The University of Kentucky's online CSWE- accredited MSW program combines flexible online learning with a rigorous curriculum that prepares graduates for advanced social work practice. The MSW program emphasizes engaging others, uses evidence-informed intervention strategies, embraces diversity and aspects of justice while equipping students to improve communities through social change.
Options for an advanced-standing program (30 credits) and a 60-credit regular standing program give experienced social workers and passionate newcomers alike the practical skills needed to be effective in the field.
Program graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate ethical, professional judgement in the delivery of quality practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
- Respect how diversity and difference shape the human experience and impact all levels of practice.
- Appreciate and seek to advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice.
- Recognize the roles of quantitative and qualitative research methods and their contribution in advancing social work practice.
- Succeed as analysts, planners, advocates, leaders, and change agents in policy development and implementation within the micro, mezzo and macro levels.
- Utilize and apply social work knowledge and values to effectively engage, assess, intervene and evaluate practice at all levels.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for social workers will grow by 16 percent from 2016 to 2026. The University of Kentucky's MSW program gives students the adaptable skill set to take advantage of opportunities across the many practice areas and settings of this fast-growing, dynamic field.
The University of Kentucky's CSWE-accredited online MSW prepares students for effective advanced practice across the micro-macro continuum with diverse populations.
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
School Accreditation & Licensing
University of Kentucky is accredited by:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Essay/Writing Sample, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Statement of Purpose/Intent
- Applicants must possess a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program, earned within the last seven years.