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 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.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE CONSIDERING APPLYING TO THE COLLABORATIVE MSW PROGRAM
- 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. (See MSW Field Education for further information on field placements.) During semesters when students are in their field placements, students must spend 16 hours a week in their field placement setting.
For further information, contact:
ORDoreen Higgins, Ph.D.
MSW Program Coordinator
Please refer to Admissions Procedures for more detailed information about criteria for admissions and steps to be taken to apply to the program.