus area prepares students to work successfully in a variety of settings that tackle the unique and intersecting issues related to aging.

All students in this focus area learn advanced practice skills in brokering, care/case management, assessment, and interdisciplinary teamwork. They develop knowledge and skills around cutting-edge social work topics such as consumer-directed care, consumer-centered assessment, and end-of-life care.

Students also learn about current services and policies related to aging and critically examine opportunities for policy and program improvements. Students who graduate with this focus area are well-trained to take professional positions in a variety of settings from community-based service programs and organizations, to hospitals and residential facilities, to policy positions at the state and national level. Students may specialize in one or both of these areas by:

  1. participating in field units devoted to this area of specialization (aging placement)
  2. choosing among specialized advanced practice electives within the focus area (e.g., Social Work Practice in Health Care, Social Work and Issues in Developmental Disabilities, or Grief, Death, Loss, and Life).

Health Focus Area

The Health focus area prepares students to work successfully in a variety of settings that tackle the unique and intersecting issues related to health. All students in this focus area learn advanced practice skills in brokering, care/case management, assessment, and interdisciplinary teamwork. They develop knowledge and skills around cutting-edge social work topics such as consumer-directed care, consumer-centered assessment, and end-of-life care.

Students also learn about current services and policies related to health and critically examine opportunities for policy and program improvements. Students who graduate with this focus area are well-trained to take professional positions in a variety of settings from community-based service programs and organizations, to hospitals and nursing homes, to policy positions at the state and national level. Students may specialize in one or both of these areas by:

  1. participating in field units devoted to health;
  2. choosing among specialized advanced practice electives within the focus area (e.g., Social Work Practice in Aging and Mental Health, Social Work and Issues in Developmental Disabilities, or Grief, Death, Loss, and Life).

Focus Area Chair

Tracy Schroepfer, MSW, PhD

Plan of Study

Health & Aging Plan of Study

Child, Youth, and Family Welfare Focus Area

The Child, Youth, and Family Welfare focus area in the Part-Time MSW Program is intended for students with an interest in school social work, child welfare, or advanced generalist social work practice with children, youth, and families in other contexts and systems (e.g., juvenile justice, community-based services). The focus area exposes students to the policies and practice philosophies of multiple service systems, the ways in which these varied systems intersect, and models of coordinated service delivery for families involved in multiple systems. Students are exposed to innovative prevention and intervention strategies designed to reduce risk and promote resilience in children, youth, and families from diverse backgrounds and family structures.

Focus Area Chair

Ellen Smith, MSSW

Plan of Study

CYFW Plan of Study

Mental Health Focus Area

The Mental Health focus area in the Part-Time MSW Program prepares social workers for advanced practice roles in community mental health and substance abuse services organizations, particularly those that address the needs of the most marginalized, oppressed, and disadvantaged members of our communities. A recovery orientation, consumer empowerment, and cultural competence are woven into the mental health focus area curriculum.

Although the focus area embraces a life course perspective, it primarily focuses on clinical social work practice with children, youth, and adults who are living with, or at risk for, serious mental health and substance abuse problems. Students must become familiar with conceptual and theoretical frameworks for understanding the nature, etiology, course, and consequences of major mental disorders, and both evidence-based and emerging models of clinical social work practice. Effective social work practice also requires an understanding of how social policies and mental health and substance abuse funding streams affect service delivery systems and consumers of service and their families, particularly members of marginalized, oppressed and underserved populations.

Focus Area Chairs

Tally Moses, MSW, PhD
Angela Willits, MSW, LCSW

Plan of Study

Mental Health Plan of Study

The Part-Time MSW Program (PTP) follows a different schedule than the UW-Madison academic calendar. All classes are in person on Saturdays unless otherwise listed.

FALL 2019

Labor Day                                                                      September 2

First Day of PTP Classes                                            September 7

Thanksgiving Weekend off                                       November 30

Last Day of PTP Classes                                            December 14

SPRING 2020

First Day of PTP Classes                                           January 25

PTP Spring Break Weekend off                               March 14

Last Day of PTP Classes                                            May 2

 

SUMMER 2020

(dates subject to change)

SW 650 Research Methods (online)                        May 26 – July 26             

SW 673 Statistics (in person Tues. & Thurs.)        May 26 – July 23

SW 710 Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice in SW   May 30 – July 18 (off July 4)

SW 612 Psychopathology (online)                           June 22 – August 16

SW 800 Field *cont. into fall semester                  August 1 – August 22

SW 861 School SW *cont. into fall semester (online)  July 27 – August 23

 

FALL 2020

First Day of PTP Classes                                            September 5

Labor Day  (Monday)                                                  September 7

Thanksgiving Weekend off                                        November 28

Last Day of PTP Classes                                              December 12

Spotlights of Students, Faculty, and Staff

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  • Part-Time MSW Program Student Spotlight: Ashley Osteen

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