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 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

  • Regular 60 Hour Advanced Generalist MSW Program (Full & Part Time Model)  – Download PDF
  • Off Campus Regular 60 Hour & Advanced Standing Generalist MSW (For Off Campus Locations) – Download PDF
  • Advanced Standing Advanced Generalist MSW Program (Full & Part Time Model) Download PDF

An online MSW is also available. Explore Program

Army Master of Social Work – Application Information