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


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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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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Events


November 30, 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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November 30, 2020, 6:00 pm
Virtual Honors and Awards Ceremony

Virtual Honors and Awards Ceremony

Join us for a virtual Honors and Awards Ceremony on November 30th at 6 pm! This event will be live-streamed through the College of Social
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November 30, 2020, 7:00 pm
All About Adoption Town Hall Event

All About Adoption Town Hall Event

All About Adoption Town Hall Event Are you considering adoption?  Or, has becoming a foster parent crossed your mind?  If you have taken either into
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News


UK Social Work Launching Support Group for Adopted Kentucky Teens

UK Social Work Launching Support Group for Adopted Kentucky Teens

By Lindsey Piercy LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2020) — In Kentucky there are nearly 10,000 young people in foster care,
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UK Social Work’s Garcia named RWJF Fellow

UK Social Work’s Garcia named RWJF Fellow

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work (CoSW) announced today that Dr. Antonio Garcia, Associate Professor, has been selected
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UK Social Work, National Association of Public Defense Partner to Study Self-Care Among Public Defense Professionals

UK Social Work, National Association of Public Defense Partner to Study Self-...

While working in public defense can undoubtedly be challenging, research shows that those working in that field face many of
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