Master of Social Work
With KU’s Master of Social Work, you will be prepared to apply your passion for helping people in a fulfilling career promoting personal, family and community well-being. The MSW prepares you for advanced specialized clinical practice and leadership roles in diverse social situations. The 64 credit (44 credit for advanced standing) MSW program may be completed in a variety of face to face and online formats for full and part-time schedules including an executive schedule design.
Social workers provide invaluable service on the front lines of mental health, addiction, conflict resolution, advocacy and community development. Their work environments and areas of specialization range from private practice, health organizations, schools, mental health organizations, children and youth agencies, nursing homes, veterans services, prisons, substance misuse clinics, and human services agencies.
Working closely with our engaged faculty, you’ll learn the researched and proven ways to solve problems for the greater good—one family at a time. You’ll collaborate with faculty and human service providers to provide service to persons at risk, intervene with families in crisis, make connections and change the social environment to support the families of today and tomorrow.
The advanced year provides a concentration, developing depth, breadth and specificity in
Potential areas of specialization are wide and varied:
Sample Career Options
I loved that the instructors brought in their own personal experience in the field and you can tell how compassionate they all are.Ashley Swiezak, BSW graduate, MSW student
The social work department has provided me not only a great professional education, but a great personal experience as well. The professors and administrators are always willing to help and set a great example of what a social worker should embody.Sydnee Peters, MSW graduate
Fall semester: August 1st
Spring semester: December 1st
Summer sessions: May 1st
Student Learning Outcomes
Students upon completion of a Master of Social Work will:
1. demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
2. engage diversity and difference in practice.
3. advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
4. engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
5. engage in policy practice.
6. engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
7. individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
8. with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
9. practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.