Built upon the commitment to a strengths perspective of social work practice, the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree 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 macro 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 six classroom courses and a two-semester practicum that reflects the generalist intent.
At the advanced level, M.S.W. 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 the student's choice of concentration.
Full-time students complete the social work degree program in two years. Students admitted for part-time study may extend the program for up to four years (see Completion Plans). The regular M.S.W. part-time and full-time programs are offered on both the main KU campus in Lawrence or at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS. The regular M.S.W. full-time program is also offered through the Western Kansas M.S.W Program on either the Fort Hays State University campus in Hays, KS or the Garden City Community College Campus in Garden City, KS in 2018. On the Lawrence campus, morning and afternoon classes are offered on weekdays. On the KU Edwards Campus, students can complete the M.S.W. curriculum in afternoon, evening and Saturday classes. On the Western Kansas campus, students complete the M.S.W. curriculum in a blended courses format, which combines online and in class learning.