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Social Work Master's Degree

EKU’s 100% online social work master’s degree is designed with your success in mind. The program provides students with the advanced skills needed to become adaptable, innovative leaders and advocates. The MSW program offers maximum flexibility in course of study with few pre-requisites and employer-based field placements. EKU’s MSW program provides the opportunity to gain direct experience and offers full-time and part-time options so you can take courses at your own pace. MSW graduates are prepared to serve as integrative advanced generalist social workers and are positioned to take on leadership roles within a variety of agencies and organizations.


Format: 100% online
Credit Hours:  30 hours - Advanced Standing Option                              
Tuition: $611 per credit hour
                  $325 per credit hour for active duty military
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 12 hours*
Career Options: Child, family and school social work, healthcare social work, mental health and substance abuse social work     

* With departmental approval 


Earn a certificate as you complete your degree
Complement your master of social work degree with a specialized certificate. Select one of five specialty areas, based on interests and career goals, and earn a certificate in that area as you complete your degree – at no additional cost.

Building on diverse perspectives, the MSW program prepares integrative advanced generalist social workers through an interdisciplinary approach to education. You will practice the integration of advanced generalist social work theory, practice, and research while taking guided elective courses in an Interdisciplinary University Certificate (IUC) program. These certificate programs will complement your application of social work skills needed for positions in highest demand.

Designed for working professionals, certificates are an excellent way to customize your MSW for your own needs. This maximizes your flexibility to gain a competitive edge as an integrative advanced generalist social worker.

Program options include:

MSW with a Certificate in Addictions Intervention
Gain the skills needed to act as a non-clinical intermediary connecting individuals with addiction services and professionals providing prevention and treatment.

Courses include:

  • Human Behavior Change
  • Alcohol and Drug Assessment
  • Alcohol and Drug Treatment

MSW with a Certificate in Mental Health
Set yourself apart with the in-depth knowledge needed to work with individuals, families or groups with mental/behavioral health conditions within social and human service agencies.

Courses include:

  • Behavior Analysis
  • Crisis Intervention
  • The Autism Spectrum

MSW with a Certificate in Child and Family Services
Prepare to be a leader in the human development and family services fields. Leverage your interests and experience with the skills needed to work with children and families in educational, institutional and human service settings.

Courses include:

  • Child Development and Program Planning
  • Behavior Disorder Strategies
  • Cultural Competency

MSW with a Certificate in Leadership and Management
Apply social work perspective and values to organizational management. Gain practical skills for leading social change and making sound, ethical business decisions.

Courses include:

  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Community Development
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response

MSW with a Certificate in Social Advocacy and Justice
Lead change and support individual, family and community resilience. Leverage your passions and gain the skills needed to create meaningful change and positively impact the lives of others.

Courses include:

  • Violence Against Women
  • Leading with Political, Ethical and Emotional Intelligence
  • Social Policy Analysis and Advocacy

What sets our program apart?
Rooted in practical coursework, our fully-online MSW program blends academic and professional preparation for integrative advanced generalist practice. Integrative advanced generalist social workers draw from social work theory and research to inform and evaluate the delivery of ethical, culturally inclusive practice. You will take courses to practice integrative advanced generalist social work, which include guided elective courses in an Interdisciplinary University Certificate (IUC) program. IUC programs provide you unparalleled access to unique courses across disciplines that enable you to customize the MSW curriculum. Flexibility in elective course work allows you to maximize your academic experience, enhance your credentials and gain a competitive edge in the job market.

  • Pre-candidacy status for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)*
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Multiple start dates
  • Full and part-time options
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members
  • 75% of EKU degree holders find jobs in Kentucky, a higher percentage than any other university in Kentucky
  • No campus visits required
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Expert faculty who provide interactive feedback and a collaborative approach to learning
  • Opportunities for practicum experiences to help you discover your calling and network with other professionals

Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.

The MSW program upholds the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS). Direct and indirect methods of assessment measures student mastery of student learning outcomes as outlined by the CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).