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 suite of social work programs offers undergraduate all the way through to doctoral degrees in an online format, and prepares graduates to have a positive impact on individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Social change. Social justice. Social work.

The online degree programs in social work are taught by faculty who are dedicated to your success and who provide diverse expertise across multiple areas of social work. The programs offer 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.

Online Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW)

Accreditation: CSWE

Duration: 4 years

Total credits: 120 credits

Format: 100% Online

Certificates: Yes

Students have the option to select an undergraduate Certificate in Diversity and Inclusivity Awareness.

Public Child Welfare Certification (PCWCP) option for students who plan to accept a two-year position with the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services upon graduation. Students receive up to 4 semesters of tuition and a stipend. 

Eligible undergraduates may qualify for our 4+1 MSW program, allowing you to complete your MSW in just one year.

Online Master of Social Work (MSW)

Path: Regular Standing

Accreditation: CSWE

Duration (Accelerated): 4 semesters

Total credits: 60 credits

Format: 100% Online

Certificates: Yes


Path: Advanced Standing (For students with a CSWE-accredited BSW or BASW earned within the last 7 years)

Accreditation: CSWE

Duration (Accelerated): 2 semesters

Total credits: 30 credits

Format: 100% Online

Certificates: Yes

As a student, you'll choose to earn career-focused skills through any one of our multiple certificates or select elective courses to complete an Individualized Plan of Study (IPS). Completed as part of the MSW, the certificates and IPS allow you to centralize your education and become an expert in your chosen area of focus.

Online Doctorate of Social Work (DSW)

Accreditation: CSWE does not accredit DSW programs.

Duration (Accelerated): 2 years

Total credits: 42 credits

Format: 100% Online

Concentrations: Yes

Beyond the core curriculum, students will select one of four concentrations: Administrative Leadership, Clinical Social Work, Military Behavioral Health, and Social Work Education.

Program Benefits

1. Deliver Exceptional 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 and passion for how diversity and difference characterize and shape the human experience. Learn how to advance human rights and racial, 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. Graduate ready to transform opportunities and improve wellbeing from the individual to the societal level.

Impact Your Community with a Career in Social Work

Graduate ready for real-world practice. UK has the highest pass rate for licensure in the state, and one of the highest in the nation.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for social workers will grow by 11 percent from 2018 to 20281. The University of Kentucky’s suite of online social work programs gives students the adaptable and exceptional skill set to take advantage of opportunities across the many practice areas and settings of this fast-growing, dynamic field.

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Dedicated Support for Active Military & Veterans

Since 2009, the University of Kentucky has been recognized by Military Times as a Best for Vets school among public universities in the state. In addition to waiving the application fee for veterans, our military support teams can help you determine eligibility and use the variety of programs available to make your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. Learn moreLearn more.


  1. "Social Workers." Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 10, 2020. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm#tab-1https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm#tab-1