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Specialties and Graduate Certificates


The MSW program offers opportunities to specialize in areas beyond the concentrations and methods areas described elsewhere. Some specializations allow students to meet State of Wisconsin required coursework for certification or licensure by the State of Wisconsin in the specialty area, and others are UWM-granted Graduate Certificates that complement the MSW degree.

Educational Requirements for State of Wisconsin Credentials


School Social Work

In order to provide social work services in a Wisconsin public school system, individuals must be licensed by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The requirements for licensure are established by DPI. At UWM, the Department of Social Work in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare is an approved program. UWM School of Education works with us and is responsible for verifying material and transmitting the application for licensure to DPI. UW-Madison is the only other graduate program in the state that offers a school social work certificate program. Additionally, graduates with an MSW can take the new DPI requirements for school social work certification as graduate, special students. More ...


Substance Abuse Certification (SAC)

Certification of Substance Abuse Counselors is granted by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, not the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. However those MSW students who are interested in Substance Abuse Counselor certification are able to meet DRL’s pre-certification educational requirements by enrolling in the Behavioral Health Concentration and successfully completing a specific list of required courses. More ...

UWM Graduate Certificate Programs


Certificate in Trauma Informed Care

The Graduate Certificate in Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is designed to provide students with knowledge to implement trauma-informed policy, supervision, and intervention within professional settings. The program is relevant across an array of professional settings including child welfare agencies, substance abuse treatment centers, outpatient mental health clinics, and community-based clinics. More ...


Certificate in Applied Gerontology

In conjunction with the Center for Aging and Translational Research and the UWM Graduate School, we offer a certificate in Applied Gerontology. Gerontology is an expanding area for social workers at all levels of practice. The certificate builds on the requirements of the gerontology concentration and includes additional, inter-disciplinary coursework. We have also just piloted a field program in gerontology that exposes students with interest in aging services to multiple agencies and types of services. More ...


Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Partnering with the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management, we offer social work students the option of additional coursework for a certificate in nonprofit management. This certificate builds on our requirements in “macro” methods (community and organizational practice) and is for graduate students primarily interested in organizational leadership and management roles. More ...


Certificate in Women’s Studies

The Graduate Certificate program in Women’s Studies is designed for students enrolled in a graduate program in any field who wish to complement their training with an additional specialization in Women’s Studies. More ...