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Part-Time Master of Social Work at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Part-Time Master of Social Work at University of Wisconsin-Madison


The School of Social Work here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
has a national reputation. We have a reputation in many different
areas. We have faculty that are known internationally. The exact same curriculum that’s offered in the full-time program
is offered in the part-time program. Our field model that we have in the
full-time program and for which we are known nationally is also replicated in the part-time program. I knew I wanted to earn my Master’s degree at some point but the fact that I was, you know, married
and I have a child, another one who was just recently born, so two
children now, and working full time, I don’t know
that I would have been able to find a way to do it without the part-time program. It just
seemed like a great opportunity for me to be able to, you know, maintain
the rest of my life and still work on my Master’s degree. Nearly all of our students are employed
in the field so they’re learning theory at the same time they’re employed
in their positions, and have that ability to apply what they’re learning
in their work environment right away. The other part of the program that I think is
helpful to students, is that it’s a cohort model, so the students enter together
and they make the journey as a group and so the bonds that they
form, the support that they’re able to provide for each other really appears to me to be tremendous. What’s really great about the program
and what I love seeing when I’m talking with students and talking with
faculty is just the wealth of experience that our students bring, because they’re
from all different parts of the state, and so we have students that travel
three, four hours one way to get to class and so they’re bringing in
geographical or regional issues that other students in another part of the
state aren’t aware of because it’s not part of their community and so that’s
been really great and really enriching discussions in class. Students that comes to the program, many are not traditional, meaning that
they are older and so they bring to the program
and to the classroom a wealth of experience. Many students just graduated, just got their undergraduate degree, and
don’t have as much experience, but it’s that kind of depth and breadth that really
adds to the classroom. It was that exposure and what was
available to me, thank god, through the part-time MSW program because I couldn’t relocate, I couldn’t quit my job,
I couldn’t afford to do that, I had a family, I had a career that I was working towards. So life was changing really quick but
the opportunity to obtain my Master’s was always sitting there and I, I jumped at it. UW-Madison’s part-time MSW program has really made my life goals possible. Looking at the school I would say that it’s
a very good mix of education and research, yet compassion, understanding, and affective
focus on how to practice social work. I do believe my MSW degree is
a very marketable degree. It can open up doors. Go for it and really follow your heart. If
you’re really interested in the helping profession, in making a difference, I can’t
think of a better field and a better program to go into than
the MSW program. The learning experience has been outstanding. I really find it a rewarding career. I’m really glad that I decided to try
something different, and that was honestly one of the best parts of the program, is that I got to meet
some great people, some people who really knew their field incredibly well, and
it turned into some great contacts for me and ultimately led to a job that I really truly enjoy.

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