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


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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