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.

Reaching Diverse Populations

The MSW is an Advanced Generalist program and prepares students for social work practice across the micro-macro continuum with diverse populations such as, Military, rural communities, and underserved groups.

#1

KY rank for graduate licensing pass rates

300+

Student field placement options

97%

Students who receive some type of financial aid

Student Spotlights


MSW Student Earns Degree from Spain

MSW Student Earns Degree from S...

Earning your Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from the College of Social Work (CoSW) at the University of Kentucky (UK) is obtainable regardless of
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Irina Osmolovska

Irina Osmolovska

With students ranging from Kentucky to New York, Texas to Wisconsin, earning your Master in Social Work (MSW) degree at the College of Social Work
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Doctoral Candidate Receives ISTSS Student Registration Award

Doctoral Candidate Receives IST...

Theresia Pachner, a doctoral candidate at the College of Social Work, has received a Student Registration Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
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Q&A with Shauna Kitts

Q&A with Shauna Kitts

Undergraduate student Shauna Kitts was recently announced as one of the 31 new 2020 Chellgren Student Fellows. Kitts, a first-generation student in the College of
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Events


October 18, 2021, 5:00 pm
ASK-VIP Group Training with Theresa Shell-Goldsby

ASK-VIP Group Training with Theresa Shell-Goldsby

Topic: Twenty Things Adoptive Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew Facilitated by: Theresa Shell-Goldsby October 18, 2021, 5:00-6:30 PM CST To register for
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October 18, 2021, 6:00 pm
ASK-VIP Group Training with Kay Upton

ASK-VIP Group Training with Kay Upton

Topic: Confidentiality in Foster Care Facilitated by: Kay Upton October 18, 2021, 6:00-7:30 PM EST To register for this group training, visit here,
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October 18, 2021, 7:30 pm
ASK-VIP Group Training with Angela Jamison

ASK-VIP Group Training with Angela Jamison

Topic: Teaching Growth Mindset to Children Facilitated by: Angela Jamison October 18, 2021, 7:30-9:00 PM EST To register for this group training, visit
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News


New Study Offers Insight on Impact of Masculinity on the Mental Health of Gay Black Men

New Study Offers Insight on Impact of Masculinity on the Mental Health of Gay...

A recent study conducted by University of Kentucky College of Social Work researcher Keith J. Watts, Ph.D., discusses the social
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Dean Miller Named Friend of School Social Work

Dean Miller Named Friend of School Social Work

Dr. Jay Miller, Dean at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, received the 2021 Friend of School Social
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College of Social Work Study Examines Effect of Intimate Partner Violence on Employment of Mothers With Young Children

College of Social Work Study Examines Effect of Intimate Partner Violence on ...

Results of a new study from the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky indicate mothers experiencing intimate
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