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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
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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

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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

Family Strong Aims to Prevent Family Crisis and Keep Kids in their Homes

Family Strong

The Family Strong demonstration project will focus on eight counties in southeast Kansas, a region where the out-of-home foster care placements for children are nearly double that in the rest of the state.
Toni Johnson Scholars for Racial and Social Justice Helps Prepare Students to Have Big Impact in Social Welfare

Toni Johnson Scholars for Racial and Social Justice

Launched in the fall of 2021, the Toni Johnson Scholars program supports students pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s in social welfare who have experienced marginalization and oppression and Ph.D. students pursuing research on racial justice.
Professor Documents the Stories of Young African Refugees' Trek to Italy

Professor Documents the Stories of Young African Refugees' Trek to Italy

Terry Koenig documents the stories of young African refugees' trek to Italy as part of "The Long Road Out of Africa: Inclusion and Identity in Como, Italy."

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