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Welcome to the University of Kentucky Online MSW

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.

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.

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Through UK’s CSWE-accredited online Master of Social Work, you will build on your passion for helping others as you learn to provide innovative, effective support to diverse communities. Gain the skills to connect with people as you assess the need for, implement, and evaluate the results of interventions. Our highly successful Licensing Preparation Initiative (LPI) ensures graduates are ready to make a difference at any scale, from individual service to entire systems.

To ensure our graduates are fully prepared for career success upon graduation, we also offer a selection of social work certificates. Students may choose from the Clinical Social Work Practice Certificate, Substance Use Disorder Certificate, or an Individualized Plan of Study to gain career-specific expertise while completing the online MSW program.

Quick Facts

100%

Online
On-Your-Time Learning to Fit Your Schedule

80+

Years
Meeting the Highest Standards for Social Work Education

3

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, CSWE-Accredited Curriculum

CSWE-accredited for 50 years and counting, the MSW program aligns 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 inequality, injustice, and welfare policy.

Career-Driven, Fast, and Affordable Programs

Offering both advanced and regular standing degree options through an accelerated format delivers significant savings on time and tuition. Plus career-focused certificates and elective options allow students to centralize their education and become experts in the field.

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 graduate licensing pass rates for first-time test-takers.*

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

Online MSW@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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