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Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is designed for anyone seeking a career in the criminal justice system or looking to pursue an advanced degree in criminal justice or justice administration.

Offered by the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Louisville, the criminal justice online bachelor’s degree prepares you with working knowledge of the entire criminal justice process (adult and juvenile) and the issues surrounding each portion of the process. You will master the ability to make connections between theory and policy development, as well as gain the ability to understand, identify and apply legal issues relevant to justice administration.

100% ONLINE COURSES

Complete this degree on your own time with fully online classes and 24/7 access to learning tools.

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54 CREDIT HOURS @ UofL

Transfer in your associate degree and complete only 18 courses at UofL to earn your bachelor’s.

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$4.5mil IN RESEARCH GRANTS

UofL's CJ faculty received research grants from agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. State Department.

Online learning video - Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

"I want students to go through this learning process with us, coming out with a better understanding of the justice process and a better understanding of who they are—and put those two together to get the job that they want."


CHERIE DAWSON-EDWARDS, PH.D.
DEPARTMENT CHAIR, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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How Much Will I Pay?

$539 per credit hour
$250 active duty military rate per credit hour

Tuition & Aid    

Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.

Highlights

  • Actively engage in the learning process as you gain theoretical knowledge and applied skills related to the criminal justice system.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online criminal justice courses.
  • Transfer credits from your previous education or associate degree and complete your bachelor’s degree at UofL.
  • Build a strong foundation for further study through an online Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

Outcomes

The continued need for public safety is expected to lead to new openings for officers and other system employees, with demand varying by location. For example, employment of police and detective occupations is projected to grow 7% from 2016 to 2026. (BLS.gov)

For those looking to get started in the criminal justice field, earning a B.S. in criminal justice is a great way to get the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. For those already employed in the criminal justice system, a bachelor's degree can increase on-the-job performance and promotion opportunities.

Jobs in the criminal justice system include but are not limited to:

  • Criminal investigators
  • Criminal records managers
  • Corrections officers
  • Correctional treatment specialists
  • Court referral officers
  • Crime prevention officers
  • Detectives
  • Emergency management directors
  • Probation and parole officers
  • Police officers
  • Special agents
  • Victim advocates


To assist you in your career search upon your enrollment, we work closely with you and the University Career Development Center. We also hold an annual Criminal Justice Career Fair where you can meet Louisville area employers.


Priority Deadline* Term Start Date
July 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January
April 1 Summer May/June

*This program admits students on a rolling basis. The priority deadlines listed are recommended to help you best complete the application process, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. The department will continue to review applications as they become complete, and will admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete undergraduate application
  2. Submit $25 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official college transcripts from all regionally-accredited institutions attended

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma (for enrollment in lower-level coursework)
  • Associate degree or equivalent credit from a regionally-accredited institution (for enrollment in upper-level coursework)

Credit Transfer

You can transfer prior college credit from any regionally-accredited university to fulfill UofL’s enrollment requirements, or complete the first two years of coursework (general education courses) online at UofL or through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). If you have fulfilled all UofL GenEd requirements at a KCTCS school, you may transfer your credits in their entirety and begin immediately with online upper-level coursework at UofL.

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.

The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice requires completion of 121 credit hours. All undergraduate degrees require completion of the university-wide General Education (Cardinal Core) Program. The typical degree path for earning a bachelor’s in criminal justice at UofL includes:

  1. General Education (Cardinal Core) – 31 credit hours (minimum requirement)
  2. Arts & Sciences – 13-15 credit hours (programmatic requirement)
  3. Criminal Justice Core Courses – 54 credit hours (minimum undergraduate requirement, including 24 hours of electives)

Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements

Courses Hours
General 101: A&S Orientation 1
Foreign Language (completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on language taken) 6-8
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at 300 level or above (in addition to courses counted toward General Education) 6
Total 13-15

