Army/UK Master of Social Work Program

History of the US Army/University of Kentucky Master of Social Work Collaboration

In October 2016 the University of Kentucky established a partnership with the Department of Defense to develop well-qualified clinical social workers to fill positions across the military service branches.

A satellite site was established within the Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDD C&S), Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX.  AMEDD C&S is where the Army Medical Department formulates its medical organization, tactics, doctrine, and equipment. The School is where the military service branches educate and train all medical personnel. The satellite implements the College of Social Work’s full-time, 60-hour, Master of Social Work, program. The curriculum is delivered in a condensed format, over 14 continuous months of study. All classes are delivered by face-to-face format on the Ft Sam Houston campus.

Admission and Graduation Requirements

Students applying to the satellite site complete a two-phase application process. First, applicants apply for DoD sponsorship. Acceptance to the satellite program entitles students to a full tuition scholarship, funded by the DoD, as well as appointment to paid positions within the DoD (for those not already serving in DoD positions). To be considered for the scholarship, applicants are screened by a DoD selection board. This is a competitive process, in which prior service/work history, undergraduate achievement, Graduate Record Examination scores, and professional references are weighed in order to rank applicant qualifications.

Applicants who are selected by the DoD board apply for admission to the UK College of Social Work. The College’s admissions committee and the University’s Graduate School evaluates these applications, employing the same criteria used to evaluate applicants to main campus. The Army satellite program is notified of admission committee decisions. The satellite program staff then initiates the process of facilitating the military reassignment process toward moving the students to the satellite site.