The University of Kentucky has a long-standing tradition of supporting U.S. military service members. We are proud to offer a variety of benefits to active duty service members, veterans, and their families.
University of Kentucky is a four-year, public university in Lexington, Kentucky. UK offers over 200 academic programs spread across 16 degree-granting colleges. The University of Kentucky also offers a handful of degree programs that can be completed 100% online.
University of Kentucky offers the following veteran and military support programs:
The University of Kentucky is extremely proud of its long standing relationship with the men and women in uniform that bravely serve this country. From its founding as a Land Grant University in 1865, charged with teaching agriculture, mechanics, and military tactics, to its continuing production of leaders for the Army and Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps, UK has consistently contributed to the defense of freedom. It has also consistently honored its veterans through such notable campus landmarks as the iconic Memorial Hall and Memorial Coliseum.The Veterans Resource Center was established to continue that tradition of support by providing UK's military and veteran populations with the service and assistance they deserve. Our goal is to ensure that your transition to college is as smooth as possible. Whether you are entering college for the first time, transferring from another school, or returning after a deployment, the Wildcat community welcomes you home.
Having a positive impact on people and communities starts with a passion for helping others. Make a difference with your CSWE-accredited online Master of Social Work.
In 12 months as a full-time student, you can complete our Advanced Standing program and develop your ability to support people from diverse backgrounds while engaging in social work that advances the ideals of human rights and social justice.
The College of Social Work offers CSWE-accredited Regular and Advanced Standing MSW programs in several modalities: on-campus, online, and hybrid. UK’s high-quality education remains the same no matter how you access the curriculum. As a student of the program, you’ll choose to complete either a certificate in Clinical Social Work Practice or Substance Use Disorder or select elective courses to complete an Individualized Plan of Study to ensure you graduate prepared to succeed in your area of focus.
Graduate ready and exceptionally prepared to provide research-informed support at any scale—from serving individuals directly to coordinating organizational practice. Or, explore macro-level social work and drive positive change in social policy and large-scale systems of care.
Wherever you head next, connect with people and communities to assess needs, intervene with essential support, and evaluate your work lives.
If you have a bachelor’s degree in social work, you can apply to our 30-credit Advanced Standing program, allowing you to complete your master’s degree faster. We also offer a 60-credit program for MSW students with bachelor’s degrees in other fields. The Clinical Social Work Practice Certificate, Substance Use Disorder Certificate, and Individualized Plan of Study are completed simultaneously with the social work graduate degree you choose.
No matter which program path you pursue, you will fulfill your passion to ensure ethical, effective social work practice in any community or organization. Navigate complex issues like poverty, inequality, and injustice, and learn to apply the theory behind psychopathology, effective policy, direct service, and group practice. Enhance your experience with a hands-on series of practicums guided by a faculty field professor and an agency field instructor.
Our online MSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
As a student, you’ll choose either a certificate or individualized plan of study to complete within the MSW. These certificates are designed to enhance your learning experience and ensure you graduate with the career-ready skills necessary for professional success.
You don’t need to take the GRE or have previous work experience to apply for the MSW program at UK. Admission requirements include*:
*Students may apply for the certificate after being accepted to the online MSW program.
With a cost per credit hour of $700.50, the total tuition for the 60-credit Regular Standing program is $42,030, or $21,015 for the 30-credit Advanced Standing program.
Students can save up to 40% on tuition by taking advantage of the block tuition rate.
We’re here to support you in your commitment to academic excellence and connect you with a variety of forms of financial aid — from federal loans to scholarships and military benefits.
Note that additional fees may apply, and total tuition will depend on factors such as number of credits taken and time to complete. Tuition rates are subject to annual changes.
The flexible nature of our online Master of Social Work program is ideal for U.S. military service members and veterans. With faculty who have military backgrounds, courses specific to the issues that are relevant to you, and military-specific benefits like our Veterans Resource Center, our mission is to support your academic success.
UK faculty understand the theory behind social work and the realities of professional practice in the field — many of them are experienced, licensed professionals who bring their deep passion and practice experience to the virtual classroom.
Learn from professors committed to the ideals of justice and equity in social work. Engage directly with your professors and work with a field advisor to cultivate hands-on experience.
Joining the online MSW at UK means joining a tradition of excellence where you can build your career with confidence—all while learning online at your own pace. With experienced faculty, thoughtfully designed curriculum, and the highest licensure exam pass rate in the Commonwealth, we make sure you graduate ready and exceptionally prepared for real-world practice.
Submitting an application to UK is as simple as creating an online account, submitting undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other supporting materials, then paying your $65 application fee. You can expect to receive a decision 2–3 weeks after you apply.