Master of Social Work

School of Social Welfare

Academic Brochure


The program

The Master of Social Work degree prepares graduates for advanced social work practice. The first level of the master’s curriculum is a generalist foundation required of all students. At the advanced level, 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-Standing Program admits students with B.S.W. degrees and strong academic records. Applicants generally have work experience.

The M.S.W. program is offered on KU’s Lawrence campus and at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Full-time students complete the program in two years. Part-time students may extend the program for up to four years.

The M.S.W. program now offers a blended courses option, combining face-to-face and online learning, with in-class attendance occurring one day every other week. The blended courses option is offered on the KU Edwards Campus on Saturdays and in Lawrence during the week.


Applicants are evaluated on undergraduate grade-point average, any graduate course work, volunteer and work experience related to social work, and evidence of potential for a social work career.

  • Minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • 1 copy of student-issued transcripts from all previously attended schools regardless of degree status
  • 3 letters of reference via the online process
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $40
  • M.S.W. application and detailed information


  • Advanced-Standing program: Jan. 15
  • Regular M.S.W. program: Feb. 15

The School of Social Welfare

The School of Social Welfare is an excellent place to pursue your interests in professional social work education. It is the oldest school of social welfare in the state and the only one to offer social work preparation from undergraduate through doctoral degrees. KU’s Master of Social Work program ranked 11th among U.S. national public universities, in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings for 2009. The School of Social Welfare is recognized internationally as an innovator in social work theory development and in research that makes positive contributions to our communities.

The university

The University of Kansas is a major educational and research institution with 29,000 students and 2,400 faculty members. KU includes the main campus in Lawrence, the Medical Center in Kansas City, the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, campuses of the School of Medicine in Wichita and Salina, and educational and research facilities throughout the state.

The university has 58 nationally ranked programs and earns excellent ratings in the top college guides. For more than a decade, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has awarded KU four-star ratings in all categories ? academics, quality of living, and social life.

KU is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. KU is the only Kansas Board of Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of 62 public and private research universities that represents excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally.

  • M.S.W. blended courses option combines face-to-face and online learning
  • M.S.W. concentrations: Clinical Social Work and Social Work Administrative and Advocacy Practice



Master of Social Work Program

Twente Hall
1545 Lilac Lane, Room 206
Lawrence, KS 66045-3129
Fax: 785-864-5277
Edward Scanlon, Director, M.S.W. Program
Becky Hofer, Director of Admissions