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Contact Information

Sarah Hessenauer
MSW Program Coordinator &  Professor
Phone: 262-472-1203
Location: Laurentide Hall 5201
Deanna Guthrie
BSW Program Coordinator & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-1881
Location: Laurentide Hall 5205
Susan Morris
Academic Department Associate 
Phone: 262-472-1137
Location: Laurentide Hall 5201

MSW Frequently Asked Questions


We are currently not yet accepting MSW applications for fall 2022.  The priority deadline for summer/fall 2022 admission is December 1, 2021.  The final deadline to apply is January 11, 2022.

You need to submit all of your required material to the graduate program here.

We only accept applicants for admittance in the summer/fall semester.

No, the GRE is not required to apply to our MSW program. 

Instead, once you've completed the online graduate school application, you need to send your resume and personal statement to Sarah Hessenauer.

  • Email:
  • Mail: Sarah Hessenauer, 5201 Laurentide Hall, 800 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

You need three letters of recommendation. References need to be from 1) An instructor (if you graduated within two years, otherwise you can use another professional reference), 2) A personal reference, and 3) A professional reference.  

You will need to send your references a form to complete.

Decisions for fall 2021 will be made by March 15, 2021.

Applicants will need to inform the program by April 1 if they plan to enroll in the program.

We will have a waiting list for admissions. Applicants will have to inform the program by April 1 if they will be attending our program. After that date, we will email individuals who are on the waiting list.

We have an advanced generalist specialization.  We do have emphasis areas including mental health, addictions, school social work, military and  physical disabilities.  Students are encouraged to create an emphasis that supports their future goals.  


Yes. The program will accept individuals having a degree from an accredited college other than social work. In these cases, you are considered to be in the non-advanced standing/traditional program. You will be required to complete 58 credits to graduate with a Masters in Social Work.

A program goal is to offer a flexible scheduling in order to accommodate working students. In the first year of the program, the majority of our courses will be face-to-face. We do plan on offering some evening courses. In addition, the majority of the courses will meet one day a week. At this time, we cannot guarantee any online courses.

Our graduate school policy is that the program can accept up to 12 transfer credits. These credits must be obtained from a CSWE accredited social work program.