Both departments in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare collaboratively offer a program designed to provide students with theoretical and practical exposure to evolving professional practice in the field of criminal justice, or social work with a focus on criminal justice (e.g., corrections, juvenile justice, probation and parole, etc).


Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.


Students are admitted to both graduate programs separately and admission requirements are consistent with those specified by the UWM Graduate School, the MS in Criminal Justice & Criminology and the MSW program in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

Credits and Courses

Students accepted into this MS/MSW program complete the following courses:

Criminal Justice & Criminology
CRM JST 773Criminological Perspectives (G)3
CRM JST 743Proseminar: Administration of Criminal Justice Systems (G)3
CRM JST 756Proseminar: Analysis of Criminal Justice Research (G)3
Select 12 additional credit hours of courses within the criminal justice & criminology program12
Select 12 credit hours of Social Work courses with the consent of the student’s advisor12
Students must complete the requirements of the Essay Option or Non-Essay Option as the degree capstone
Social Work Foundation Curriculum
SOC WRK 604Social Systems and Social Work Practice (U/G)3
SOC WRK 662Methods of Social Welfare Research (U/G)3
SOC WRK 665Cultural Diversity and Social Work (U/G)3
SOC WRK 705Individual Behavior and Social Welfare (G)3
SOC WRK 708Social Work Methods I: Individuals and Families (G)3
SOC WRK 709Social Work Methods II: Groups, Organizations and Communities (G)2
SOC WRK 721Field Instruction I (G)3
SOC WRK 750Social Welfare Policy Development and Implementation (G)2
Social Work Advanced Practice Curriculum
SOC WRK 722Field Instruction II3
SOC WRK 821Field Instruction III4
SOC WRK 822Field Instruction IV 14
Select one of the following options:8
Option 1:
Direct Social Work Practice I
Direct Social Work Practice II: 2
Select one additional practice course
Option 2:
Community Organization, Planning and Human Service Administration I
Human Services Administration II
Select one additional practice course
SOC WRK 793Evaluation of Practice2
SOC WRK 794Evaluation of Programs2
SOC WRK 851Social Issue and Policy Analysis: 22
Select one of the following (depending on area of concentration):3
Social Gerontology
Adult Psychopathology
Development of the Family Over the Life Span
Select 6 credits of electives 36
Total Credits89

The capstone requirement is satisfied by SOC WRK 822.


Requires sections to be selected from within the specialized concentration area.


Electives selected from among successfully completed CJC courses in consultation with faculty advisor. 

Total Credits for Coordinated Degree: 71 (without a BSW) or 49 (with a BSW).

The total credits for the coordinated program would typically be completed in both programs at the same time, rather than one program after the other. Degrees will be awarded simultaneously.

A student not completing the requirements for the coordinated degree program would need to complete all requirements for an individual program in order to receive a degree.

Additional Requirements

Time Limit

Students in the coordinated MS/MSW degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.