Welcome From the Director

The University Of Kentucky College Of Social Work welcomes your interest in our MSW program. Our outstanding program offers the opportunity for highly motivated and committed individuals to gain the valuable knowledge and skills necessary for advanced-level social work practice in a wide variety of settings.

In addition to the required foundational courses, students will focus their education in one of two concentration areas: Clinical Social Work and Community and Social Development. Our MSW program is offered in multiple locations. In addition to the Lexington campus program, you may also pursue the MSW on our extended campus sites at Morehead State University, and in the Southeastern Kentucky Region. More information about the University of Kentucky and the College of Social Work can be found in our view book (pdf).

Please note that in order to be considered for admission to the MSW program, you must apply to both the Graduate School and the College of Social Work. International students should check requirements with the Graduate School (pay particular attention to the TOEFL requirements under the "Application Materials" link). We cannot make a decision on your application until all materials have been received. Our Graduate Admissions Officer, Desha Scanlon, is available to answer your questions and provide you guidance throughout the application process. Ms. Scanlon can be reached through any of the following contacts: Desha Scanlon, 613 Patterson Office Tower, or telephone her at 859-257-6652. Items needed for your application are listed on our application instructions page along with application deadlines.

The faculty at the College of Social Work is dedicated to preparing you to face the challenges of the future. It is our mission to educate social work professionals who are committed to the elimination of social injustice and inequality. If our mission is your mission, we hope you will consider the University of Kentucky College of Social Work for your graduate education. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions about our program or the application process.


Carlton Craig, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies