For over 60 years, the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare has provided leadership and innovation in professional social work education. Our social work programs at the BSW, MSW, and PhD levels are consistently rated as excellent by experts and alumni, and, especially, by those who employ our graduates. Whether they enter the arena of professional social work practice (BSW and MSW) or take on the challenging roles of social work researcher/educator (PhD), our graduates report that they are well equipped to succeed.
Our distinguished faculty are leading experts in many areas of practice, including: mental health, child welfare and child mental health, aging, spirituality in social work practice, criminal justice, and other areas; and they bring this expertise to the classroom.
Given our relatively small class sizes and accessible faculty, students are expected to become engaged in their own learning, and encouraged to become involved in the life of the School through vibrant student groups and student representation on many School committees.
- Our complete BSW Program is taught on the KU main campus and also in coordination with Kansas City Kansas Community College in Wyandotte County.
- Our MSW Program is taught both at Lawrence and at the KU Edwards campus in Johnson County.
- The MSW program also offers a partially on-line/partially in-class option at both campuses. This blended courses option has all the advantages of in-class instruction approximately every other week, with the convenience of on-line instruction/interaction in a variety of formats on alternate weeks.
- Our Doctoral Program is taught at the Lawrence campus.
In the BSW and MSW programs, our practice-centered approach gives students an understanding of the concepts of empowerment and well-being. It is guided by four thematic foundational principles:
- A focus on people's strengths
- An understanding of human diversity
- The promotion of social and economic justice
- The development of a critical perspective
Linked below are our annual reports that celebrate some of the accomplishments of the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. Reports are in PDF format and approximately 1 MB each.
Linked below are our newsletters called that keep our community informed of what is going on at the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. The newsletters are in PDF format.
The activities carried out by the School through teaching, research,
service combine the talents and ideas of students, faculty and community
constituents. School publications provide a flash picture of all such activities
and showcase our present work as it leads us to our future goals.
School Advisory Board
The purpose of the Advisory Board of the School of Social Welfare is to support the Mission of the School. Board members carry out this purpose through active collaboration with the School on strategies and projects that strengthen the Schoolâ€™s educational, research, and outreach capabilities. Members represent a variety of professions, organizations, geographic locations, communities, social networks, governmental auspices, and personal commitments. They connect the School to wider communities, act as ambassadors of the School to diverse constituencies, tell the School's story of excellence and commitment in education and in socially engaged research, and assist the School in fund raising initiatives. Members are appointed for three year renewable terms.View Advisory Board Members >>