Master of Social Work (MSW)
The Master of Social Work degree prepares graduates for advanced social work practice in one of two broad concentrations — either clinical social work practice with individuals, families and groups, or social work administrative and advocacy practice aimed at social service administration, social policy development and social advocacy. The concentrations build on the first level of the master's curriculum, which provides a generalist foundation required of all students. The MSW degree requires 64 credit hours, consisting of 36 credit hours of classroom courses and 28 credit hour of practicum. Students may complete the MSW program either on the main KU campus in Lawrence, or on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS.
MSW Educational Goals
The MSW program prepares students for advanced-level, autonomous practice in either clinical social work practice or social work administration, based on a generalist foundation.
The MSW program prepares students for competent, ethical and culturally informed social work practice that focuses on the strengths of people, families and communities, as well as social and economic justice and developing a critical perspective.
The MSW program prepares students who understand the dynamic and fluid social and organizational contexts of social work practice and who are prepared to assume responsibility for continued professional growth and development.