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University of Kansas School of Social Welfare

Educating, training and supporting qualified, compassionate social workers.

Be a Jayhawk Social Worker

Explore our academic programs and learn get ready to apply for an undergraduate or graduate degree in social work.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Our master's program prepares graduates for advanced social work practice in clinical or macro specializations. Students can pursue their degree full-time or part-time, both on campus and online.

A small group of students study at the Edwards Campus

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Majoring in social work at KU prepares students for entry-level social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. KU offers the undergraduate BSW program in Lawrence and the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

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Doctoral Programs

The online Doctor of Social Work (DSW) is a practice doctorate focused on teaching, leadership and translational science. The Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) is an in-person program focused on research, scholarship and education.

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Resources for Current Students

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Current Student Resources

KU Social Welfare Stories

Pegah Naemi Jimenez wins research achievement award

Pegah Naemi Jimenez wins Research Achievement Award

Naemi Jimenez’s scholarship focuses on cross-system approaches and community-engaged research that addresses social problems experienced by children and families in marginalized communities.
Three graduates of the Integrated Health Scholars Program shared their stories from the program

Alumni Stories from the Integrated Health Scholars Program

Nearly 250 graduates of the Integrated Health Scholars program are now providing integrated health care to under-served communities in Kansas and western Missouri. Hear from recent graduates of the program.

Partnerships Equip More Social Workers to Serve Rural Kansas

MSW students taking classes through partnership programs at Pittsburg State University and K-State Salina answer the call for more social workers in underserved communities.

Latest News

School of Social Welfare senior Brianna Herrera

BSW Student Spotlight: Brianna Herrera

is a senior pursuing her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. ...

School of Social Welfare alumni Kelly G. Loeb

Alumni spotlight: Kelly G. Loeb

School of Social Welfare alumni Kelly G. Loeb's career was inspired by her late grandmother, who had Alzheimer's.
School of Social Welfare senior Juliana Kuhn

BSW Student Spotlight: Juliana Kuhn

Juliana Kuhn is a senior pursuing her BSW at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare.
Dr. Nancy Jo Kepple

Dr. Nancy Kepple awarded 2024 Suzanne and Harry Statland Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship

Dr. Kepple’s academic work delves into understanding the social ramifications of the availability, distribution, and utilization of psychoactive substances, particularly within the realm of child maltreatment.

Research Impact

KU social welfare projects received $8 million in new funding in 2022.
Faculty and research staff completed 72 scholarly research presentations in 2022.
50 students worked on research projects in 2022.
Magnolia trees bloom in front of the KU School of Social Welfare

Discoveries That Transform Lives

Research at the KU School of Social Welfare reaches across the state of Kansas and beyond.

Research & Service

Serving Our Communities

monetary value of social service volunteer hours in Kansas (2022-23)
practicum hours completed by KU social work students in 2022-23
sponsored research funding going directly to Kansas partners (2023)

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