Core CJ Courses

Courses Hours
CJ 2001 Crime and Justice in the United States 3
CJ 2011 Law Enforcement in the United States 3
CJ 2021 Corrections in the United States 3
CJ 305 Criminal Behavior 3
CJ 306 Criminal Procedure 3
CJ 325 Research Design 3
CJ 326 Quantitative Analysis (fulfills QR general education requirement) 3
CJ 360 Juvenile Justice 3
CJ 395 Criminal Law and Evidence 3
CJ 4852 Seminar in Criminal Justice 3
Criminal Justice electives3 24
Criminal Justice Core Courses – Total Credit Hours Required 54

1 Fulfills General Education requirement

2 Fulfills WR requirement

3 Criminal Justice electives must be selected from approved departmental list at the 300 level or above. A minimum of 15 hours must be in Criminal Justice, but may not exceed 30 hours


Sample Course Descriptions


CJ 200 Crime and Justice in the United States – SB
This course focuses on the various processing stages, practices, and personnel in the criminal justice system. This course examines the problem of crime in American society. Both historical and contemporary components of the system, including the police, the courts, and correctional agencies are explored. This course is designed to provide the student with a broad-based understanding of both the effects of crime upon communities as well as the criminal justice system's response to crime in our contemporary society.


CJ 201 Law Enforcement in the United States – SB
The course focuses on evolution of policing including the history, policing paradigms, police organizations, and emerging issues in policing. This course examines the role of the police in the United States. Historical and modern forms of policing will be explored. The course provides students with a broad understanding of the role and function of the police in America.


CJ 202 Corrections in the United States – SB
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the history, practices, and issues related to the correctional function in American criminal justice. Topics included are: history of prisons; inmate subcultures and institutions; correctional issues such as overcrowding, stress, sexual violence, and administrative problems. Both adult and juvenile corrections will be covered.


CJ 305 Criminal Behavior
An introduction to the theory, research, and findings of biological, psychological and sociological studies of criminality. Topics included are: the history of criminal theories; societal reactions to crime; deviant subcultures; and criminal organizations and institutions in society.


CJ 306 Criminal Procedure
A course designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the procedural aspects involved in developing and prosecuting or defending criminal cases. The course focuses on the Constitutional issues involved during the various aspects of a criminal case, from investigation to arrest through trial and appeal. The concept of due process is examined. Specific attention is focused on the rights and limitations offered the prosecution and defense under the Bill of Rights. Topics included are: lineups, searches, arrests, "stop and frisk," bail extradition, preliminary hearings, arraignment, trials, sentencing, appeals, probation, parole, and the death penalty.


CJ 325 Research Design
Prerequisite: CJ 200 or consent of instructor. An advanced study of the principles, data sources, and methods appropriate for criminal justice. Topics included are: library research; research design, sampling, scaling; questionnaire construction; and survey research, interviewing, and participant observation.


CJ 326 Quantitative Analysis – QR
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or equivalent coursework. An introduction to the applications of quantitative research methods to the analysis of criminal justice practices and data. Emphasis is placed on the calculation, application and interpretation of statistical measures generated by computer software such as SPSS. Topics included are: measures of central tendency and dispersion; theories of probability and the normal curve; and parametric and nonparametric significance tests used in criminal justice research. Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and MATH 109, PSYC 301, SOC 301, or MGMT 201.


CJ 360 Juvenile Justice
Prerequisite: CJ 200 or consent of instructor. A study of the theories and philosophies underlying the evolution and maintenance of the juvenile justice system in America as well as the structure and processes of the contemporary juvenile justice system. Topics included are: the history of the juvenile and the legal system; issues in juvenile justice; and the roles of the police, courts, and corrections in implementing the juvenile justice model.


CJ 395 Criminal Law and Evidence
Principles of criminal liability and the legislative and judicial processes by which acts and omissions are criminalized, investigated, and prosecuted. Topics include: crimes against persons, crimes against property, victimless crimes, and white collar crime. Exploration of issues related to legal capacity, defenses, and insanity. State and federal criminal rules of evidence identified and used to explain specific evidentiary issues relating to criminal law.


CJ 485 Seminar in Criminal Justice - WR; CUE
Prerequisite: CJ 200, CJ 325, and CJ 326; senior standing or consent of instructor. Senior level seminar designed to explore and discuss issues, problems, and challenges in the administration and management of criminal justice organizations. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).


