University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Professional Programs in
Social Work

The UW-Green Bay MSW Curriculum

Students complete one of four curriculum designs as follows:

Foundation Student

Advanced Student

Full Time

  • Applies to non-BSW applicants or those with a BSW degree that does not meet any of the advanced standing options.*
  • Program completed in 4 semesters and one summer (2 years)
  • Foundation Full Time Program Outline
  • Applies to applicants whose BSW degree meets one of the three advanced standing options.*
  • Program completed in 2 semesters and one summer (1 year)
  • Advanced Full Time Program Outline

Part Time

  • Applies to non-BSW applicants or those with a BSW degree that does not meet any of the advanced standing options.*
  • Program completed in 8 semesters and one summer (4 years)
  • Foundation Part Time Program Outline
  • Applies to applicants whose BSW degree meets one of the three advanced standing options.*
  • Program completed in 4 semesters and one summer (2 years)
  • Advanced Part Time Program Outline

* Applicants may receive Advanced standing status in the MSW Program if they meet one of the three options referenced below.

OPTION ONE: BSW degree from a baccalaureate social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or those recognized by the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service. BSW degree must be obtained within seven years of the year of admission to the UW-Green Bay MSW program.

OPTION TWO: Successful completion of an MSW foundation curriculum at a CSWE-accredited program within seven years of the year of admission to the UW-Green Bay MSW program.

OPTION THREE: Must meet all three of the following criteria:

  1. BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program,
  2. Current Wisconsin Social Work certification (training certificate excluded), and
  3. Post-BSW social work practice experience equivalent to three full-time years (approximately 6,240 hours). Work experience must be obtained within 10 years of the year of admission to the MSW Program.
Applicants are responsible for providing evidence of meeting the criteria in Option Three.

Elective Options

One elective course (3 credits) is required in the Foundation curriculum and two elective courses (6 credits) are required in the Advanced curriculum. A wide range of courses have been approved as electives for students in the UW-Green Bay MSW Program as follows:

Soc Work 701 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Social Work (for BSW Students only) Soc Work 722 Social Work Management & Supervision in the Social Services Soc Work 727 Psychopathology and Strength-Based Assessment Soc Work 735 Emerging Issues in Child Welfare Soc Work 737 Social Work and Crisis Intervention with Vulnerable Populations Soc Work 747 Mental Health Theories Soc Work 757 Treatment and Mistreatment of Offenders Soc Work 777 Legal Aspects of Social Work Practice Soc Work 795 Special Topics Soc Work 798 Independent Study Bus Adm 589 Organizational Behavior Education 552 Social and Family Influences on Early Development and Learning Human Dev 544 Dying, Death and Loss Management 750 Team Leadership PU EN AF 615 Public and Nonprofit Budgeting

Students may also contact the MSW Program Coordinator and request that another elective option that is not on the above list be approved. The request will be approved when the course fits within the Program’s mission and goals and is congruent with the Advanced Generalist concentration. All requested courses must be graduate level in both scope and content. Students may also develop an Independent Study course as an elective. Independent Study courses must be reviewed by the student’s faculty advisor and the MSW Program Coordinator.

Class Schedules and Locations

All classes will be held at UW-Green Bay. Courses will be offered primarily in the evening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. While most Social Work courses will be held in a face-to-face format, there are some offerings of hybrid or fully online courses. Course schedules will be posted on the UW-Green Bay MSW Program website.

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