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Be a Jayhawk Social Worker

The KU School of Social Welfare has been preparing students for careers in social work for over 85 years. It is the top-ranked, longest-accredited social work program in Kansas.

KU is the only program in the state to offer social work degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels: BSW, MSW, DSW and PhD.

No matter which degree they pursue or where they attend classes, KU social work students have access to newly revised courses and student support services. At graduation, they join an extensive network of Jayhawk Social Workers.

Study Social Work at KU

Ready to learn more? Explore our degree programs, request a program guide or sign up for an info session.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Offered at KU campuses in Lawrence and Overland Park, the BSW curriculum prepares graduates for beginning generalist social work practice with individuals, groups, organizations and communities.

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

KU’s fully accredited MSW program is available at Lawrence, Edwards, Pittsburg, Salina and online. Students choose one of two broad specializations: clinical social work practice or social work macro practice.

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Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD)

The PhD in Social Work at the Lawrence campus aims to prepare students to become leaders in advancing social work practice and policy through research, teaching and scholarship. PhD students receive guaranteed tuition support.

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Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

The fully online DSW program at KU aims to produce expert practitioner-scholars who teach, supervise, and mentor; assume leadership roles in social work practice settings; and generate and disseminate social work practice knowledge.

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Tuition, Aid & Scholarships

Tuition & Aid

Make your education plan a reality by knowing your estimated tuition, fees and common expenses.

Scholarships & Funding

Funding sources include scholarships from the School of Social Welfare. The School offers three scholars programs, which provide funding and professional development.

Application Help

Drop-in help sessions for grad apps.
Questions about your MSW, DSW or PhD application? Sign up for an Application Help Session.
Application Help Sessions

Ready to Apply to KU?

The application for KU undergraduates opens on July 1. Applications for the MSW, DSW and PhD programs open on Oct. 1.

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Get in Touch

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