MSW Program Curriculum


The University of Kentucky Master’s in Social Work program offers an innovative and exciting curriculum based on ethical imperatives, research to practice, and sound assessments.

Foundation Courses (21 Hours)

  • Practice with Individuals
  • Practice with Families                        
  • Practice with Groups
  • Research Methods
  • Ethics
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Foundation Practicum

Bridge Courses (6 hours)

These courses are required of all MSW students. They are designed to respond to the practical reality that substance misuse and mental health challenges impact social work practice with all types of client populations in all types of practice settings.

  • Substance Misuse
  • Psychopathology

Concentration Courses

Clinical Social Work (27 Hours) focuses on applied clinical decision-making, advanced assessment and study or psychopathology, and the development and utilization of empirical evidence in the design and delivery of clinical services.

  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Advanced Research
  • Assessment and Treatment
  • Treatment Modalities
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Advanced Practicum I & II

Community and Social Development (27 Hours) focuses on preparing students to work in multidisciplinary settings to build community assets and better respond to the changing needs of residents.

  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Advanced Research
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Advanced Policy
  • Community Assessment
  • Community Interventions
  • Advanced Practicum I & II

Curriculum Models

Past Curriculum models can be found here.