Master of Social Work

Social workers are the primary service providers for people in need in this country. Our practice-oriented curriculum focuses on advanced generalist social work practice in an urban environment.

Master of Social Work

  • Social workers are committed to care-centered practice, community-building, and social justice. We examine not only individual thoughts, feelings and actions but also the social environment as a primary arena for opportunities for change. 
  • The curriculum for our Council on Social Work Education-accredited MSW program includes theoretically based understanding to assess diverse human behaviors in varied social environments; skills for operating in a multidisciplinary agency and community environment; research methods with practical application to agency practice and approaches to working with culturally diverse populations.
  • We accommodate working students' schedules with many classes scheduled for late afternoons, evenings and weekends.
  • Faculty members and students co-create empowering learning environments through group discussions, role play, experiential occurrences and readings that enable transformational learning.
  • Students may choose from a variety of tracks:
    • Regular MSW (full- or part-time)
    • Advanced Standing BSW (full- or part-time)
  • The full-time, regular MSW program offers a two-year, 60-credit curriculum combining classroom and field experience.
  • An undergraduate degree in social work is not required for application to the MSW program. The majority of applicants have a variety of undergraduate degrees. Some have life or work experience in other fields and are ready for a change. Others have worked in the field of human services and are ready to pursue an MSW degree to advance their careers.
  • For students who already have a BSW degree, the full-time Advanced Standing BSW program includes 36 credits during a Spring or Summer semester and one full-time year of coursework with a supervised field practicum.
  • Our MSW prepares students for licensure in Missouri and Kansas upon graduation:
    • LMSW licensed master’s social worker
    • LCSW (MO)/LSCSW (KS) licensed clinical social worker
    • LAMSW (MO) licensed advanced generalist social worker
  • The MSW is also a part of the UMKC School of Graduate Studies. You are advised to review the School of Graduate Studies' requirements.

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