Online Master of Social Work (MSW)

An outcomes-focused master’s degree accredited by CSWE.

The University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work sets the bar for excellence in social work education. Our online MSW program offers Advanced Standing (30 credits) and Regular Standing (60 credits) options that equip passionate newcomers and experienced professionals with the expertise to advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice. With in-state tuition (regardless of residency!) and block tuition savings, UK offers an affordable Master of Social Work education. You’ll engage with instructors and peers to build your professional network while acquiring competencies to pursue your passion as an advanced-practice social worker.

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Innovative Curriculum Tailored to Your Aspirations

Benefit from practical coursework taught by experienced social workers, the majority of whom are licensed, to build real-world skills for effective work as an advocate, leader, and change agent. Graduate exceptionally prepared with expertise in your chosen area of focus.

Please note, Federal Title IV financial aid is only available for certificate courses when they are taken as a part of a degree-seeking program.

Select elective courses that provide the right competencies for your ideal career path.

Build a comprehensive understanding of topics influencing child welfare practice, including historical perspectives, child protection policy, and abuse intervention.

Gain an advanced level of clinical knowledge and skills, including application of social work practice in a variety of clinical settings.

Acquire a deeper understanding of the unique experiences of military members, veterans, and their families, and explore effective and culturally sensitive behavioral healthcare services for this population.

Develop critical skills through study and experience to assess and intervene on behalf of children and adolescents in a school setting.

Learn treatment and prevention approaches related to substance use disorders and develop essential intervention skills through a curriculum founded on evidence-based practice.

Focus on helping individuals in their healing journeys and learn how to promote post-traumatic growth and healing.

Take Online Classes When and Where You Want

The UK College of Social Work offers high-quality coursework in a flexible format that fits your busy life. You can remain in your current community while earning your social work degree online, developing knowledge for fostering positive change locally. Like our students on campus, you’ll learn from world-class faculty who provide the inspiration and guidance necessary to thrive as a social work student and practitioner.

Integrate Your Passion with an Exceptional Career

UK’s online Master of Social Work program imparts skills for promoting social justice while helping individuals, groups, and communities improve their quality of life. After graduation, you’ll be ready for advanced practice roles in numerous settings, including hospitals, schools, community-based non-profits, the criminal justice system, and more.

Discover the UK Difference

  • Receive dedicated field education support with access to more than 1,200 placement sites across the country.
  • Prepare for licensure with the university that has the highest pass rate for licensure in the state for first-time test-takers and one of the highest in the nation.*
  • Become part of a tradition of advancing social work practice for more than 80 years.

About the College of Social Work

UK’s College of Social Work has advanced social work practice for more than 80 years. Our graduates carry this sense of responsibility forward, serving others and supporting positive change in their communities with an understanding of how social justice issues impact lives at every turn.

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Dedicated Support for Active Military and Veterans

Since 2009, the University of Kentucky has been recognized by Military Times as a Best for Vets school among public universities in the state. In addition to waiving the application fee for veterans, our military support teams can help you determine eligibility and use the variety of programs available to make your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible.

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* CoSW students and alumni score 12.6 points ABOVE the national average for the undergraduate, graduate, and clinical licensing exams. Rankings are based on the most recent available data (1.3.20).