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PROGRAM OF STUDY: The Kent School of Social Work offers a graduate program of study leading to the Masters of Science in Social Work (M.S.S.W.) degree.  The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The M.S.S.W. program is designed to help students achieve their maximum potential through a carefully structured curriculum of foundation and specialized courses.

  • Ranked 37 out of 233 MSSW programs by US News and World Report
  • Kent received more student awards at commencement than any other academic unit in the past 5 years, including the sole recipient of the Alice Eaves Barnes Award for best UL Masters student in 2010 and 2011
  • 44 major awards/honors to faculty over last 5 years
  • Due to a major increase in federal research grants, Kent has become one of the fastest growing school of social work in the country regarding federal funding

The Kent School offers a variety of both 60-hour and Advanced Standing 30-hour (for qualified BSW applicants)  curriculum  plans, including options for full-time, part-time, weekend and online classes.  Both the Foundation and Advanced years include a 16 hour/week field practicum.  There are opportunities to specialize in: Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), Military Social Work, School Social Work (SSW), Alcohol and Drug Counseling (ADCS), Gerontology (GER), Mental Health Counseling (MH) and Psychosocial Oncology while obtaining your MSSW.

There are also Dual Degree plans for 60-hour students with the School of Law (MSSW/JD), the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville (MSSW/MA), the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies (MSSW/MA), the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary (MSSW/MDIV) and Bioethics (MSSW/MA).

Additionally, the Kent School also offers specialized course offerings for students interested in international study.

The Kent School also accepts graduate elective credit from employees in the Protection and Permanency Division at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services  who have completed Credit for Learning (CFL) courses. (LINK)

Admission to the Kent School of Social Work is competitive.  The selection process includes an evaluation of each applicant’s demonstrated and potential abilities as a student, practitioner, and leader in the social work field.  Applicants to the MSSW On Campus program should utilize the Application Checklist to ensure that all application requirements and relevant deadlines are met.  MSSW Online applicants should refer to the MSSW Online Program website for admissions, eligibility and deadline information.

An undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is recommended for you to be considered for admission to Kent School.  

Applicants to the MSSW program must meet the following requirements:
(a) A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning;
(b) A minimum of 27 credit hours in the social sciences, i.e. communications (6), natural sciences(3),
humanities(9), and social sciences (9); and
(c) A minimum of 3 credit hours in each of the following Prerequisite courses: statistics, research methods and human biology.