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Your employer might offer tuition reimbursement to help you cover part or all of your educational costs. The first step is to ask your manager or your HR department if this is an option for you.

Tuition does not include the cost of books needed. You will be provided a book list for every course so that you can rent, buy, or borrow required textbooks.

Both the Substance Use Disorder and Clinical Social Work Practice certificate programs are offered online and on-campus, and also through a hybrid format.

Clinical Social Work Practice Certificate:

  • SW 726 Psychopathology for Clinical Social Work 
  • SW 728 Comparative Treatment Modalities 
  • SW 730 Evidence-Based Practice for Social Workers

Substance Use Disorder Certificate: 

  • SW 524 Substance Misuse
  • SW 580 Trauma-Informed Care
  • SW 740 Advanced Practicum I* OR 
  • SW 741 Advanced Practicum II*

*Students choose either SW 740 or SW 741 and complete the course in a SUD-related agency. 

To see full curriculum details, please visit the MSW courses page

Most fees are included within tuition costs. However, there may be additional costs for textbooks, etc. Learn more about tuition and fees for this program here.

You can apply for grants, scholarships, and federal financial aid.See the Save Time & Money tab above for the many options available.

You can also apply for federal student aid. University of Kentucky’s Federal school code is 001989.

Yes; you can participate in your online program from wherever you need to be. You can also pursue readmission for military-related absence — read more here.

Yes, financial aid may be used for textbooks and cost-of-living expenses. Find out more information regarding financial assistance here.

Yes, you can. We are required to report the net tuition cost to the VA after applying grants, scholarships, discounts, etc., that apply to tuition. The balance is what VA will pay under chapter 33.

Yes! Find out more about visiting campus here.

Yes; you will have the support of your faculty, peers, and a support team of enrollment counselors, academic advisors, and more. Online coursework at the University of Kentucky is built with the flexibility you need to incorporate your education into your schedule.

Your application will not be reviewed until your file is complete. For your application to be eligible for admissions review, submit all required materials including a resume, official and unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a four-page writing sample, and a two-page statement of purpose.

No. You will not receive a W-2 from the VA, and benefits paid under any law administered by VA should not be reported as income to the IRS.

Yes, all certificate programs require an application. Students must apply for the certificate by creating an additional account within the Graduate School’s ApplyYourself application. Contact us for more information.

The University understands the important role that family members play in the support and success of our veterans. The Veterans Resource Center extends its services to those family members in order to assist them in reaching their academic goals. Read more about the benefits for family members here.

Many of our faculty members are experienced, licensed professionals who bring their practice experience to the virtual classroom.

Up to 25% of coursework can be transferred toward program courses or electives (up to 15 credit hours for regular standing and up to 9 for advanced standing).

Generally no, but cases can be reviewed on an individual basis. Please contact your Admissions Counselor for more information.

We are not offering application fee waivers at this time. To be notified of any future fee waivers, speak to an admissions counselor at 833-358-1721.

A hybrid MSW delivery option is available; however, students in the online MSW program are only allowed to take online classes at this time. Call or complete this form to learn more.

Yes. You can learn more about the online MSW program here.

A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for acceptance, but students can petition to appeal if there is a significant reason why the GPA may be lower. If accepted, students need to maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate coursework.

Yes, students may contact the Canvas Student Support Hotline at 1-844-480-0838.

At this time, UK does not provide credits for work experience.

Because the online MSW program is not currently accepting international students, it does not provide visa sponsorship.

Yes, students can transfer credits according to the guidelines for the program.

No, the online MSW program does not follow a cohort model. You can choose the courses you take each term.

Yes, you can take the program full time. Full-time status for graduate students is considered 9 credit hours or more per semester.

Yes, students can take fewer than 9 credit hours per semester for part-time status.

No, there is not a residency component to this online program.

Yes, the online MSW program does offer virtual open houses. These events are held regularly—register to participate in an upcoming virtual open house here.

The online MSW program does not offer concentrations. However, students may choose to complete a certificate or Individualized Plan of Study along with their master’s degree to gain in-depth skills in a specific area of study. Learn more about available certificates and developing an Individualized Plan of Study here.

Yes, there are scholarships available for students completing the online MSW program. Learn more about scholarship opportunities here.

No, there is no entrance exam requirement.