Community Service

Department of Criminal Justice faculty are involved in our community through service. This includes but is not limited to participation in the following organizations:

  • Metro Louisville Government
  • Metro Police Department
  • Education Committee Intervention Resource Center, Inc.
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Jefferson Count Medical Foundation
  • Family & Children First
  • Youth Alive
  • Kentucky Learning Disabilities Association
  • Louisville Metro Crime Commission
  • International Cultural Center
  • Kentucky State Police Trooper Island
  • Oldham County Police
  • Presbyterian Community Center
  • ProTecht, Secret Service Electronic Crimes Initiative
  • InfraGard, Public Private Partnership Security
    Coalition with FBI
  • Goodwill Industries


Department Grants

Our faculty has been awarded research grants totaling more than 4.5 million dollars. Granting agencies include:

  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. State Department
  • Kentucky Department of Corrections
  • National Institute of Justice
  • Louisville Metro Police Department
  • National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections
  • National Institute of Corrections


Professional Organizations

The faculty are active members in the following professional organizations:

  • Southern Criminal Justice Association
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • American Correctional Association (ACA)
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • National State Law Enforcement Accreditation Network
  • The Northeastern Association of Criminal
    Justice Education
  • American Society for Industrial Security
  • National White Collar Crime Center
  • National Association of State Judicial Educators
  • International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Alpha Phi Sigma
  • National Hispanic Science Network
  • Society for Study of Social Problems
  • Business and Professional Women/USA
  • Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency
  • Kentucky Women's Law Enforcement
  • Military Police Regimented Association
  • Southern States Corrections Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police
  • National Consortium for White Collar Crime Research
  • American Criminal Justice Association’s
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    Featured Faculty


    Viviana Andreescu, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Bradley Campbell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Cherie Dawson-Edwards, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Department Chair

    Benjamin W. Fisher, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Elizabeth L. Grossi, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    George E. Higgins, Ph.D., Professor

    Thomas W. Hughes, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Deborah G. Keeling, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, College of A&S

    Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, Ph.D., Professor and Dean of College of A&S

    Michael M. Losavio, J.D., Assistant Professor

    Heather Ouellette, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

    Kristin Swartz, Ph.D., Vice Chair - Director of Graduate Studies

    Angela J. Thielo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Gennaro Vito, Ph.D., Professor,

    William F. Walsh, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

    Alex O. Widdowson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    The set of questions and answers outlined below can help you learn more about our program, delivery method, application and admission process, financial aid options and how to succeed as an online student at UofL. 


    • MSSW Program FAQ
      • Do I need a BSW to enter this program?

        No, the Regular 60-hour MSSW program is designed for those who have not yet attained a bachelor's degree in social work (BSW). If you currently hold a BSW from a CSWE accredited institution, earned within the last seven years, you may be able to enroll into the Advanced Standing 30-hour program. Preferred applicants for the Advanced Standing 30-hour program have a preferred undergraduate coursework GPA of 3.0 and a preferred Social Work coursework GPA of 3.25.

      • Is there a difference between MSW and MSSW degrees?

        Not really. A Masters of Social Work and a Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice have similar required coursework as mandated by the accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

      • Are specializations available to MSSW Online students?

        MSSW online students may specialize in: Psychosocial Oncology, Forensic Social Work, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Military Social Work or Gerontology. There are also many other electives offered online and most Kent MSSW students do not specialize.

      • Are there any advantages or disadvantages to choosing a specialization?

        The majority of Kent MSSW students do not specialize; instead choosing a variety of MSSW electives. Some students have a very specific interest in gaining a knowledge base and practice skills with a particular population due to a desire to work with that population post-graduation. In this scenario, having specialized coursework and a practicum that provides experience working with that population can be an asset in making the graduate a stronger applicant in the job market in that particular area. Whether or not a graduate chooses to acknowledge their specialization on their resume is entirely optional. Students typically list their practicum placements on their resume, but whether or not to highlight the electives taken (whether specializing or not) is up to the graduate. The only disadvantage would be not having the ability to take a more varied approach to electives, given that most social workers tend to work with several different client populations over the course of their career. However, students can obtain permission from the Program Manager of Academic Affairs to take additional electives on top of their specialization electives if they so desire, or may wish to apply to return to Kent as a post-masters student after graduation to take additional electives whether for professional development or licensure preparation.

