PHD

Students in our PhD program interact with a world-class faculty and staff. Students are afforded the opportunity to conceptualize, conduct, and critically assess cutting-edge research in a variety of areas including clinical social work, child welfare, gerontology, suicide, mental and behavioral health, military, and medical social work, among others. Graduates from our PhD program are uniquely poised to enter a competitive job market, in both academic and non-academic settings.

The UK Difference

Expansive Research Expertise

CoSW faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their research. Currently, CoSW has formal research partnerships with a host of academic institutions around the world.

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. PhD students can leverage these entities for unique learning and research opportunities.

Funding Support

CoSW is committed to funding our PhD students. Funded positions for PhD are comprised of Teaching Assistantships (TA), Research Assistantships (RA), Fellowships, and Scholarships. Funding availability varies from year to year and fully funded positions are contingent upon available monies.

Flexible Program Options

Students in our PhD program can select from flexible full and part-time degree options. The core curricula and elective formats allow students to craft unique learning and research experiences.

Post-Completion Support and Mentorship

Upon degree completion, students are connected with a mentor and participate in a number of career prep and development activities during the last year of their program.

Research & Teaching Practicums

PhD students enroll in two practicum courses during their program. These classes provide mentored research and teaching opportunities and often result in publications and/ or presentation experiences for students.

100%

PhD students who receive funding support

6

Unique centers and labs

53

PhD student presentations/publications for 2019

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


April 22, 2021, 10:00 am
Virtual MSW Application Session

Virtual MSW Application Session

Join the College of Social Work’s admissions officer to discuss the application requirements and admissions process for our Master of Social Work program! We’ll review
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April 22, 2021, 10:30 am
Virtual DSW Application Session

Virtual DSW Application Session

Join the College of Social Work’s admissions officer to discuss the application requirements and admissions process for our Doctorate of Social Work program! We’ll review
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April 22, 2021, 2:00 pm
DSW Info Session for Current UK MSW Students

DSW Info Session for Current UK MSW Students

This event is for current UK MSW students. Come get an overview of our Doctorate of Social Work program and meet some faculty and staff
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News


Q&A with Sabri Williams

Q&A with Sabri Williams

Sabri Williams, who graduated from the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program in May of 2020, is currently working
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CoSW Receives Funding from UK CURE COVID-19 Pilot Program

CoSW Receives Funding from UK CURE COVID-19 Pilot Program

It is no surprise that COVID-19 has been associated with an increase in stress and anxiety. With a lack of
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Flaherty Releases New Textbook and Webinar

Flaherty Releases New Textbook and Webinar

Disability studies and human service professions aim to address persistent and emerging issues. To begin addressing those issues, Associate Professor
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