University of Wisconsin–Madison

Our Academic Programs

Social Welfare

332 School of Social Work Building
1350 University Ave
Madison WI 53706
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Phone: 608-263-3660
Fax: 608-263-3836
Email: phdprogram@socwork.wisc.edu

Face-to-Face Evening/weekend1 Online2 Hybrid3 Accelerated4 Add'l assistantship and/or enrollment policy5
Admitting Degree(s):
Ph.D.

About the Social Welfare Program

The Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work develops scholars, leaders, and social work educators who advance knowledge about social work, social welfare policy, and intervention strategies from a behavioral and social science perspective to improve the quality of life for individuals and families.

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Graduate School Guide

Faculty listings, program overview, minimum degree requirements and satisfactory progress information.


Program Profile

Program statistical information on admissions, enrollment, student funding, and degrees.


Additional Policy

A Joint M.S.W/Ph.D. option is available for students without an M.S.W. Students with another master's degree may choose the Joint or Ph.D. only option.

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1 These programs are offered in an evening and/or weekend format to accommodate working schedules. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses and personal connections, while keeping your day job. For more information about the meeting schedule of a specific program, contact the program.

2 These programs are offered primarily online. Many available online programs can be completed almost entirely online with all online programs offering at least 50 percent or more of the program work online. Some online programs have an on-campus component that is often designed to accommodate working schedules. Take advantage of the convenience of online learning while participating in a rich, interactive learning environment. For more information about the online nature of a specific program, contact the program.

3 These programs have innovative curricula that combine on-campus and online formats. Most hybrid programs are completed on-campus with a partial or completely online semester. For more information about the hybrid schedule of a specific program, contact the program.

4 These on-campus programs are offered in an accelerated format that allows you to complete your program in a condensed time-frame. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses with minimal disruption to your career. For more information about the accelerated nature of a specific program, contact the program.

5 Students in most on-campus graduate programs are eligible for assistantships. Please look carefully at the additional policies listed above for more information about the specific assistantship and enrollment policies for the program. Contact the program with any questions.