      • Are dual degrees available to MSSW Online students?

        Dual degrees are not available to online MSSW students.

    • Practicum FAQ
      • I work full-time. Can I have a practicum in the evenings and/or weekends?

        Think of the social work practicum as you would a medical resident’s internship; you must study under the guidance of someone with the credentials you are seeking. Thus, you must be supervised in your practicum by a social worker with a master’s degree in social work from an accredited program, and a minimum of two years of post-masters experience.

        Most social workers work Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm. You may need to flex your work schedule to adapt some time for the practicum during the weekdays. On occasion, a social worker may have an evening or weekend program, such as a group counseling session or an educational program, but this may be only once a week or even once a month for maybe two hours.

        You may want to explore with your employer the possibilities of moving some of your work activities into the evenings and weekends, so you will have some day hours reserved for the practicum. You may also explore the option of shifting to 80% time, keeping your full employee benefits, but working only four days a week and saving the fifth day for the practicum. Additionally, you may want to consider shifting to part-time work during the period you are taking your practicum. During the foundation practicum, students work 16 hours weekly at the placement site for a total of 225 hours each Fall and Spring semester and 450 hours total for the academic year. During the advanced practicum, 18 hours weekly at the placement site for a total of 250 hours each Fall and Spring semester and 500 hours total for the academic year.

      • I plan on getting a new job. Can my new job count as my practicum?

        An employee and a student have two different roles and obligations and expectations. As an employee, you are required to satisfy the work expectations of the employer. As a practicum student, you are in an academic course with requirements to satisfy the educational expectations in the syllabus and those of your practicum faculty.

        As a student, you need time to reflect on your practice experiences, perhaps to use some different approaches in your practice than is the custom at the employment site, to challenge some of the accepted practices at your job, and to carry a learner’s size workload. Accreditation also requires that these two roles be clearly separated. If you are employed a minimum of six months by the start of the Fall semester, then you may also wish to explore the possibility of doing an on-job practicum. The guidelines for this option are available on the Field Education Program Webpage.

      • I have several years of social services experience. Can I get credit for that and waive the practicum requirement?

        Accreditation standards require that social work programs may not grant course credit for life experience or previous work experience. In a practicum, students will be supervised by someone with a master’s degree in social work from an accredited program and with a minimum of two years of post-master’s experience. This promotes the student’s identity with the profession of social work and encourages the development of values, social work ethics, and the approaches used by this profession.

        Work experiences of students may or may not have had such supervision guidance, and may not have readily allowed for the student as employee to take time during the work day to reflect on the organization’s practice methods, or to challenge some of the current practices, or to be granted the opportunities to attempt new ways of interventions. All of these are expectations in the practicum when the student can indulge in a learner’s stance to practice under the mentorship of a qualified educational supervisor.

      • Can I do my practicum in the summer?

        The practicum and the practice courses are co-requisites and must be taken concurrently. These courses are offered only during the Fall and Spring semesters. The practicum is a two consecutive semesters course, and so taking one part in the Spring and finishing the following Fall semester is not possible.

      • Can I get paid for my practicum?

        It is extremely rare to get paid for a practicum. Very few agencies have extra monies available to pay students and those that do are usually advanced practicum sites. Even then, the funds may not be available in any given year due to the economy and changing funding streams. Students may consult with the UofL Financial Aid office to inquire about financial resources. Students may also consult with the Kent School admissions office to inquire about scholarships.

      • How do I go about getting a practicum? Am I responsible to find my own placement?

        Upon admission, new students - who intend to start practicum in their first semester - must complete and submit a practicum application.

        • Students already enrolled and attending classes in the fully online program must submit their practicum application no later than January 30 preceding the Fall semester start of the practicum.
        • Students already enrolled and attending classes on campus at the Kent School must submit their practicum application not later than February 28 preceding the Fall semester start of the practicum.

