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 advisor
Students must complete the requirements of the Essay Option or Non-Essay Option as the degree capstone
Social Work Foundation Curriculum (required before the Advanced Curriculum for students without a bachelor's degree in social work)
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)3
SOC WRK 721Field Instruction I (G)3
SOC WRK 750Social Welfare Policy Development and Implementation (G)3
Social Work Advanced Practice Curriculum
Required Core Courses
SOC WRK 711Direct Social Work Practice I3
SOC WRK 712Advanced Practice and Leadership in Organizations and Communities3
SOC WRK 795Evaluation of Social Work Practice and Programs3
SOC WRK 851Social Issue and Policy Analysis:3
Required Field Placement Courses
SOC WRK 722Field Instruction II3
SOC WRK 821Field Instruction III3-4
SOC WRK 822Field Instruction IV3-4
Select 6 credits of electives from CJC courses in consultation with advisor
Remaining elective credits for MSW degree selected from Social Work graduate courses in consultation with MSW advisor7
Total Credits73-75

Total Credits for Coordinated Degree: 73 (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.