About MSW

The College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky offers an innovative and exciting MSW curriculum aimed to equip MSW graduates for the tasks and responsibilities encountered in professional social work practice. The College of Social Work promotes community and individual well-being through its translational research and scholarship, exemplary teaching, and vital community engagement. The College is committed to the people and social institutions throughout Kentucky, the nation, and the world. The College, like the University, is an organization that cultivates a diverse academic community characterized by interpersonal fairness and social justice. The College is fiercely committed to developing outstanding social work professionals — leaders who will serve individuals, families, and communities through innovative and effective practices that are guided by cultural competency, systematic ethical analysis, and a keen and pragmatic understanding of the human condition.

Our MSW program is open to all undergraduate degrees and may be completed full time or part time, in either a hybrid or online format and is accredited by CSWE. The MSW is an Advanced Generalist program and prepares students for social work practice across the micro-macro continuum with diverse populations. In addition, students may complete certificates in multiple areas or students may complete coursework specific to an individualized plan of study to be meet their area of interest. Finally, the college offers two cognate areas that provide student funding, integrated behavioral health (IBH) with social workers in primary care settings and substance use disorder (SUD) that provide funding for students to serve in practicums with SUD prevention and intervention agencies in underserved populations.

Students may attend hybrid classes on UK’s main campus in Lexington or at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, Kentucky. The Army MSW program is offered at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas and is a selective admission process through the Department of Defense. Students also have the opportunity to complete their MSW Online.

MSW Program Handbook

MSW Program Handbook 2021-2022

MSW Program Curriculum

UK College of Social Work offers full-time and part-time plans of study to earn a master of social work (MSW). Review our curriculum models for further details.

Our regular master of social work degree, a 60-credit program consists of:

  • Fifty one credits of classwork-including 12 hours of electives for 60 credit program
  • Nine credits of fieldwork experience.

The first 30 credits are foundation courses, and all regular 60 Hour MSW students will take these courses. The remaining 30 credits are part of the program’s advanced generalist courses.

Our advanced standing program a 30-credit program consists of:

  • Twenty four credits of classwork-including 9 hours of electives for 30 credit program
  • Six credits of fieldwork experience.

We offer several plans of study in which you can complete your MSW degree:

Curriculum Plans of Study

Online Program Curriculum Plans:

Advanced Standing

Regular Standing

Hybrid Program Curriculum Plans:

Advanced Standing

Regular Standing

An online MSW is also available. Explore Program

Army Master of Social Work – Application Information

To be eligible to apply:

Applicant must have received, or will be receiving, their bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by June in the calendar year in which their application is being reviewed by the United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) for consideration to enter the Army-University of Kentucky (UK) Master of Social Work Program (MSW).  Applicants must have a 3.0 overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 grading scale. In addition, all applicants must take the must submit a current official copy of their scores from the General Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Applicants must score 290 or higher (calculated based upon a combination of their verbal and quantitative sections results only) on the GRE, and scores cannot be older than five years from the projected start date of the program.

The application process:

Applicants must contact an Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Health Care Recruiter (HCR) to initiate the application process.  Use the following link to search for a HCR by zip code location:  http://www.goarmy.com.  Select “Medical (AMEDD)” on the My interest drop down menu, and enter the location zip code into the search bar.
Applicants for the program will undergo a double selection process.  Applicants must first be selected for long-term health education in the Army Master of Social Work Program by the Headquarters, USAREC accession board, followed by admission selection by the University of Kentucky Graduate School and College of Social Work.  Your local AMEDD HCR will help you assemble your USAREC application that will be reviewed by a selection board on or about the first week of February each calendar year.

Applicants will be notified of the accession board results by their HCR. Following this notification, applicants must apply to the UK Office of Admission. The UK will inform applicants of their acceptance status by a letter of acceptance from the UK Office of Admissions.

All USAREC applications for long-term health education must be submitted through AMEDD HCR.  Applicants will not submit applications directly to University of Kentucky MSW Program at JBSA Fort Sam Houston, TX.

If you have questions about the application process, contact:
Wilma Ambrose, Educational Technician
Fort Sam Houston, TX