        You will collaborate with an assigned Field Coordinator to discuss your areas of interest and to settle on several possible placements. A formal referral letter emailed instructing you to complete an interview with a site and to arrive at a mutual agreement between you and the agency. As students complete their prospective practicum site interviews and a match is confirmed by the student and the agency, then placement spots are filled. Other students must select among the remaining agencies still available for their practicum.

      • I am a student in the fully online program, how does this practicum work?

        The requirements for practicum remain the same for students participating in the fully online program just as for the students in the on-campus program. Students will be placed in a human service organization in a location close to where the student lives. The student will collaborate with the a field coordinator in identifying potential practicum settings near the student’s residence.

        The student, the agency field instructor, and the Kent School field faculty will meet for all the same scheduled sessions (initial visit, mid-term and final evaluations for each semester) as for the on-campus students, except the meetings will be conducted via videoconferencing. The student and agency field instructor will need to arrange for use of a computer with a camera, mic, and internet connection for those scheduled videoconferences. The practicum orientation for online students is conducted online by their Kent School field faculty.

      • Can I meet with my faculty advisor to help me plan my practicum and other classes?

        It is always advisable to consult with your faculty advisor about your career plans and your choice of electives and specializations offered within the Kent School curriculum.

        Once you have narrowed down your focus area for your studies, then it is most helpful to consult with a field education coordinator for available agency sites specific to your interest. You will meet with your faculty advisor at the new student orientation and will retain that advisor throughout your time at the Kent School. Prior to the new student orientation, you are welcome to explore your interests with any faculty member at the Kent School. You must follow exactly the course listing and sequence of the classes as they are listed on the curriculum plan you chose when you accepted admission to the Kent School.

      • Can I start the practicum early, during the summer, to spread out my hours and ease my schedule during the semester when I am taking all of the other classes?

        The practicum is an academic course, earning academic credit and a grade, just as all of the other courses in the curriculum leading to a degree. Thus, the practicum begins with other courses at the start of the semester. Some agencies, particularly medical settings, require students to complete an orientation to their organization prior to beginning the practicum. This usually is 2-4 days long and is routinely scheduled by the organization at set monthly intervals. In such circumstances, students are permitted to attend their agency orientation prior to the start of the semester and can count those hours towards the total hours required for the semester practicum. Students should first inform their practicum faculty about such required orientations. After completion of the early, required agency orientation, students then wait until the start of the Fall semester to continue in the practicum.

      • When is the practicum class scheduled? It is listed as “TBA” on the class schedule.

        In the master’s program, there is no field seminar or campus-based class for the practicum. Instead, all weekly hours of the practicum are spent in the placement agency. “TBA” represents the assigned placement site. ∧ Back to top

      • Are there field seminars for this practicum?

        There are no field seminars in the master’s program at the Kent School. All hours of the practicum are spent in the community at the placement agency. Because the practicum is co-requisite with the practice course, there are opportunities to discuss some activities from the practicum in the practice class, too. Of course, there may be opportunities to share experiences from the practicum in other classes, as well, which help to integrate the theories and the practice of social work.

      • I know a really good private therapist with whom I would like to study. Can I do my practicum with this person?

        In keeping with the historical mission of social work in serving the needs of a diverse and underserved population, students are placed in public and non-profit agencies for their practicum. We recognize that some students aspire to a career in private therapy and encourage those students to pursue their goal following graduation when their new credentials will better provide for such opportunities.

      • There are no social workers at the agency I am interested in, but some very good supervisors with degrees in other disciplines. Can one of them supervise me in my practicum?

        Accreditation requires that students be supervised by someone with a master’s degree in social work from an accredited program, with a minimum of two years post-master’s experience. This ensures that students are taught using the values and ethics and practices of the social work profession.

        It is helpful for students to be in an interdisciplinary practicum as this provides opportunities for input from various disciplines, and highlights in a way that compares and contrasts the contributions which each professional discipline makes to the services provided.

        Think of your doctor and the internship he/she underwent under the guidance of an MD. Would you want your doctor to have been taught by an RN nurse, or a DMD dentist? It is the same for professional social workers whose code of ethics is different than other disciplines; and social work values and approaches to working with people are different than other disciplines.

      • I have a lot of interests. Can I have a different practicum site for each semester?

