University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Master of Social Work
Collaborative MSW Program

Collaborative MSW Program
Information Updates

(Posted July 29th, 2014)

The UW-Green Bay/Oshkosh Collaborative MSW Program will end in July of 2015. Please contact individual campuses for further details:

UW-Green Bay MSW Program: Admissions Notice

UW-Oshkosh MSW Program:


(Posted March 28th, 2014)

On February 7, 2014, the UW System Board of Regents approved the dissolution of the Collaborative MSW Program and authorized the implementation of independent MSW Programs at UW Green Bay and UW Oshkosh. Collaborative students were made aware of this on February 14, 2014 via a memo that can be accessed here.


Reminder notice: Applications for admission to the Collaborative MSW Program for academic year 2014-15 must be received by January 17, 2014. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a space available basis.
Applications for the Collaborative MSW Program for 2014-15 are now available here.

If you are seeking information about admission to the Collaborative MSW Program, please directly contact the campus(es) to which you intend to apply:

UW Green Bay Inquiries: UW Oshkosh Inquiries:
Dr. Doreen Higgins
Collaborative MSW Program Coordinator
(920) 465-2567/ or
Jeanne Berg
Student Status Examiner
(920) 465-2679/
Dr. Fredi Giesler
Chair of Social Work
(920) 424-0278/ or
UW Oshkosh Graduate Studies Office
(920) 424-1223

Collaborative MSW Program
Information Update

Due to the substantial growth in the UW Green Bay/Oshkosh Collaborative MSW Program since its inception in 2003, discussions are underway to offer independent MSW Programs at both the UW Oshkosh and UW Green Bay campuses possibly beginning in the fall of 2015. This decision is supported by university administration at both institutions. Final approval from the UW System Board of Regents and from the Higher Learning Commission is pending. While these developments are underway, students can be assured that the Collaborative MSW Program will retain its accreditation status granted by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), as each campus seeks initial accreditation for an independent MSW Program.

We are committed to keeping students and our community partners informed of decisions and developments as they occur. Updates will be posted on the Collaborative MSW Program website and disseminated via other means as appropriate. Students who are currently enrolled in and admitted to the Collaborative MSW Program can be assured they will remain the number one priority as this effort progresses.

Should you have specific questions about the development of the UW Green Bay and UW Oshkosh MSW Programs, please feel free to contact:

Gail Trimberger
Interim Chair of Social Work at UW Green Bay
(920) 465-2868/


Dr. Fredi Giesler
Chair of Social Work at UW Oshkosh
(920) 424-0278/

In preparation for the independent programs, prospective students applying for admission to the Collaborative MSW Program for Fall 2014 will have the opportunity to apply directly to either UW Oshkosh or UW Green Bay, or both. Specific admissions information will be available on each campus in October.


For Future Students

The Collaborative MSW Program became a reality in Fall 2003 with the admission of the first class of students. A joint venture of the UW Green Bay Social Work Professional Program and UW Oshkosh Department of Social Work, the Collaborative MSW Program prepares social workers for leadership in careers of Direct Practice or Administration/Management

The Collaborative MSW Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The program's mission statement embodies six major program themes, which permeate content in the advanced concentrations in advanced direct practice and administration and management. This mission reflects the unique needs of social work practitioners and clients in the region, the broad mission of the social work profession, and the academic standards for graduate education established by CSWE.

The program's goal is to educate professionals ready to assume administrative and direct practice leadership roles within this region's increasingly diverse and transforming rural and metropolitan environments. The MSW Program Competencies (Advanced Competencies and Foundation Competencies) provide a structure for the curriculum and guidance for student learning in the classroom and in the field.

About 80 percent of program graduates are hired in Wisconsin in the social work field within three months of graduation. Many are hired at their field practicum agencies. Others remain with the agencies that employed them during their graduate studies, where they are better prepared for promotions upon graduation.


  • Applications are available on our website in November and are due the following January.
  • Applications are reviewed once a year, and students are admitted in early spring to begin classes during the subsequent fall semester. (See Admissions Procedures for details of admissions policies and procedures.)
  • Half of the students admitted to the Program each year have undergraduate degrees in fields other than social work.
  • Students can complete the Collaborative MSW Program on a part-time (two or four year) or full time (one or two year) basis. Students who have earned BSW degrees within the last eight years take less time to complete the program. (See the MSW Curriculum for details of each of these programs.)
  • Field internships are a major part of the MSW curriculum. During semesters when students are in their field placements, students must spend 16 hours a week in their field placement setting.
    Please access the following link for current Collaborative MSW field forms:

For more information regarding admissions criteria, click here.

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