Master of Social Work

Built upon the commitment to a strengths perspective of social work practice, the Master of Social Work program offers educational opportunities for those who wish to expand their skills in helping individuals and communities develop their capacities to support and enhance the quality of life for all people. The school recognizes that individuals with a natural skill in helping come from all backgrounds and encourages them to apply.

The Master of Social Work degree prepares graduates for advanced social work practice in 1 of 2 broad areas — clinical social work practice with individuals, families, and groups or social work administrative and advocacy practice aimed at macro-level practice. The first level of the master’s curriculum is a generalist foundation required of all students. The foundation consists of 6 classroom courses and a 2-semester practicum that reflects the generalist intent.

At the advanced level, students choose a concentration in clinical social work practice with a focus in a particular field of practice — child and family, health/mental health, aging — or social work administrative and advocacy practice. The advanced-level practicum implements students’ choice of concentration.

Full-time regular M.S.W. students complete the program in 2 years. Students admitted for part-time study may extend the program for up to 4 years.

The Advanced-Standing Program admits individuals with B.S.W. degrees with strong academic records. Applicants generally have relevant post-degree work experience.

The regular M.S.W. program is available full time or part time. Part-time students complete the program in either 3 or 4 years. On the KU Edwards Campus, students can complete the M.S.W. curriculum in morning, afternoon, evening, and Saturday classes. On the Lawrence campus, morning and afternoon classes are offered on weekdays.

The M.S.W. program offers blended courses, combining face-to-face and online learning with in-class attendance.

Postgraduate Education Options

A special program has been created to help meet the continuing education needs of professional social workers in the community. For more information, see the Professional and Community Education Program.

Contact Info

Master of Social Work Program

Twente Hall
1545 Lilac Lane, Room 108
Lawrence, KS 66045-3129
M.S.W. site
Edward Scanlon, M.S.W. Program Director
Becky Hofer, Director of Admissions
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