The College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky offers an innovative and exciting MSW Curriculum based on ethical imperatives, research to practice and sound assessments and interventions. Its aim is to equip MSW graduates for the tasks and responsibilities they will encounter in professional Social Work Practice. The MSW program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and has been since 1970. The next CSWE review and site visit will occur in 2018-19. For more information about accreditation please contact the Office of the Dean at - (859) 257-6650.
Our MSW program is open to all undergraduate degrees and may be completed full time or part time, beginning in the fall. The MSW program has two Specializations: 1) Advanced Generalist Practice (AGP) Specialization and 2) Military Specialization, the latter of which is only offered on the off-campus site option in Fort Sam, Houston, Texas. All Kentucky program sites offer the Advanced Generalist Practice Specialization.

The Advanced Generalist Practice (AGP) Specialization is constructed as a strong generalist program that is organized around the CSWE competencies and prepares students for advanced practice across the micro-macro continuum with diverse populations. The AGP Specialization includes a focus on practice with individuals and families and employs a bio-psychosocial and developmental framework that builds upon the foundation year of study. The AGP Specialization also includes a focus on practice with communities and organizations that employs a multi-system analytical and empowerment framework and builds upon the foundation courses to focus on the link between individual and community well-being and practice.

In addition to required courses, the AGP Specialization curriculum includes 9 credit hours of guided electives. This component of the program model allows AGP Specialization students to bolster their knowledge and skills by selecting a Cognate Area of Study. They may pursue a cognate area of specific interest or a more formal option such as a graduate certificate (such as Military Social Work, School Social Work, or Gerontology) or integrated Behavioral Health, all of which prescribe courses students should take to fulfill the guided elective requirement to meet requirements of the certificates or IBH cognate. The AGP Specialization will be offered at the main campus site in Lexington and at the Southeastern Kentucky (SEKY) and Morehead/Ashland satellite sites.

In addition, students may complete certificates in Military Behavioral Health, School Social Work, Gerontology, and Developmental Disabilities.

Students may attend classes on UK’s main campus in Lexington, at Morehead/Ashland, KY, or at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health-Hazard in Southeast Kentucky.

Do you have a question about the Master of Social Work program?
Sara Green

Graduate Admissions Academic Advisor

613 Patterson Office Tower


Jarod Giger, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies

667 Patterson Office Tower


Melissa Slone, MSW, CSW

BASW/MSW Program Coordinator at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health - Southeast Kentucky

(606) 439-3557 x 83575

Sheila Miracle, MSW

MSW Program Coordinator, Morehead State University Campus


Carol J. Barnett, Ph.D., LCSW

MSW Program Coordinator, Ashland Campus

(606) 783-2124