The College of Social Work offers a graduate curriculum of full-time and part-time study, leading to the Master of Social Work degree in accordance with Plan B. This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The MSW degree is designed to prepare students for advanced practice in the field of social work.
Students must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School, as listed elsewhere in this Bulletin, as well as other specific requirements of the College of Social Work for the Master of Social Work degree as indicated below.
1. Applicants who do not qualify for advanced standing must earn 60 hours of credit with a grade-point average of B or above. Fifty-four of these credits must be in the required social work courses for the Family/Community Concentration and students complete six hours of electives. Fifty-seven credits in required social work courses are needed for the Mental Health Concentration and students complete three hours of electives.
Minimum academic requirements for admission to the 60-hour program are: baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with a grade point average of 3.0, a grade point average of 3.0 on all graduate work attempted, and submission of official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants with less than a 3.0 UGPA will be placed in a "Waiting List" pool where the minimum GPA requirement for admission is the Graduate School's 2.75 GPA. Only a limited number of applicants will be admitted from this pool.
All applicants must complete the College's application form and the Graduate School's application form, submit transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, three letters of recommendation, as well as autobiographical and values statements.
2. Advanced standing of 22 credit hours may be granted in the Master of Social Work program to graduates of social work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education who earned:
a) an overall 3.0 GPA
b) a 3.5 GPA in their social work major
c) a minimum GRE score of 800 (Verbal plus Quantitative).
Additionally, some work experience is preferred.
All MSW students must complete the final comprehensive examination. This examination consists of an intensive written review of the student's educational program to determine the breadth and depth of knowledge acquired for professional practice.
The College offers a program leading to a Ph.D. degree through the Joint UK-UofL Ph.D. in Social Work Program which draws upon the academic resources of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville and is offered at both locations. This program is nationally unique and innovative in the incorporation of technology for fostering joint administrative and instructional activities.
A joint committee approves selection of students for the program; qualifying exams and dissertation committees are made up of professors from both universities.
The program consists of a minimum of 44 credits of post-master's course work plus 18 hours of dissertation research. Students are required to complete a core curriculum of 26 hours and to pass the Preliminary Exam. Students work on an individualized plan of study of 15 credit hours that includes scholarly study of an area of social work practice or research (9 credit hours) and pertinent research and teaching practica (6 credit hours). These courses assist the student in developing a dissertation research plan. Students are also required to complete a course on teaching (3 credit hours). After meeting these requirements, students take the Qualifying Examination which consists of a defense of the dissertation proposal. After successfully passing the Qualifying Exam, 18 hours of dissertation research and a dissertation must be completed.
The major aim of the program is to produce scholars with skills to expand the base of tested knowledge that can guide the profession of social work in addressing major social problems as well as to meet the challenges facing the doctoral level researcher, educator, and practitioner. The program emphasizes theory development and research.
Core Curriculum (29 credit hours)
Theory Development in the Social Work Profession (3)
Advanced Analysis of Social Welfare Problems (3)
Human Behavior & Change Theories (3)
Ethics, Social Work & Society (3)
Social Work Research I (3)
Social Work Research II (3)
Statistics (e.g., STA 570) (3-4)
Statistics for Social Work II (3)
Professional Seminar I (1)
Professional Seminar II (1)
Teaching in Social Work (3)
Individualized Plan of Study (15 credit hours)
Course work in an area of scholarly study (9)
Research/Teaching Practica (3 hrs. must be in research) (6)
Dissertation Research (18)
Applicants must have career objectives consistent with the social work profession and demonstrate strong potential to complete a vigorous academic program as evidenced in the following:
a master's degree in social work from a program accredited by or judged to be equivalent by CSWE (applicants with other master's degrees can also be considered);
at least two years' post-master's full-time, paid experience in social work preferred;
an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a graduate GPA of 3.5;
official transcripts from each college/university attended;
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores of 1,000 when verbal and quantitative sections are summed;
three letters of reference (two academic and one from employer)
a writing sample or publication
an autobiography that describes career and research interests and the rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree.
