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Master of Social Work Online

Program Overview

Social change. Social justice. Social work.

Having a positive impact on people and communities starts with a passion for helping others. Build on this natural desire to make a difference with the skill set necessary to take action by earning your CSWE – accredited online Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Social Work.

Having a positive impact on people and communities starts with a passion for helping others. Build on this natural desire to make a difference with the skill set necessary to take action by earning your CSWE – accredited online Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Social Work.

Regular Standing MSW – ACCELERATED FORMAT

FORMAT 100% Online

TOTAL CREDITS 60

PROGRAM LENGTH 4 semesters

CERTIFICATE OPTION Yes

Advanced Standing MSW – ACCELERATED FORMAT

FORMAT 100% Online

TOTAL CREDITS 30

PROGRAM LENGTH 2 semesters

CERTIFICATE OPTION Yes

Become a Change Agent

In as few as 2 semesters, you can complete our Advanced Standing program in an accelerated format and develop your ability to support people from diverse backgrounds while engaging in social work practice that truly advances the ideals of human rights and social justice.

The College of Social Work offers CSWE-accredited Regular and Advanced Standing MSW programs in several modalities: on campus, online, and hybrid. The high quality education remains the same no matter how you access the curriculum.

Graduate ready to provide research-informed support at any scale—from serving individuals directly to coordinating organizational practice. Or, explore macro-level social work and drive positive change in social policy and large-scale systems of care.

Wherever you head next, connect with people and communities to assess needs, intervene with essential support, and evaluate your work lives.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with jobs projected to grow at a rate of 16 percent through 2026—about double the national average—social workers are in high demand to provide support across educational settings, family services, health care settings, and policymaking.1

Graduate with the confidence to make change across a variety of social work roles. Plus, you will be prepared to sit for your social work licensure exam at an institution where licensure pass rates set the bar in the Commonwealth and surpass the national average.

A professional licensure or certification may be required to practice, advance, or specialize in social work. However, educational requirements for licensure vary by state. View more information on social work licensure here.

Careers and Salaries

Curriculum: Built for Impact

If your bachelor’s degree is in social work, you can apply to our 30-credit Advanced Standing program, allowing you to complete your master’s degree in just 2 semesters. We also offer a 60-credit Regular Standing program for students with bachelor’s degrees in other fields.

No matter which program path you pursue, you will explore ways to ensure ethical, effective social work practice in any community or organization. Navigate complex issues like poverty, inequality, and injustice, and learn to apply the theory behind psychopathology, effective policy, direct service, and group practice. Enhance your experience with a hands-on series of practicums guided by a faculty field professor and an agency field instructor.

Our online MSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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Admission Requirements

You don’t need to take the GRE or have previous work experience to apply for the MSW program at UK. Admission requirements include:

  • Application Form
  • 3.0 minimum overall GPA (both Regular and Advanced Standing programs)
  • 3.5 social work curriculum GPA (Advanced Standing program only)
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field (Regular Standing program)
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work (Advanced Standing program)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 4-page autobiographical personal statement
  • 250-word writing sample on an ethical dilemma
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Tuition & Financial Aid

With a cost per credit hour of $685, the total tuition is $41,100 for the 60-credit Regular Standing program or $20,550 for the 30-credit Advanced Standing program.

We’re here to support you in your commitment to academic excellence and connect you with a variety of forms of financial aid—from federal loans to scholarships and military benefits.

Note that additional fees may apply, and total tuition will depend on factors such as number of credits taken, and time to complete. Tuition rates are subject to annual changes.

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Military Student Support

The flexible nature of our online Master of Social Work (MSW) program is ideal for students who are military service members or veterans. With faculty who have military backgrounds, courses specific to the issues that are most relevant to you, and military-specific benefits, like a Veteran Resource Center, our mission is to support your academic success.

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Faculty: Learn From Experience

UK faculty understand the theory behind social work and the realities of professional practice in the field—many of them are experienced, licensed professionals who bring their practice experience to the virtual classroom.

Learn from professors committed to the ideals of justice and equity in social work. Engage directly with your professors and work with a field advisor to cultivate hands-on experience.

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You’re likely to have questions as you make your decision about pursuing an online degree. From program information to application process details, we’re here to help you find the answers you need.

Why Choose UK Online?

Join the Big Blue Nation

Joining the online MSW at UK means joining a tradition of excellence where you can build your career with confidence—all while learning online at your own pace. With experienced faculty, thoughtfully designed curriculum, and the highest licensure exam pass rate in the Commonwealth, we make sure you graduate ready for real-world practice.

How to Apply

Submitting an application to UK is as simple as creating an online account, submitting undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other supporting materials, then paying your $65 application fee. You can expect to receive a decision 2–3 weeks after you apply.

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