BASW

Students in our Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited BASW program interact with world-class faculty, staff, and a diverse cohort of students. Students gain practice and research experience in a variety of settings, including clinical social work, schools, child welfare, gerontology, community organizing, mental health, and international practice, among others. Graduates from our program are uniquely poised to enter a competitive job market and make the most of forecasted growth within the social work profession.

The UK Difference

Guided Student Experience

Upon admission, students are connected with a Student Experience Liaison. This liaison will guide and support students through their BASW journey.

Unique Learning Opportunities

CoSW students have the opportunity to work in a wide range of field placement settings, gaining hands-on practice experience that prepares them for the workforce.

Broaden Your World

Students can study abroad, engage in service learning, and complete the Diversity Certificate. Each of these will enhance their world view and broaden their appreciation of difference.

Strategic Academic Advising

All BASW academic advising is performed by a licensed social worker, which lends a forward-looking career perspective to the educational process.

Exceptional Career Prep Support

Our BASW graduates have social work licensing exam pass rates well above state and national averages. Our students receive career counseling, mentoring, and post-graduation mentorship to ensure a successful transition into social work practice.

4+1=MSW Initiative

Eligible students who graduate from our BASW program can complete their Master in Social Work (MSW) in just one year. CoSW alums may also be eligible for unique scholarships.

#1

KY rank for undergrad licensing pass rates

300+

Student field placement options

97%

Students who receive some type of financial aid

Student Spotlights


Emily Moseley Awarded HDI’s Paul Kevin Burberry Award

Emily Moseley Awarded HDI’s Pau...

Story by Beth Potter, HDI Director of Information Services The University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute (HDI) has awarded the prestigious Paul Kevin Burberry
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Shyan Stivers

Shyan Stivers

University of Kentucky (UKY) student, Shyan Stivers, was recently awarded a Legislative Research Commission (LRC) fellowship through the 2020-2021 Graduate Fellows Program in Frankfort, KY.
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1LT Jamie Webb

1LT Jamie Webb

Army First Lieutenant (1LT), and College of Social Work (CoSW) master of social work (MSW) student, Jamie Webb, has been recognized as the National Association
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Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess, with the University of Kentucky Police Department, is a student in the College Master in Social Work Program.
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Events


September 23, 2020, 12:00 pm
Virtual MSW Info Session

Virtual MSW Info Session

Join Graduate Program Director, Dr. Kalea Benner, and College of Social Work personnel as we discuss our Master of Social Work program. Topics will include:
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September 24, 2020, 3:00 pm
Mandatory Group Field Orientation and Advising for Spring 2021 SW 640 students

Mandatory Group Field Orientation and Advising for Spring 2021 SW 640 ...

Social Work 640 students will join Dr. Pamela Weeks, Director of Field Education, Desha Scanlon, Field Placement Coordinator, and Dr. Renee Campbell, Clinical Assistant Professor,
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September 25, 2020, 1:00 pm
KASSW Virtual Conference ft. Keynote Speaker Dr. Julie Cerel

KASSW Virtual Conference ft. Keynote Speaker Dr. Julie Cerel

Kentucky Association for School Social Work Virtual 2020 Conference Friday, September 25th 1:00pm-3:00pm via Zoom (link provided after registration) Keynote Speaker Dr. Julie Cerel 2
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News


UK Social Work Launches Program to Support Kinship Caregivers

UK Social Work Launches Program to Support Kinship Caregivers

By Lindsey Piercy. LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2020) — More and more family members are providing safe homes to children of
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Dean Miller Named to UK Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team

Dean Miller Named to UK Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team

The University of Kentucky (UK) recently announced a comprehensive, enterprise-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Implementation Plan designed to accelerate progress
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New UK Social Work Study Zeros in on Self-Care During COVID-19

New UK Social Work Study Zeros in on Self-Care During COVID-19

By Lindsey Piercy, LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2020) — It is a profession committed to the well-being of others —
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