MSW Vision, Mission and Goals
The vision of this Department reflects a central belief that its curriculum be guided by the principle of doing what is right and just — teaching students to willingly accept the professional responsibility to act as the "heart and conscience" of the profession in their respective communities or as part of the profession-at-large, to advocate on behalf of those who suffer discrimination, devaluing and oppression. The Department's mission and goals stem from its vision
The Department of Social Work offers a strengths based educational program that guides and prepares Social Work students to be caring professionals with a commitment to knowledge, critical thinking, social justice values and practice skills.
- Prepare advanced degree social workers to assume leadership roles in clinical/mental health care and health care settings in order to meet the growing needs of the Fox Valley and beyond.
- Prepare professional social workers to engage in activities that will contribute to the development and improvement of social policy at local, regional, state, and national levels as it pertains to culturally relevant mental health and health care services.
- Engage in collaborative partnerships with other academic units and degree programs at UW Oshkosh, as well as with organizational entities in the Fox Valley region in order to improve community well-being.
- Engage in teaching, research and evaluation activities that promote best practices in mental health and health care practice and encourage innovation and discovery to improve the well-being of those in need.
MSW Summer 2016 Elective: SW 795: Special Topics, Grief and Loss
Join Colleen Hansen this summer for our MSW elective class. This course provides students with an introduction to the many aspects of loss and grief within Social Work client systems. Students will learn new insights in areas such as loss through death of a loved one, loss through non death related experiences (physical health, mental illness, job loss, transitions in life stages, etc) and the unique aspect of grief experienced by clients. The course will cover grief expression through complicated grief, resilience, disenfranchised grief, healthy and unhealthy expressions of grief, as well as the change to the DSM-5 regarding bereavement as an exclusion to major depressive disorder. Discussion regarding social norms, social messages, rules about grieving and even workplace polices will be incorporated with theory and practices used to support bereaved clients and families.
Praise for the UWO MSW Program
UW Oshkosh Collaborative MSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through June 2018. Students who are currently enrolled in the MSW Program at UW Oshkosh will be able to complete their degree here at UW Oshkosh. The current MSW curriculum will be offered through June 2018.
A new Master of Social Work Program is launching at UW-Oshkosh! We will begin reviewing applications December 1, 2015 and will continue to accept qualified applicants until the program is full. Classes begin Fall 2016. Check back often for the most up-to-date information. In the meantime, here is what some of our recent grads have to say:
"My academic journey in the MSW program at UW Oshkosh was very rewarding. I found that the class content was relevant to current issues in the social work field and the instructors were exceptionally knowledgeable about the course topics. The class times were very flexible which allowed me ample time to complete my assignments. The instructors were inspiring and encouraging. I felt that anytime I was struggling with understanding concepts or working through an assignment I could reach out to an instructor and would receive a quick, thorough response. My experience in the MSW program has been very fulfilling both personally and professionally. I feel confident that the skills I have acquired and knowledge I have gained in the MSW program at UW Oshkosh has prepared and inspired me to be a passionate well-rounded social worker in any number of settings. Thank you to all the instructors who have guided and supported me on this journey."
Sarah S. 2015 Graduate
"The UW-Oshkosh MSW program is a great place to become a Master of Social Work. I had the ability to collaborate with a number of different students, professors, and other educational programs at UW-Oshkosh. In my last year of the MSW program, my life took an interesting bend where I moved out of Wisconsin. The professors and the social work program were very accommodating and were invested in my success from a distance. I believe that the UW-Oshkosh MSW program has helped me become more well-rounded in my future role as a social worker. I am happy to say that I have made some lifelong friendships and partnerships with peers and professors alike. I am proud to say that I received my MSW from UW-Oshkosh."
Alyssa S . 2015 Graduate
"I started this program in September of 2011 and will be graduated this August. At that time I was married, working full time and had an 18 month old daughter. I knew I had a supportive husband so I figured I could manage this degree with a little bit of hard work and perseverance. Well, one thing I underestimated was how much hard work I would need to put forth. Undergrad was easy for me. This graduate program was not. Not because the coursework was unreasonable or the professors were hard, but just the fact that now I was managing a life, a full-time job, a home/finances, a family AND now graduate school. It was a whole new ball of wax for me considering in undergrad I didn't work more than 10-15 hours a week and really didn't have a care in the world. I've learned a lot about what I am capable of over these last four years and I can honestly say the MSW program at UW Oshkosh was more than accommodating to my busy schedule and real life. Having had to miss a few classes here and there with my high-risk second pregnancy and occasional sick children (I welcomed my 2nd child during year 3 of this program) the professors were always understanding of life happenings and helped come up with ways to make this work. They understand how busy our lives are and make every second count in class. They understand our time away from home and our families is important. They are passionate about social work and make it their life's mission to spread that passion onto their students. I have grown more over these past four years than I ever thought was possible. I have realized I am capable of more than I ever would have given myself credit for had I not challenged myself by entering this program. If you think you can't do it because you wouldn't have the time or capacity, I want you to know it is possible and totally worth every bit of hard work."
Lindsey K. 2015 Graduate
UW-Oshkosh MSW FAQs
For further Information regarding the transitions of the MSW program, please see our FAQ here.
UW Oshkosh Graduate Students
MSEP -- Midwest Student Exchange Program. Did you know that students from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin can all participate in the MSEP? Students from these states can attend participating schools, such as UW Oshkosh, for 150% of in-state tuition. For undergraduates this makes attending UW Oshkosh less expensive for Illinois students than attending some Illinois state schools. The same may be true for the graduate program. Students don't need to do anything special to qualify for the "discount." It is figured into their tuition when they apply.
Spring 2016 Schedule
For the most up-to-date schedule, please check Titan Web.
|SW 704- Generalist Social Work Practice II
||Tu 6-9PM||Swart Hall 2|
|SW 705- Skills Lab with Large Groups and Communities
||Tu 5-6PM||Swart Hall 2|
|SW 709- Field I: Foundation Social Work Practicum
|SW 720- Practice Competence in a Diverse Community
||N. Halsey 266|
|SW 723- Advanced Practice Methods in Health Care
|SW 727- Psychopathology and Strength-Based Assessment
||We 6-9PM||Swart Hall 102|
|SW 732- Field Research Project
||Fredi Giesler||We 6-8PM||N/A
|SW 733- Field IV: Advanced Social Work Field Seminar
||Tu 5-6PM||Swart Hall 102|