No work experience is required for this online program.

Yes, the University of Kentucky offers job placement opportunities. Career exploration and job search tools can be found here.

Learn more about options to finance your education here.

Read more about applying for financial aid here.

Your first step is to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) here. When you apply, use the University of Kentucky’s Title IV code: 001989.

You don’t. The Yellow Ribbon is part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and is automatically applied if your tuition costs exceed the maximum state cap for tuition reimbursement and you qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate.

Complete the online application and provide:

  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Resume
  • $65 Application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • If you graduated within the past five years, at least one academic reference is required.
    • References you provide should fit the following categories: professor, social work professor, professional social worker/field instructor, and work or volunteer supervisor.
    • Please exclude personal, pastoral, and relative references.
  • 4-page autobiographical personal statement
  • 250-word writing sample on an ethical dilemma

In addition to completing the online application, you will need to prepare application materials including a resume, official and unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a 250-word writing sample, and a three – four page personal statement. Read more about the application process here.

Go to the VA’s education application page and follow their instructions.

If you are a veteran, use the Find a Form link, search and complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits. The VA will send a COE via mail in about 8 weeks.

To access your Certificate of Eligibility (COE), please sign in to your account. Once you log in to your account, you can make this request. You will only be able to view the benefit if you were awarded educational benefits.

Request and provide an official copy of your JST or CCAF transcript during the admissions process, along with your prior college transcripts and high school transcripts so they can be evaluated.

You can order your transcripts using the appropriate military branch link below. Please note that you will likely be prompted to manually accept the DoD’s security certificates.

The online MSW Advanced Standing program can be completed in two semesters, while the Regular Standing program can be completed in 4 semesters with an accelerated format.

Courses offered during the Fall and Spring semesters are 16 weeks, while the Summer session courses are 8 weeks in length.

You have up to 5 years to complete the online MSW program.

The online MSW launched in 2019, and UK’s social work programs have been offered on campus for more than 80 years.

Once you have submitted your complete application file, it typically takes 4–6 weeks to receive an admissions decision.

The Substance Use Disorder and Clinical Social Work Practice certificates are part of the Master of Social Work program. Full-time students can complete the Advanced Standing program in two semesters and the Regular Standing program in 4 semesters in an accelerated format. Part-time students can complete the Advanced Standing program in two years and the Regular Standing program in three years. Accelerated completion options are available with program director approval.

Regular Standing requires three practicum courses and Advanced Standing requires two practicum courses. Each practicum requires 300 hours over 16 weeks.

There are ten courses required for the online MSW Advanced Standing program and 20 for the Regular Standing program. Learn more about the curriculum here.

There are 60 credits for the Regular Standing Online MSW, or 30 for Advanced Standing.

Up to 25% of coursework can be transferred toward either program courses or electives, with up to 15 credit hours for Regular Standing and 9 for Advanced Standing.

We have a large and diverse student body consisting of 22,000 undergraduate learners and 7,000 graduate students, both on-campus and online.

Please contact our VA Certifying Official, Amy Southwood, at or (859) 257-1148.

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It is possible. If you’re authorized to use more than one GI Bill benefit, you’re allowed to use up to 48 months of benefits, but one at a time. If you have used your entire chapter 30 and have never used a different chapter (31, 32, 34, 35, 1606, or 1607), you could be eligible for an additional 12 months if you have not reached your delimiting date.

Yes, the online MSW program is fully CSWE accredited. This affirms our commitment to the core competencies, outcomes, and practices required by the CSWE, the nation’s premier social work accrediting body.

Students can complete the MSW on campus, fully online or in a hybrid format.

Yes. Each degree program is built with the same academic rigor and considers the latest career trends.

Yes, the University of Kentucky is regionally accredited.

No; graduates of the online program receive the same degree as their on-ground counterparts. There is no difference in the diploma, and modality (online) is not mentioned.

The University of Kentucky’s physical campus is based in Lexington, Kentucky.

Yes, and UK is also the proud recipient of three diversity awards. Read more here.

Previous full-time, paid social work-related experience is recommended, but not required for students applying to the Advanced Standing online MSW program.

While not required, we certainly encourage all graduates to participate in commencement ceremonies.

The certificate programs provide a versatile credential that allows you to qualify for a myriad of roles in a variety of settings through career-ready skills that immediately apply to your chosen area of focus.