        The two-semester consecutive placement in the same setting provides for students to complete an orientation within their practicum site during the first part of the Fall semester. Then, students begin progressively assuming greater responsibilities in their role and developing their skills and stretching their knowledge. Remaining with one agency over the course of eight months also exposes students to a deeper experience in the “life” of an organization. There are different “seasons” in an organization, (i.e. when grant deadlines are looming, special activities around holidays, fund-raising events, fiscal year budget processes, etc.) that are an important component of the student’s learning.

        Completing only one semester with 225 or 250 hours in one agency does not allow enough time for students to move significantly past the orientation phase in their skill development. Some specializations within the Kent School program may involve a component of rotation in the practicum. One example is the advanced substance abuse specialization practicum in which students rotate among programs within a large organization, and work in each program area throughout the two semesters of the practicum.

      • Money is very tight for me right now. Do I have to buy insurance for my practicum?

        We live in a litigious society and the Kent School wants you to be protected in your practicum. You are free to purchase liability protection from any company you choose. We particularly recommend the Assurance Services Inc. (ASI), which is aligned with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and offers a deeply discounted policy to social work students. You are required to be a member of NASW (student rate is $48 annually) to be eligible to obtain your insurance from the ASI (student rate is $15 annually).

        For more information on joining NASW go to: www.socialworkers.org. For more information on insurance from ASI go to: http://www.naswassurance.org/pli/students.php.

        You should be aware that if you have a felony conviction in your background you may be denied coverage by the ASI. Should that happen, they will refer you to other companies where you may inquire about purchasing liability protection. Also, if you are employed in a social service capacity, you will have to show proof of liability protection for your work before the ASI will provide you protection as a student. You will need to speak with the Human Resource office at your employment site to obtain a copy of your proof of professional liability protection for your job. Be sure to plan ahead to have time to resolve all possible issues prior to the start of the practicum.

        Remember, you must join NASW and you must also apply separately for the malpractice insurance. Just joining NASW is not enough. Membership in NASW does not automatically give you professional liability coverage. These are two separate organizations and require separate applications and separate payments. You must do both.

        Students who do not provide proof of malpractice insurance coverage to the practicum office prior to the first day of classes will not be allowed to start their practicum ∧ Back to top

      • Which level of insurance coverage do you recommend I get?

        If you are selecting a medical setting for your practicum, you will be expected to carry the highest level of protection available. Otherwise, you are free to choose any level of coverage that you wish, just as you do for your car insurance, health insurance, etc. You must provide proof of professional malpractice insurance to the practicum office prior to August 1st. You are free to get malpractice protection from any company you want and we recommend getting it from the NASW Assurance Services Inc. (see contact info in the practicum packet on acceptance from the Kent School), through membership in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-ASI).

        If you are employed in a social service capacity already, you will have to provide proof of your professional liability protection for your employment before you will be granted a student policy for the practicum, so contact your Human Resources office to obtain a copy of that before applying for the student policy. If you have a personal history of felony convictions, you may need to seek coverage from other insurance companies and the ASI can refer you to other resources; be prepared to pay a little higher premium for that protection.

      • When will I know I have an approved practicum?

        When you have completed your interview for your prospective placement, you should confirm with the supervisor, you want to do your practicum at that site. If the supervisor agrees to accept you as a student, both you and the supervisor should accept the placement. The Field Education Office will confirm the placement with both the student and the agency field instructor.

      • Is there an orientation for my practicum?

        Yes, the Kent School provides a practicum orientation on the same day as the new student orientation. This is a Kent School orientation and is different from the Graduate School orientation. The Kent School orientations, both new student and practicum, are mandatory attendance.

      • How should I dress for my practicum?

        Students should dress in business casual attire unless otherwise instructed by your agency field instructor. This means you should not wear denim, or see-through clothing, no mini- skirts or backless shirts, no low-rider slacks that show underclothing, no flip flops, and no jogging suits or tennis shoes.

      • When can I register for my practicum course?

