Coordinated Degree: Master of Arts (MA) in Women's Studies / Master of Social Work (MSW)

MSW program requirements

The College of Letters and Sciences and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare 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.

Students in the coordinated Women's Studies MA/MSW degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years, in compliance with Graduate School policy.


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 Studies program in the College of Letter and Science, and the MSW program of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

Credit and Courses

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

Required Women's Studies Courses

  • WMNS 401: Global Feminisms, 3 cr.
  • WMNS 700: Feminist Issues and Scholarship, 3 cr.
  • WMNS 710: Advanced Feminist Theory, 3 cr.
  • WMNS 711: Advanced Feminist Research Methods, 3 cr.
  • One additional 3-credit G or U/G WMNS course, excluding: 497, 599, 700, 990, and 999.
  • 9 elective credits in WMNS or Women's Studies cross-listed coursework (not in Social Work) selected in consultation with the Women’s Studies Grad Chair
  • 6 elective credits in Social Work coursework selected in consultation with the Women's Studies Grad Chair and the Social Work faculty advisor.

Students are limited to a maximum of 6 U/G credits, and a maximum of 3 credits in WMNS 999: Independent Study.

Social Work Foundation Curriculum

  • SW 604: Social Systems and Social Work Practice, 3 cr.
  • SW 662: Methods of Social Welfare Research, 3 cr.
  • SW 665: Cultural Diversity and Social Work, 3 cr.
  • SW 705: Individual Behavior and Social Welfare, 3 cr.
  • SW 708: Social Work Methodology I: Individuals and Families, 3 cr.
  • SW 709: Social Work Methodology II: Groups, Organizations and Communities, 2 cr.
  • SW 721: Field Instruction I, 3 cr.

Social Work Advanced Practice Curriculum

Practice Courses (711 or 713; 811 or 915; 820)

  • SW 711: Direct Social Work Practice I, 3 cr.
  • SW 713: Community Organization, Planning and Human Service Administration I, 3 cr.
  • SW 811: Direct Social Work Practice II: (Subtitled), 3 cr.
  • SW 915: Human Services Administration II, 3 cr.
  • SW 820: Seminar in Social Work Practice: (Subtitled), 2 cr.

Field Courses

  • SW 722: Field Instruction II, 3 cr.
  • SW 821: Field Instruction III, 4 cr.
  • SW 822: Field Instruction IV, 4 cr.

Human Behavior Content (753 or 771 or 685)

  • SW 753: Psychopathology for Social Workers, 3 cr.
  • SW 771: Development of the Family Over the Life Span, 3 cr.
  • SW 685: Social Gerontology, 3 cr.


  • SW 793: Advanced Methods of Social Welfare Research, 2 cr.
  • SW 794: Advanced Research Methods: Evaluating Social Welfare Programs, 2 cr.

Social Policy

  • SW 851: Social Issue and Policy Analysis: (Subtitled), 2-3 cr.


Selected from Women’s Studies courses in consultation with faculty advisor, 9 cr.

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

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.

For more information contact the Women's Studies Program by telephone at 414-229-5918 and by email at