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Our Vision & Mission

With each relationship, we vow to be a true partner by providing a diverse, equitable and safe environment that encourages forward-thinking and creates inclusive experiences that drive social change.

Our Vision & Mission

Let's Partner

As a School within a comprehensive, premier research university, we continually strive to reinvent, innovate, transform and educate through
Dean Michelle Mohr Carney

Driven by our guiding principles and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we strive daily to achieve our vision that all individuals, families and communities utilize their power to achieve justice, equity and well-being.

Michelle Mohr Carney
Dean and Professor

A Foundation of Strengths

Offer innovative programming that graduates and supports uniquely qualified and compassionate social workers


Ranked in the top 12% of public graduate institutions
years providing exceptional social work education
of students perform above or excel in all competency areas
students sitting in grass by Fraiser Hall

Future Students

Providing exceptional social work education for 83 years making KU the longest running program and the only comprehensive, premier research School of Social Welfare in the state

Graduates dressed in Regalia with Christina Boyd, Coordinator for Strategic Initiatives and Instructor-MSW Program, at the Lied Center getting lining up for graduation ceremony

Current Students  

Our MSW graduates exceed licensure pass rates by 10% each year and 97% of our undergraduates and 85% of our master's graduates secured employment immediately or decide to continue their education after graduation

Resources for Current Students

Next Steps

Whether you are just starting your search or you know you are ready to apply, we are here for you each step of the way.

A Vision of Justice

Drive discoveries that TRANSFORM LIVES


grant funds in FY20
scholarly research presentations in FY20
published and in-press publications in FY20

Advancing Research

Research Clusters were designed to foster an integrated and inclusive environment for scholarship and research. Research Clusters work towards advancing the science and knowledge base of social work through collaboration, curriculum, scholarship and research.
Michael Riquino giving research presentation to a crowd in Garden City

A Mission of Change

Embrace our responsibility to promote social, economic, and environmental justice in Kansas, the nation and the world.


Locations offering the MSW program & expanding to rural communities
Children & parents served from all 4 federally recognized tribes in KS
given back to Kansas each year in social service volunteer hours
Policy Summit Panel at the BEST Conference Center at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park

Community Impact

Increasing transformative experiences through holistic support and DEI centered culture. Increasing research productivity around serious societal needs. Increasing community engagement and partnerships as international leaders in social work.

Community Engagement

Collaborate with us

We strive to be the ultimate advocate who serves the needs of our communities, equitably and honestly by collaborating to transform practice and policy through evaluation, training and technical assistance, and professional development.

Social Welfare News

Research Impact Talks presented by Social Welfare Research Office

Research Impact Talks

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s Research Office will host a series of Research Impact Talks highlighting current School research and community practice in areas related to social work.
The KU School of Social Welfare expresses our support for members of marginalized communities facing oppression, trauma, and violence

Condemning the Destruction of the University of Kansas Common Work of Art, “Native Hosts”

The School of Social Welfare stands in solidarity with the Lawrence and Kansas Indigenous communities in condemning the destruction of the University of Kansas Common Work of Art, “Native Hosts”.
Grand Challenges for Social Work Event Series

KU School of Social Welfare hosts Grand Challenges for Social Work Event Series

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s Center for Community Engagement and Collaboration (CCEC) will host a series of interactive panels highlighting current School research and community practice in areas related to the Grand Challenges for Social Work.

Upcoming Events