When you study at the University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work, you join more than 80 years of proven excellence in social work education. Our CSWE-Accredited online MSW program prepares graduates to have a positive impact on individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. You will learn to become a service leader who employs innovative and effective practices in cultural competency, systematic ethical analysis and a keen understanding of the human condition. Graduate ready to provide support in all settings — rural, urban and even your own community.

This online MSW is taught by faculty who are dedicated to your success and who provide diverse expertise across multiple areas of social work. The degree prepares you to help others through coursework focused on practical, transferable skills. You will use quantitative and qualitative research methods to advance the practice of social work and elevate your understanding of diverse populations. This program offers the flexibility of online learning while still fostering strong connections with your instructors and peers. You will graduate with the skills and network to pursue your passion as an advanced-practice social worker.

Program Facts

Duration (Accelerated): 4 semesters
(2 semesters Advanced Standing)

Total credits: 60 credits
(30 credits Advanced Standing)

Format: Online program

Accreditation: CSWE

Outcome: The MSW@UK prepares
social workers to engage and
empower others to create
social change in virtually any setting.

Program Benefits

1. Deliver Quality Practice
Gain the insight to demonstrate ethical, professional behavior and judgment and the transferable skills to deliver quality practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Graduate ready to effect positive change in your community through advanced social work.

2. Embrace Diversity and Social Justice
Gain an appreciation for how diversity and difference characterize and shape the human experience. Learn how to advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice at all levels of practice.

3. Develop Practical Skills
Focus on practical coursework that builds the real-world skills for effective work as an analyst, planner, advocate, leader and change agent in policy development and implementation. Graduate ready to transform social work practice from the individual to the societal level.

Flexible Program Options

Explore the full list of online and on campus programs offered by the UK College of Social Work.

Prepare for a Career in Social Work

The University of Kentucky’s academically rigorous MSW program includes options for an advanced-standing program (30 credits) and a 60-credit regular standing program to give experienced social workers and passionate newcomers alike the practical skills they need to be effective in the field. Both programs are CSWE- Accredited and prepare students for effective advanced practice across the micro-macro continuum with diverse populations. Our graduates are prepared for licensure and have consistently done well on the licensure exams.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for social workers will grow by 16 percent from 2016 to 2026. The University of Kentucky’s MSW program gives students the adaptable skill set to take advantage of opportunities across the many practice areas and settings of this fast-growing, dynamic field.

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