Enhance human well-being and promote social and economic justice through the UW–Madison Part-Time Master of Social Work program. This Saturday-only program is ideal for recent graduates of a BSW program or those seeking a new career path or looking to move into a supervisory role.

Is this Program Right for You?

As a student in the UW–Madison Part-Time MSW Program, you will obtain a broad perspective on the causes and solutions to social problems and develop the knowledge, skills and values to practice advanced social work as a professional.


This flexible, commuter-friendly program is designed to offer school-life balance by offering Saturday classes at UW–Madison and UW–Eau Claire.


Graduates become leaders across fields of social work practice and pursue careers in child welfare, school social work, mental health, medical social work, administration, child and family practice, and policy development, among many other fields.


As a national leader in social work education, the School of Social Work offers a renowned field education program that parallels coursework and direct practice. The hands-on field internship, a hallmark of social work education, will deepen your knowledge of social work under the guidance of experienced professional social workers. In addition, coursework may fulfill Wisconsin or Minnesota social work licensure requirements.


The Part-Time Master of Social Work program can also benefit you by offering small class sizes and a strong commitment to high-quality academic advising.


What You Learn

  • Develop professional skills and knowledge to address multi-level social problems
  • Obtain advanced knowledge with a focus on aging, child, youth, and family welfare, health, or mental health
  • Gain hands-on, practical experience in a field placement in a social work agency
  • Demonstrate respect and appreciation for diversity and humane social policies
  • Apply skills that promote the advancement of human rights and social and economic justice
  • Acquire effective leadership skills for the profession of social work

Where & How You Learn


  • Classes meet on Saturday
  • Students can attend classes at UW–Madison or UW–Eau Claire
  • Field placement may be in your home community
  • Classes begin at 9 am to allow time to commute


  • A two-year, 23-credit program is available to recent social work bachelor’s (BSW) graduates, and a four-year, 49-credit program is offered to those who are seeking a new career path or have a BSW degree older than five years
  • Learn from the shared experiences of fellow students with the program’s cohort model
  • Draw on faculty expertise and top-notch advising to guide you
  • Gain practical experience through fieldwork

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All applicants must:

  • Have completed 30 undergraduate credits of social science courses, such as those in American government, anthropology, behavioral disabilities, economics, human development, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, and gender and women’s studies
  • Have taken an approved statistics course within five years from the academic year of graduation to the academic year of enrollment with a grade of C or better. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered for admission to the program, but must complete an approved statistics course

Applications for fall enrollment are accepted on a rolling basis and are due by May 1 for the two-year program (those with BSWs) and June 1 for the four-year program.


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