College of Social Work

Social Work - Graduate

39

credit hours

Advance Standing Program for BASW graduates

60

credit hours

Regular Program for all other undergraduate degrees

2

Concentration Models

Clinical or Community & Social Development

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Dr. Jarod Giger

Director of Graduate Studies (Master's Program)

College of Social Work

Steven P. Adkins, MA

College of Social Work

MSW Admissions/Academic Advisor

College of Social Work

University of Kentucky College of Social Work

619 Patterson Office Tower

Lexington, Kentucky, 40506-0027

Program website

(859) 257-1971

  • MSW

The College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky offers an innovative and exciting MSW curriculum based on ethical imperatives, research to practice and sound assessments and interventions. Its aim is to equip MSW graduates for the tasks and responsibilities they will encounter in professional Social Work Practice. The MSW program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and has been since 1970. Students may attend classes on UK’s main campus in Lexington, at Morehead State University, or at the UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health-Hazard in Southeast Kentucky.

Career Opportunities in Social Work

YOU can make a difference!

  • Administration
  • Adoption
  • Advocacy
  • Child Welfare
  • Community Outreach
  • Counselor
  • Criminal Justice
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Education
  • Foster Care
  • Gerontology
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • International Social Work
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Mental Health Case Worker
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Public Health Outreach
  • School Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse
  • Poverty
  • Public Policy
  • Veterans and Military Families

 

Graduating May 2016. She is also the proud recipient of the 2015-2016 McNair Scholars Fellowship, and a participant in the Integrated Behavioral Health Track in the Clinical Social Work concentration. A Chicago native, she received her BSW from Southern Illinois University. While at Southern Illinois University, she earned the distinct honor of being named social work student of the year for 2015.

Siedah McNeil

Advanced standing MSW student

Advanced Standing (39 credit hours) Admission Requirements

To be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing, applicants must have received their BASW or BSW from a CSWE accredited program within the last 5 years and present Grade Point Averages (GPA) at or above the following (firm) minimums:

Undergraduate GPA 3.0
Social Work GPA 3.5
Graduate GPA (if applicable) 3.0

Advanced Standing may be completed full-time (beginning in the Summer term) or part-time (beginning in the Fall term).

Candidates who are not admitted to Advanced Standing usually can be automatically considered for the Regular 60-credit program. Additionally at least 1 year of previous full-time paid social work-related experience is recommended.

Advance Standing Application Deadline

February 1st, 2018


Regular (60 credit hours) Admission Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Regular Program, applicants must have received their Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and present a Grade Point Average (GPA) at or above the following minimums:

Undergraduate GPA 3.0
Social Work GPA (if applicable) 3.0
Graduate GPA (if applicable) 3.0

The Regular Program may be completed full-time or part-time, beginning in the Fall term. 

If your past academic performance does not meet one or more of the GPA standards for admission to the 60-credit hour program, then you must complete the Petition for Exceptional Consideration, in addition to the other application components described below.

Regular Program Application Deadline

February 15, 2018
 


Application Materials

Please note that the admission procedures are the same for both 60-Hour MSW degree program and the advanced standing.

Transcripts:
You will be asked to upload copies of transcripts from all higher education institutions attended and, in the case of domestic students, to self-report cumulative GPA’s for each institution. If you are offered admission and decide to enroll you will then be required to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School.
 
Letters of Recommendation:
The MSW Program at the University of Kentucky requires applicants to provide three references. These references must be obtained from individuals in the following categories:
• Professor
• Social Work Professor
• Professional Social Worker/Field Instructor
• Work or Volunteer Supervisor
Please exclude personal, pastoral and relative references. If you graduated within the past 5 years you must provide at least one academic reference. As part of the online application you will be asked to supply email contact information for your three references.
 
Writing Sample (uploaded electronic document)
In 250 words or less, describe an ethical dilemma you encountered in either your professional or personal past. Identify and define the ethical problem, the parties involved, the values you relied upon to make your decisions, and how the dilemma was resolved. Explain how the outcome has affected you and any lessons you learned.
 
Personal Statement Autobiography (uploaded electronic document)
Your autobiography should be approximately four pages in length, double-spaced, and the following topics must be addressed within the narrative:
  1. Motivation for social service, social work education, and a career in the profession: State your reasons for wanting to pursue an MSW degree. Why are you applying to the University of Kentucky College Of Social Work? What are your social service interests and career goals?
  2. Personal life experiences and relevant events: Briefly describe your personal history as it relates to your interest in the profession of social work. What do you consider to be your particular strengths, skills and abilities that will contribute to your success in this field?
  3. Capacities for professional social work education: Briefly describe your professional, volunteer and/or educational history as it relates to your capacity for success in graduate study in the field of social work. What characteristics, circumstances, or challenges could serve to enhance or limit your capacity to pursue graduate level education in the field of social work?
Personal Resume (uploaded electronic document)
Please list in resumé format your work and volunteer experience.
 
Prequesite courses: Statistics, Psychology and Sociology
 
Access the Graduate School Application here.

Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Track

The Integrated Behavioral Health Track is the result of an Integrated Behavioral Healthcare (IBH) Education and Training Grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

With our community partners, our team will work to improve access to integrated behavioral health services (IBH) in primary care settings for all ages in rural and/or medically underserved communities by increasing the number of IBH trained social workers entering the workforce. 

  • A new MSW curriculum will be implemented on all our campuses:  Lexington (Main), Morehead, Ashland, Hazard, and Prestonsburg
  • IBH Field sites/placements will be expanded in Fayette county and Eastern Kentucky
  • Student and health professional interprofessional healthcare education will be offered

All full-time and part-time MSW students enrolled on main and all off-campus sites will be eligible to apply for this stipend-supported specialized MSW IBH education and training.

Recruitment is occurring now and the first IBH cohort will be admitted in Fall 2018!

 

Meet our IBH MSW Education and Training Grant Team:

 Karen Badger, PhD, MSW (P.I.), College of Health Sciences

Professor Pam Weeks, JD, MSW (Co-I), College of Social Work

Bill Elder, PhD (Co-I), College of Medicine

Jarod Giger, PhD, MSW (Co-I), College of Social Work

For additional details:
Visit our website: https://socialwork.uky.edu/msw/integrated-behavioral-health-track-program/  

Contact:  Steven Adkins, MSW Program Advisor, steven.adkins@uky.edu

                  Lynn Hunter, LCSW, Clinical Field Coordinator, lynn.hunter@uky.edu  


Contact

Dr. Jarod Giger

Director of Graduate Studies (Master's Program)

College of Social Work

Steven P. Adkins, MA

College of Social Work

MSW Admissions/Academic Advisor

College of Social Work

University of Kentucky College of Social Work

619 Patterson Office Tower

Lexington, Kentucky, 40506-0027

(859) 257-1971