MSW

Students in our Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited MSW program interact with a world-class faculty and staff. Students are afforded the opportunity to gain practice and research experience in a variety of professional settings. Graduates from our MSW are uniquely poised to enter a competitive job market and make the most of forecasted growth within the social work profession. And in so doing, our students will positively impact the lives of individuals, groups, and communities.

The UK Difference

Flexible Program Options

Select from regular (two year) or advanced (one year) standing options. Students can also earn a MSW in hybrid or fully-online formats and attend classes at our program in Hazard.

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. Students can leverage these entities for unique learning and research opportunities.

Exceptional Career Prep Support

Our MSW graduates have the highest clinical licensing pass rates in Kentucky, and are well above the national average. Our students receive career counseling, mentoring, and post-graduation mentorship to ensure a successful transition into social work practice.

Multiple Certificate Options

MSW students have the option to earn specialized certificates in Clinical Social Work, Child Welfare, Military Behavioral Health, Rural Population Wellbeing, Integrative Behavioral Health, and Substance Use Disorder, to name a few.

1+2=DSW Initiative

Students can earn their MSW and Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) degrees in just three years. CoSW alums may also be eligible for unique DSW scholarships and tuition assistance packages.

Multiple Delivery Options

Students can choose a hybrid or fully online program model.

#1

KY rank for graduate licensing pass rates

300+

Student field placement options

97%

Students who receive some type of financial aid

Student Spotlights


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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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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Events


July 20, 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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July 30, 2020, 1:00 pm
Social Work Career Panel: Mental Health

Social Work Career Panel: Mental Health

Join us on Thursday, July 30 at 1:00 PM EST for a virtual discussion with three social work alumni working in the mental health field.
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August 26, 2020, 9:30 am
Virtual Director's Chat with Dr. Kalea Benner

Virtual Director’s Chat with Dr. Kalea Benner

"Drop-in" with Dr. Kalea Benner, the Master of Social Work program director! Dr. Benner will be holding a virtual meeting for students to drop-in and
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News


Third MSW Student Awarded LTJ Fellowship

Third MSW Student Awarded LTJ Fellowship

Incoming Master of Social Work (MSW) student Eman Ghoneim now joins her fellow incoming MSW student Quinten Harris and current
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Loeffler Awarded 2020 Outstanding Teaching Award

Loeffler Awarded 2020 Outstanding Teaching Award

Each year, the University of Kentucky recognizes faculty and graduate teaching assistants for outstanding teaching during its UK Faculty Awards
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UK Collaborative Team Receives Funding To Refurbish & Provide Essential Medical Equipment

UK Collaborative Team Receives Funding To Refurbish & Provide Essential ...

Roughly 1 in 7 Americans live with a disability that impacts daily mobility. The average cost of a wheelchair ranges
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