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For more than 50 years, the Master of Social Work degree has prepared graduates for advanced social work practice in clinical social work practice and social work administration. 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 as they develop their capacities to support and enhance the quality of life for all people. The graduate M.S.W. degree program at KU's School of Social Welfare is consistently ranked in the top 20 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report, and is the most comprehensive social work degree in the state of Kansas. Our faculty are recognized internationally for their expertise in many areas including adult mental health, child welfare, aging and long-term care, spiritual diversity in social work, and assets and education.

The M.S.W. advanced standing program may be completed either on the main KU campus in Lawrence or the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS. The Western Kansas M.S.W. program will be offering the advanced standing program in summer 2017. The Western Kansas M.S.W. program is made possible through a partnership between Fort Hays State University and KU and in cooperation with Garden City Community College.

The advanced standing Master of Social Work degree is a one year program that 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 macro practice aimed at macro-level practice. Part-time students may complete the program in two years (see Completion Plans). The advanced standing program admits individuals with bachelor’s degrees in social work (B.S.W. degrees) with strong academic records. Applicants generally have relevant post-degree work experience.


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