DSW

The CoSW DSW was conceptualized with practitioners in mind. This is a high-quality, rigorous program aimed at ensuring that practitioners are prepared to face the realities of a contemporary practice landscape. Graduates from our DSW program are uniquely poised to excel and advance in a competitive job market and make the most of forecasted growth within the social work profession.

The UK Difference

Multiple Concentration Options

DSW students have the option to select one of three unique concentrations: Advanced Clinical Practice, Administrative Leadership, or Military Behavioral Health.

Centers and Labs

CoSW is home to several unique research centers and labs, including the Training Resource Center, Interdisciplinary Research Center on Children and Families, Kentucky Kinship Resource Center, Self-Care Lab, Suicide Prevention and Exposure Lab, and Military Behavior Health Lab. DSW students can leverage these entities for unique learning and research opportunities.

Capstone Project

Rather than a dissertation, students will complete a capstone project. The work for this project is embedded in the course work and is conducted under the supervision of a Capstone Advisor.

Efficient

Using an innovative Core Plus Model, our DSW program affords students an efficient and affordable way to earn their degree. From start to finish, students can complete the DSW degree in two years.

Accessible

The DSW program is 100% online. Students will participate in both synchronous and asynchronous activities designed to foster a robust sense of community and collegiality.

Streamlined Admittance

Students will receive an acceptance decision within two weeks of completing their application and no GRE is required.

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Student Spotlights


Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess, with the University of Kentucky Police Department, is a student in the College masters in social work program. Sgt. Hess, like those
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Hoda Shalash

Hoda Shalash

Hoda Shalash is like many students in college. She thought she knew what she wanted to major in, and for three years, Hoda worked toward
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Tamara Vest

Tamara Vest

When Tamara Vest was just nine years old, her father and primary caregiver, died. Her mother, who had substance abuse issues, was not an option
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Daniel Beasley

Daniel Beasley

For some, going to college after high school is a no-brainer. But for Daniel Beasley, pursuing higher education wasn't an option.
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Events


March 30, 2020, 12:00 am
Priority registration for the 2020 Fall Semester and the 2020 Summer Session.

Priority registration for the 2020 Fall Semester and the 2020 Summer S...

Add/Drop period for all students registered for Fall 2020.
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April 3, 2020, 12:00 am
Last day to withdraw from the University or reduce course load.

Last day to withdraw from the University or reduce course load.

Students can withdraw or reduce course load after this date only for “urgent non-academic reasons.”
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News


Dr. David Royse receives William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award

Dr. David Royse receives William Holmes McGuffey Longev...

The eighth edition of Research Methods in Social Work has received a William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award from the Textbook
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Dean Jay Miller Named Social Worker of The Year

Dean Jay Miller Named Social Worker of The Year

College of Social Work (COSW) Dean Jay Miller has been named 2020 Social Worker of The Year. Dean Miller received
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University 1st in Kentucky to Launch Online Doctorate of Social Work degree

University 1st in Kentucky to Launch Online Doctorate o...

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2020) — It's a daunting, but necessary task – serving the most vulnerable members of our
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Let’s appreciate those we call (literally) when prevention efforts fall apart: #childwelfare workers! Read this! #NCAPM2020 #ChildAbusePreventionMonth #CPS @KYYouth @KyDCBS @CHFSKy @CWLAofficial @PCAAmerica @DSSDirectorDCo @GovAndyBeshear @PCAKY https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article241628311.html

There are many ways that communities can work together to ensure children thrive. Visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website to learn what you can do to support & strengthen families and promote the well-being of children and youth. #NCAPM2020 http://bit.ly/2R5ZUbw

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