SW 505 CHILD WELFARE SERVICES (2-3)
SW 510 MENTAL HEALTH KNOWLEDGE FOR THE SOCIAL PROFESSIONS (2-3)
SW 513 INTEGRATED SERVICES FOR THE HANDICAPPED (3)
SW 514 ALCOHOLISM AND PROBLEM DRINKING (2-3)
SW 515 MEDICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITIES I (SAME AS RC 515) (3)
SW 516 MEDICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITIES II (SAME AS RC 516) (3)
SW 523 SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES ON RACISM AND ETHNIC PREJUDICES IN AMERICA (2-3)
SW 560 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN JUVENILE JUSTICE (3)
SW 571 SOCIAL WORK AND THE LAW (3)
SW 595 COOPERATIVE SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION (0)
SW 580 TOPICAL SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK (2-4)
SW 600 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I (3)
SW 601 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II (3)
SW 603 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH (2)
SW 605 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN HEALTH SERVICES (2)
SW 608 INTRO TO MSW PRACTICE (2)
SW 611 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN MENTAL HEALTH (2-3)
SW 612 SEMINAR ON SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH WOMEN (2-3)
SW 613 URBAN ECOLOGY AND AGING (2-3)
SW 614 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH PEOPLE WITH AIDS (2-3)
SW 616 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN SCHOOL SETTINGS (2-3)
SW 617 FAMILY VIOLENCE: SOCIAL WORK INTERVENTIONS (2-3)
SW 618 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH GAY AND LESBIAN PEOPLE (2-3)
SW 620 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (3)
SW 623 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH GROUPS (2-3)
SW 624 PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN SEXUALITY (SAME AS FAM 624) (3)
SW 625 INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION (3)
SW 626 FORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH: EVALUATION AND TREATMENT (2-3)
SW 630 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SERVICES (3)
SW 635 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL ETHICS (2)
SW 640 FOUNDATION PRACTICUM (4)
SW 641 GRADUATE EDUCATIONAL PRACTICUM II (5)
SW 643 BIOMEDICAL ASPECTS OF AGING (SAME AS GRN 643) (3)
SW 650 RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK (3)
SW 680 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (2-6)
SW 700 ADULT ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT (3)
SW 701 ASSET-BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT (2-3)
SW 702 SUBSTANCE MISUSE, VIOLENCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT (3)
SW 704 CHILD ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT (3)
SW 720 SOCIAL WORK PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY (2)
SW 722 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY FOR SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (3)
SW 727 SOCIAL WORK ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION IN FAMILY PROBLEMS (3)
SW 730 MENTAL HEALTH POLICY (3)
SW 731 COMMUNITY AND FAMILY POLICY (3)
SW 735 INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR (2)
SW 736 ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (2)
SW 740 MENTAL HEALTH CONCENTRATION PRACTICUM (4)
SW 741 FAMILY AND COMMUNITY CONCENTRATION PRACTICUM (4)
SW 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)
SW 750 RESEARCH DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I (3)
SW 751 RESEARCH DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION II (3)
SW 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)
SW 770 DOCTORAL RESEARCH I (3)
SW 771 DOCTORAL RESEARCH II (3)
SW 773 DOCTORAL STATISTICS II (3)
SW 780 INDEPENDENT WORK (1-6)
SW 781 THEORY DEVELOPMENT IN THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION (3)
SW 782 ADVANCED ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS, POLICY AND PRACTICE (3)
SW 783 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND CHANGE THEORIES IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (3)
SW 784 ETHICS, SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIETY (3)
SW 785 PROSEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH (1)
SW 786 DOCTORAL RESEARCH PRACTICUM (3-6)
SW 787 DOCTORAL TEACHING PRACTICUM (3-6)
SW 788 RESEARCH IN SOCIAL WORK SEMINAR (3)
SW 790 SEMINAR IN TEACHING AND LEARNING (3)
SW 795 ADVANCED DOCTORAL SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)