        After you are accepted by the Kent School, you may register for the practicum course the same as you do for all your other courses. You can register for your courses during pre-registration in April for the Fall semester and in October for the Spring semester. Also, remember to register for all the classes as listed on your chosen curriculum plan. For more information on the curriculum plans, please visit the Curriculum Plan page (see section "Instructions for selecting a curriculum plan"). The practice course is a co-requisite class, and you must register for each one separately. Remember, you must re-register each semester (Fall and Spring) for each course as listed on your curriculum plan.

      • Is the practicum considered part of the practice course?

        In the master’s program at the Kent School, the practicum and the practice class are self-standing courses; each is a separate academic course, with separate faculty, and earning separate academic credit. The curriculum is designed to promote the integration of theories taught in the classroom with real-life practice. The practicum provides the opportunities to do that simultaneously, while learning the various social work theories. Therefore, it is important for students to be sure to register for both their practice class and their practicum course, each semester

      • I have no prior experience in social work, how do I write my resume?

        In social work, all life experiences count. Your resume should reflect the depth and breath of your paid and volunteer experiences. And remember, you are not limited to one or two pages for the length of your resume as in the business world. Do remember to give a copy of your resume to each agency supervisor with whom you interview for a prospective practicum.

        If you have any additional questions not answered on this FAQ, please visit the Kent School’s practicum page on their website for more information.

    • Admission FAQ
      • How do I start my application to Kent School?

        Apply online at: http://graduate.louisville.edu. The fee is $65, payable by credit card or check. Paying by check delays your application by 8 days. Note: Recipients of certain government assistance programs may ask to have the fee waived. For details, contact Graduate Admissions at 502-852-3101 or gradadm@louisville.edu

      • What admissions materials are needed to complete my application?

        Refer to the MSSW Application Checklist [PDF] for specific requirements.

      • Where do I send my admission materials?

        All admission materials may be emailed to Graduate Admissions at gradadm@louisville.edu or mailed to the following address:
        Graduate Admissions
        University of Louisville
        Louisville, KY 40292

      • What is the deadline to apply?

        Application Deadlines are based on the preferred start term. Review the specific deadlines for the Regular 60-hour and the Advanced Standing 30-hour programs on the MSSW Application Checklist

      • How long does it take for a decision to be made on my application?

        When all admission materials have been received at Graduate Admissions, the applicant’s file goes before the Kent Admissions Committee for a decision, starting in January. The applicant is notified of the decision by email. From the time the application is complete, the process usually takes 6-8 weeks. Applications will not be reviewed until all documents have been received.

      • Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) for admission to Kent?

        For Regular 60-hour applicants, if the cumulative undergraduate GPA is 2.75 or above, no test scores are required for admission to Kent. Otherwise, applicants need to submit an acceptable score on either the GRE or the MAT. The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies standards require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, therefore students applying to the Kent School with a GPA of 2.5 or less will rarely be considered.

      • What are the admission requirements for international students to the online program or US students living abroad (including active-duty military stationed overseas)?
        • U.S. citizens living abroad and international students will not be accepted for the Fall 2014 except in rare circumstances, specifically:
          • When no language barriers exist
          • A qualified practicum supervisor is readily available (e.g., the supervisor has a MSSW degree from a CSWE-accredited institution or similar CSWE-type accreditation)
          • UofL’s Kent School of Social Work has previously established partnerships with practicum sites and faculty liaisons
        • Students with International Credentials should refer to the Application Checklist for specific admission requirements.
    • Financial Aid FAQ
      • What are the options for financial aid?

        Federal financial aid for graduate students is limited to loans and is based on a student’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance). For instructions on completing the FAFSA, visit: http://louisville.edu/financialaid/how-to-apply/start-to-finish. If you have questions or need assistance, contact UofL’s Student Financial Aid Office: finaid@louisville.edu or 502.852.5511.

      • Are there scholarships available?

        The Kent School of Social Work offers various scholarships that cover a variety of interests. There are scholarships available to students who plan to practice in rural Kentucky, students with an interest in working in gerontology, policy or legislative areas. The scholarship application and information can be found here: http://louisville.edu/kent/admissions-1/mssw-admissions-links/mssw-scholarship-application. The scholarship application deadline is May 15.


    For answers to questions not covered above, please contact the Online Learning office at online@louisville.edu or submit an Information Request Form.