University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Master of Social Work
Collaborative MSW Program

The MSW Curriculum

Curriculum Design

The MSW Student Handbook provides a detailed description of the purpose and design of the curriculum. Students enter the program and complete one of four curriculum designs:

Registration Status Entry Status

Foundation Student

Advanced Student

Full Time

Part Time

The Foundation Curriculum

The foundation curriculum provides a broad overview of generalist social work practice and requires a two-semester field placement that involves students in direct practice with clients and in opportunities for macro-level practice experiences in administration, community organizing and advocacy.

The Advanced Curriculum

The advanced curriculum provides opportunities to choose a concentration in either advanced direct practice or administration/management. Both course work and the two-semester field placement reflect the student’s choice of one of these areas of concentration.

Advanced Direct Practice:

For students interested in developing advanced intervention skills working with individuals, groups, and families. Work with vulnerable families facing many challenges is emphasized. Students in this concentration are required to:

  1. Select Social Work 721: Multi-Level Family Intervention as their Concentration Practice Course;
  2. Select an Advanced HBSE elective;
  3. Select two additional electives;
  4. Select an advanced direct practice field placement.


For students interested in moving into supervisory and administrative roles, particularly in public and tribal social service settings. Students in this concentration are required to:

  1. Select Social Work 722: Social Work Management and Supervision in Social Services as their Concentration Practice Course. This course will be offered when there is sufficient student interest;
  2. Select an Organizational Behavior course (MANAGMNT 753 at UWGB or MPA 723 at UWO) as an Advanced HBSE elective;
  3. Select a budgeting course (PU EN AF 615 at UWGB or MPA 752 at UWO) as an elective;
  4. Select one additional elective;
  5. Select an administration/management field placement.

For information on specific courses, see graduate course offerings. A listing of required courses is available on UWGB graduate studies catalog UW Oshkosh graduate studies bulletin 2008-2010.
Please access the following link for MSW field information:

Students interested in clinical practice please visit the LCSW credentialing web-page.

Elective Options

Students complete three elective courses (9 credits) as part of the Advanced Curriculum. Students must take at least one Advanced HBSE course as an elective. A wide range of courses have been approved as electives for students in the Collaborative MSW program. View them here.

Students may also petition the MSW Program Coordinator and request that another elective option not on these lists be approved. The MSW Program Coordinator will approve such options when they fit with the program's mission and goals, when they are congruent with the objectives of the concentration curriculum, and when they are graduate level in scope and content.

Students may also develop an Independent Study course as an elective. Independent Study courses must be reviewed by the students’ advisor and the MSW Program Coordinator.

Class Schedules and Locations

  • MSW classes are held in the Appleton area at UW Fox Valley
  • Some courses taught outside the MSW program are available on either the UW Oshkosh or UW Green Bay campuses.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. Student learning outcomes for the UW Green Bay/UW Oshkosh Collaborative MSW Program are available here.

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