The UW-Green Bay Social Work department is now offering its Master of Social Work (MSW) program in central Wisconsin, with offices, classes, and advising on the UW-Stevens Point at the Wausau campus. The program begins this fall with 25 students pursuing their MSW degrees. This initiative is in response to the needs of the central Wisconsin region and is supported through a unique partnership with UW-Stevens Point.
According to the US Bureau of Labors Statistics, overall employment for social workers is projected to grow 13% by 2029, much faster than the average of other occupations. By expanding to central Wisconsin, the UW-Green Bay MSW Program ensures high-quality social work education is accessible to more individuals seeking an advanced social work degree.
The MSW Program offers the same curriculum and areas of emphasis in the Wausau location as that of Green Bay, including the school social work certificate and child welfare stipend. The MSW Program utilizes a cohort model which highlights building and maintaining student-to-student and faculty-to-student relationships. The Program offers a part-time and full-time option for both the generalist and specialized curriculum. Courses consist of a combination of in-person, hybrid, and online.
Margaret LaVen, a student in the MSW Wausau cohort, lives less than five miles from the Wausau campus and appreciates this new opportunity. She shared that the program’s accessibility and the personal support received from faculty have allowed her to pursue this degree and career option in her home community.