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Online Social Work Programs From The University of Kentucky

For more than 80 years, the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Social Work has been at the forefront of social work education. Through our commitment to research and scholarship, exemplary teaching, and vital community engagement, we develop social work leaders dedicated to making an impact on the lives of those they serve.

Quick Facts


On-Your-Time Learning to Fit Your Schedule


Meeting the Highest Standards for Social Work Education


National Diversity Awards
including Diversity Champion and Best of the Best Top 30 LGBTQ-friendly college

UK Sets the Bar for Social Work Education

The University of Kentucky is committed to advancing your passion for social change and ensuring you graduate prepared for advanced social work practice.

High Quality, Accredited Curriculum

Whether you’re pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW), Master of Social Work (MSW), or Doctor of Social Work (DSW), the online social work programs offered at UK align to core competencies to ensure graduates are prepared for their careers. Through courses and extensive fieldwork opportunities, students explore current social issues faced by underserved communities, including systemic barriers to equitable well-being. Both our BASW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). There is no formal accreditation available through CSWE for DSW programs.

Career-Driven, Fast, and Affordable Programs

Offering degree options for those looking to enter the social work profession, advance into leadership roles or gain in-depth mastery of the field, the UK College of Social Work ensures graduates are fully prepared for career success. Plus, career-focused elective options allow students to tailor their education to their unique interests and goals.

Empowered to Make Positive Change

Home to six unique Centers and Labs, including The Self-Care Lab (SCL), the College of Social Work actively leads groundbreaking research and programming to address contemporary challenges. Faculty challenge, inspire, guide, and support students in their development as high-quality practitioners and researchers.

Highest Licensure Exam Pass Rates in Kentucky

We are intensely focused on preparing students for professional social work licensure and practice. Our Licensing Preparation Initiative (LPI) infuses specific instruction and exam structure throughout the program. We are #1 in Kentucky in undergraduate and graduate licensing pass rates for first-time test-takers.*

*Ranking above based on most recent available data (1.3.20)

Online Social work @UK

Gain access to the same rigorous educational experience as on-campus students with the added flexibility and convenience of online courses. Learn how UK can help you take the next step in your career.

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Our Legacy

As the country emerged from the Great Depression in the 1930s, the University of Kentucky created the Department of Social Work to help prepare professionals to meet the needs of new social welfare programs throughout the country. Today, more than 6,000 social work alumni serve individuals, families, and communities around the globe.

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