The College of Letters and Science and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare located in the College of Community Engagement & Professions collaboratively offer a program designed to provide students with theoretical and practical exposure to evolving professional practice and the field of feminist research and scholarship. Prerequisite to the award of either degree in this program is the simultaneous award of its counterpart degree.


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 MA in Women’s and Gender Studies program in the College of Letters and Science, and the MSW in Social Work of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

Credit and Courses

The MA in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) normally has a minimum requirement of 30 credits from Women's and Gender Studies courses. For the coordinated WGS MA/MSW degree program, however, students can substitute 6 credits in Social Work courses for 6 credits of WGS courses. Similarly, the Social Work master's program will accept 6 credits of WGS course work to satisfy the 6 required elective credits for the MSW degree. Because the MSW degree has a distinction in the number of credits required depending on bachelor's degree type, the total number of credits required to complete the Coordinated WGS/MSW program will range from 52 credits (24 from WGS and 28 from MSW when holding a bachelor's in social work) to 76 credits (24 from WGS and 52 from MSW when a bachelor's degree is from another discipline and needing to complete the Foundation Curriculum in addition to the Advanced Curriculum).

Women’s and Gender Studies

WGS 700Feminist Issues and Scholarship3
WGS 701Feminisms in Global Context3
WGS 710Advanced Feminist Theory3
WGS 711Feminist Epistemologies and Research Practices3
WGS 740Advanced Queer Theory3
Select one G or U/G WGS course 13
Select 6 elective credits in WGS or WGS cross-listed courses (not SOC WRK), in consultation with the WGS Director of Graduate Studies. Of these electives, 3 credits may be thesis credits (WGS 990).6
Total Credits24

Excluding WGS 497, WGS 700, WGS 990, and WGS 999

Total WGS credits: 24 (maximum of 6 U/G cr; and maximum 3 cr of WGS 999)

Master of Social Work

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 I (G)3
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: (Subtitled) (G)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 from Women’s and Gender Studies courses in consultation with faculty advisor
Remaining elective credits for MSW degree selected from Soical Work graduate courses in consultation with MSW advisor7
Total Credits52-54

Minimum Total Credits for Coordinated Program: 52 (for those admitted to the MSW Social Work Advanced Curriculum - Advanced Standing).

For students without a social work baccalaureate or otherwise needing the Foundation Coursework, the total credits will sum to 76.

Additional Requirements

Time Limit

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