Professional Program in

Social Work

Admissions Procedures

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are now being accepted

The MSW program prepares students for advanced practice social work in a variety of fields of practice. The Program offers an Advanced Generalist area of specialized practice with an opportunity to complete an Individualized Area of Emphasis. The program seeks applicants who have demonstrated academic potential for graduate study, readiness and suitability for advanced level social work, and who are able to articulate a commitment to social work and the values of the profession. In addition, the Program seeks applicants with a demonstrated commitment to human services and sensitivity to multi-cultural practice, social justice, and leadership/advocacy. Admission to the MSW Program is competitive and, in order to provide the highest quality education and meet accreditation requirements, the number of students admitted each year is guided by available resources.

Application Process

Applicants must apply to the UW - Green Bay Graduate Studies and the UW - Green Bay MSW Program. The MSW Program admissions committee will only review complete applications so applicants are encouraged to apply early and accurately follow application instructions. Receipt of application materials will be confirmed via the UW - Green Bay Graduate Studies office. The application process includes completion of the following materials:
  • The UW System Graduate School application
  • The UW - Green Bay MSW Program Admission Questionnaire
  • Official Transcripts
  • Professional References
Note: Please allow 2-3 business days for your materials to arrive and the system to be updated.

For more information regarding admissions criteria, please see Admissions Criteria.

Deadline Dates and Timelines

Application Deadline: To be considered for admission to the UW - Green Bay MSW Program, applications must be complete and received by the Graduate Studies no later than December 1.

Depending on the number of applications received and available space in each cohort, we may offer a second application deadline in the spring. If a second application date is warranted, it will be posted on this website.

Admission Decisions: Applications are reviewed by the MSW admissions committee and ranked according to the strength of the information in these areas: capacity for academic success, commitment to social work principles and values, and comments from references.

Admission is offered to students based on the information provided, and in the order their application is ranked. While we make every attempt to honor students’ preference for the full- or part-time cohort, the application review process means that some students may not be offered admission into their preferred cohort due to capacity.

Notifications: Approximately 6-8 weeks after the admission deadline date, students will receive official notification of their admission status, via email, from either the Graduate Studies office or the MSW Program. Following that letter, the MSW Program will send several documents, via email, with important instructions for next steps.

These notifications will include whether students are offered admission into the full- or part-time program, denied admission, or placed on a waiting list. Students placed on the waiting list will be notified by the social work office as openings arise.

Confirmations: Students must confirm their acceptance into the MSW program before they are officially admitted. Therefore, it is important to closely follow any directions that are provided in subsequent email correspondence.

Application Materials and Submission Information:

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are due on December 1, 2018 and must include all of the following materials to be considered for admission.
  • Complete the on-line UW System Graduate School application form: and submit admission fee. On the UW System application, students with a qualifying BSW degree (See Admissions Criteria) should apply for the Summer semester. Students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than social work should apply for the Fall semester.
  • Complete the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program Admission Questionnaire: MSW Admission Questionnaire 2019-2020 (To save file; right click, then “save link as’ or “save target as”.) This form requires Adobe Reader DC which can be downloaded for free at: Email your completed MSW Program Admission Questionnaire to the Graduate Studies office at UW - Green Bay at
  • Identify three individuals who are willing to serve as a reference for you by writing a Letter of Evaluation. The three references you identify should be individuals who can attest to your ability to perform graduate-level/leadership work in Social Work.  Applicants who graduated with an undergraduate degree within seven years of the year of admission to the MSW Program must have an academic reference from an institution of higher education (e.g., professor or advisor).  Applicants who have a BSW and graduated within the past seven years of the year of admission to the MSW Program must have a reference from a Social Work faculty member.  Applicants who graduated with an undergraduate degree more than seven years before the year of admission to the MSW Program are not required to submit an academic reference, but are required to submit at least one employment reference.  Applicants who experience difficulty securing the required academic reference must contact the MSW Program to discuss alternative options.                                                                                                                       Closely follow the directions on the Letter of Evaluation form which requires you to complete the top section before forwarding to your references. (To save file; right click, then “save link as’ or “save target as”.) This form requires Adobe Reader DC which can be downloaded for free at: Letters of Evaluation must be returned directly to the Graduate Studies office at UW - Green Bay at
  • Request official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each previous college or university attended*. Transcripts must be sent directly from these institutions to the UW - Green Bay Graduate Studies office via email or postal mail:
    Graduate Studies
    Cofrin Library 835
    UW - Green Bay
    2420 Nicolet Drive
    Green Bay, WI 54311
    email address:
  • *Note: If you attended UW-Green Bay in the past, you do not need to submit a transcript from UW - Green Bay. If you graduated from UW - Green Bay, you do not need to submit transcripts from any other colleges you attended if that coursework was previously transferred to UW - Green Bay.
For further information, please contact:
Jeanne Berg
Student Status Examiner / Academic Student Advisor
(920) 465-2679 /

Gail Trimberger, MSSW, PhD, LCSW
MSW Program Coordinator
(920) 465-2049 /