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Information Session December 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Please join us for an information session and Q&A about the UWOSH MSW Program on December 9, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 in Swart Hall 217. Please call 920-424-1419 or email Dr. Fredi Giesler at if you have questions or need directions.

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 accepting applications in the Fall of 2015 for classes beginning in Fall of 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 Sumner, 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 Soderland, 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 Kraft, 2015 Graduate



UW-Oshkosh MSW FAQs

For further Information regarding the transitions of the MSW program, please see our FAQ here.


MSW Field Education

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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.


Fall 2015 Schedule

*For the most up-to-date Fall 2015 schedule please check Titan Web. Thank you!

Class NameInstructorTime
SW 702-Generalist Practice I Mary Weeden Tu 6-9PM
SW 703-Skills (Laboratory) Mary Weeden Tu 5-6PM
SW 721-Multi-Level Family Introduction Jon Hudson Mo 5-8PM
SW 728-Advanced Social Welfare Policy Analysis Linda Jevaltas Th 6-9PM
SW 729-Advanced Field Seminar Mary Weeden We 5-6PM
SW 731-Advanced Research Applications Fredi Giesler We 6-9PM
SW 734-Field Research Consultation Fredi Giesler We 6-8PM
SW 737-Social Work & Crisis Intervention Jon Hudson Tu 5-8PM
by Clark, Leslie A. last modified Nov 16, 2015 09:30 AM