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.

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PhD students who receive funding support

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Unique centers and labs

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PhD student presentations/publications for 2019

Student Spotlights


Emily Moseley Awarded HDI’s Paul Kevin Burberry Award

Emily Moseley Awarded HDI’s Pau...

Story by Beth Potter, HDI Director of Information Services The University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute (HDI) has awarded the prestigious Paul Kevin Burberry
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Shyan Stivers

Shyan Stivers

University of Kentucky (UKY) student, Shyan Stivers, was recently awarded a Legislative Research Commission (LRC) fellowship through the 2020-2021 Graduate Fellows Program in Frankfort, KY.
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1LT Jamie Webb

1LT Jamie Webb

Army First Lieutenant (1LT), and College of Social Work (CoSW) master of social work (MSW) student, Jamie Webb, has been recognized as the National Association
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Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess, with the University of Kentucky Police Department, is a student in the College Master in Social Work Program.
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Events


September 23, 2020, 12:00 pm
Virtual MSW Info Session

Virtual MSW Info Session

Join Graduate Program Director, Dr. Kalea Benner, and College of Social Work personnel as we discuss our Master of Social Work program. Topics will include:
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September 24, 2020, 3:00 pm
Mandatory Group Field Orientation and Advising for Spring 2021 SW 640 students

Mandatory Group Field Orientation and Advising for Spring 2021 SW 640 ...

Social Work 640 students will join Dr. Pamela Weeks, Director of Field Education, Desha Scanlon, Field Placement Coordinator, and Dr. Renee Campbell, Clinical Assistant Professor,
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September 25, 2020, 1:00 pm
KASSW Virtual Conference ft. Keynote Speaker Dr. Julie Cerel

KASSW Virtual Conference ft. Keynote Speaker Dr. Julie Cerel

Kentucky Association for School Social Work Virtual 2020 Conference Friday, September 25th 1:00pm-3:00pm via Zoom (link provided after registration) Keynote Speaker Dr. Julie Cerel 2
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News


UK Social Work Launches Program to Support Kinship Caregivers

UK Social Work Launches Program to Support Kinship Caregivers

By Lindsey Piercy. LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2020) — More and more family members are providing safe homes to children of
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Dean Miller Named to UK Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team

Dean Miller Named to UK Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team

The University of Kentucky (UK) recently announced a comprehensive, enterprise-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Implementation Plan designed to accelerate progress
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New UK Social Work Study Zeros in on Self-Care During COVID-19

New UK Social Work Study Zeros in on Self-Care During COVID-19

By Lindsey Piercy, LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2020) — It is a profession committed to the well-being of others —
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