For Regular Standing, students need:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample
  • Personal Statement

For Advanced Standing, students need:

  • BASW or BSW from a CSWE accredited program within the last seven years
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Social Work GPA of 3.5
  • Graduate GPA of 3.0 if applicable

The start dates for the online MSW program change each year. To learn more about upcoming start dates, call 833-358-1721.

Admission application packets are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year for admission to one of three semesters (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Speak to an admissions counselor for upcoming dates.

The University of Kentucky values teaching and learning, diversity and inclusion, discovery, research and creativity, promotion of health, and deep community engagement. Read more about our Strategic Vision here.

We provide tuition benefits for military members and their families, resources for communicating with the V.A., assistance with the transition to an academic environment, and other resources. Learn more about military benefits here.

  • Undergraduate Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Social Work GPA (if applicable): 3.5
  • Graduate GPA (if applicable): 3.0

A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required; however, students can petition to appeal if there is a significant reason why the GPA falls below that requirement.

A virtual open house includes webinars hosted by our program director or other faculty. They provide an overview of the online program, career paths and outcomes plus Q&A. Register for a virtual open house here.

Application deadlines vary from term to term but are typically about 4 weeks prior to the term start date. We highly recommend you submit your application as soon as possible within your admissions cycle. Any Advanced Standing students intending to start a field practicum in their first fall or spring semester should plan to apply by the priority deadline.

The cost per credit is $693. Students who take 9 or more credits per semester will have a block tuition rate of $6,223 per semester.

FAFSA® is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — a form you will complete to determine eligibility for categories of government-based student aid such as work-study jobs, grants, and scholarships (neither of which require repayment) as well as loans (which need to be repaid). Sallie Mae loans are private loans offered through the Sallie Mae Bank or a lender partner.

Your first step toward application is to create a free online account here. Click here to read more about how to apply.

Licensure pass rates are among the highest in the state of Kentucky, and surpass the national average.

The University of Kentucky is dedicated to improving people’s lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. Learn more about our mission here.

Tuition for the Regular Standing program is $41,580, and Advanced Standing tuition is $20,790 based on a part-time course load. Students can greatly reduce tuition costs by taking nine or more credit hours per semester at a block tuition rate of $6,223 per semester.

The University of Kentucky is regularly listed in many “top” or “best of” categories by national publications or organizations, including  U.S. News & World Report, National Research Council, and Military Times. See more rankings here.

The University of Kentucky is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, call 404-679-4500, or visit ( for questions about the accreditation of the University of Kentucky.

The University of Kentucky’s FAFSA/Title IV code is 001989.

The University of Kentucky is committed to accessible education. Contact the UK Disability Resource Center via e-mail or web. You can find more resources here.

The University of Kentucky is here to ensure your application process and transition to campus is a smooth one. Veterans receive a waived application fee, access to a veterans-only campus orientation class, and individualized assistance applying for V.A. benefits. Active duty military students receive in-state tuition if stationed at Fort Knox or Fort Campbell, plus in-state tuition if enrolled in an online program AND using GI Bill benefits. Learn more about military benefits here.

In an online program, you will interact with faculty and peers through discussions, chats, email, and other modes of communication.

Regionally accredited higher education institutions are predominantly academically oriented, non-profit institutions. Nationally accredited schools are primarily for-profit and offer vocational, career, or technical programs. The type of accreditation your school has is especially important if you are looking at transferring credits or your degree.

The University of Kentucky was founded in 1865.

Applicants are typically notified of their acceptance decision in about 4–6 weeks after submission.

The University of Kentucky is located in Lexington, Kentucky.

If you have any questions regarding tuition and financial aid, please request more information or call to speak with an admissions counselor.

If you have any questions, call 833-358-1721 to speak with a knowledgeable admissions counselor or complete a request for more information.

No, you will earn the same diploma as our on-campus students.

For technical support, students can contact University of Kentucky Information Technology Services. For technical assistance in the MSW fully online courses only, please contact the Personal Support Center (PSC), which is available 24/7 at 1-833-358-1721 or via email.

No; UK graduates earn the same diploma as on-campus students.

Yes, the online MSW will prepare students for licensure, but remember that each state has different policies that should be referenced.

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