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2018 Graduates

Last Name First Name
Adams Tiffany
Bell Ricky
Bell David
Bishop Lauren
Bradley Lauren
Brown Asriel
Brown Kathryn
Burkett Stephanie
Cheatham C’ara
Chrisman David
Clark Tiffany
Clark Bethany
Cotton Evelyn
Cunningham Brandon
Eakle Mary
Erwin Amanda
Finn Katherine
Flores Chelsi
Fox Katrina
Francis Jill
Fuelling Jamie
Galloway Robin
Gebke Amanda
Graham Lauren
Green Ashely
Hartman-Frost Allegra
Head Rachel
Herbert Marie
Herrick Jessica
Hogg Michelle
Huff Abigail
Hull Christopher
Keller Kaitlyn
Kelley Norma
Lee Jakara
Lentz Austin
Lowry Jessica
Marquez Melissa
Martin Tameisha
Martin Maranda
Martin Willie
Martinez Yazmin
Meikle Kayla
Nichols Caleigh
O’Connor Meghan
Owens Brittney
Pangrac Layne
Passantino Stephanie
Pruitt Tiffany
Regan Jacqueline
Reynolds Mandy
Schlotzhauer Jordan
Scott Tammy
Shirk Caitlyn
Smalls Roxy
Squires Catelyn
Summers Alison
Taylor Jennifer
Tschirhart Wendy
Twietmeyer Hailey
Twitchel Nicole
Twite Alicia
Vaughn Kimberly
Volmert Rachel
Webb Jane
Wheeler Erik
Willcutt Shane
Wilson Betsy
Wimsatt Ambria
Worth Chris
Yoder Joseph

About Us

The School of Social Work, started in 1999 as a result of collaborative efforts by the University of Missouri System, UMKC, and the consistent support and encouragement of many social service agencies as well as those practicing in the field at that time in the Kansas City metropolitan area. This program is a true example of community collaboration. In addition, the M.S.W. program is accredited by Council on Social Work Education.

Vision of the UMKC School of Social Work

UMKC School of Social Work will become a model urban, professional school recognized for its partnership within diverse communities to effectively collaborate and sustain a safe, more economically secure, and socially just quality of life.

Mission Statement

To prepare competent, advanced generalist social work practitioners to meet the needs of multi-cultural diverse populations in a dynamic mid-western metropolitan context; to be culturally proficient, ethical leaders and service providers engaged in knowledge-driven, inter-professional, multi-systemic, community-based practice; who advocate for social and economic justice, enhance human wellbeing, and support individuals’ capacity to address their own needs.

Social Work Mission and Purpose

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human wellbeing and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual wellbeing in a social context and the wellbeing of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.

Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients. “Clients” is used inclusively to refer to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. These activities may be in the form of direct practice, community organizing, supervision, consultation administration, advocacy, social and political action, policy development and implementation, education, and research and evaluation. Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs. Social workers also seek to promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions to individuals’ needs and social problems.


In the UMKC School of Social Work, our advisors meet with you to create a personal Plan of Study for you to successful complete you Masters with a schedule that fits you. Many of our students do continue to hold at least a part-time job while completing their MSW Part-time. We will make sure that you can balance school and work so that you can pursue your passion. If you are a student and have an advisor assigned to you, you use the pathway portal to view who your advisor is and contact them, or you can navigate through the faculty/staff directory.

Ongoing Advisement

In order to proceed past the initial enrollment students must meet with their advisor to create a full plan of study.  This meeting should be accomplished prior to the time the student wants to enroll for Spring classes.  Students who have not been advised prior to the opening of spring courses for enrollment run the risk of having an advisement hold on their account and may not be able to enroll until they have met with their advisor.


Academic advising is not the same as having a scholarly or professional mentor.

As you proceed through the program try to identify faculty who are or have done areas of social work practice that you find attractive and arrange to get to know them better.  By establishing a formal or informal mentoring network you will go a long way to helping yourself discover the best practicum fit for your interests and ultimately the best job fit when you become a professional.

How to Apply To Social Work

Applications for Fall 2020 entry are closed.
The next deadline is in February 2021 for Summer or Fall 2021 entry.
Thank you for your interest in the UMKC MSW Program!

The School of Social Work Application is now fully online!! To apply visit:
If you have already begun the online application, but have not yet uploaded all of the required materials (see Application Checklist below), don’t worry, there’s still time!!
Summer Application deadline is February 1 at 11:59pm – Advanced Standing Only (Must have a BSW)
Fall Application Deadline is March 1 at 11:59pm.

UMKC School of Social Work Admission Requirements
1. A baccalaureate degree. Applicants with a BSW can apply for the Advanced Standing Program.
2. A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is preferred; or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of the baccalaureate program. Note lower GPA’s will be considered for provisional admission (see www.cas.umkc/socialwork).
3. Three professional and/or academic references who can assess your potential for graduate study in social work.
4. The GRE is NOT required.

Application Checklist
o Online Application
o Application Fee
o Narratives (detailed information below)
o Statement of Values and Ethics
o Preparation for Professional Training Narrative
o Resume
o Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: It is strongly suggested the letters of recommendation come from individuals able to judge your potential for social work (i.e. a social worker, field instructor, other working in closely aligned field) and/or individuals able to judge your academic potential.
o Transcripts: You must personally request transcripts from previous schools you have attended. Requests for official transcripts should be made as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt of these documents. In addition, applicants who either currently attend, or have attended, UMKC must make a new request for transcripts to be reported to the School of Social Work. For transcript assistance, please call (816) 235-1121. Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may call Relay Missouri at 1-800-735-2966 (TT) or 1-800-735-2466 (voice).

Instructions: Provide a response to the two narrative sections below. Answer all questions under each heading with clear, logical, and reasonable responses. Provide appropriate examples and meet each section’s page number requirements. The quality of the content of each narrative section will be used to determine the applicant’s preparedness for professional graduate social work education.
Statement of Values and Ethics
Attach a brief essay (2-5 typewritten, double-spaced pages) in which you address the following:
o The NASW Code of Ethics may be found at:
o Discuss your purpose for pursuing a Master’s in Social Work.
o Compare and contrast your personal value framework with the NASW Code of Ethics’ values and principles.
o In light of the Code of Ethics, what human needs do you hope to address as a professional social worker?
o In light of the Code of Ethics, how will you infuse all of the six ethical principles into your future social work practice?
o Describe a personal life experience that challenged your values and ethics. How did you respond to this challenge?

Preparation for Professional Training
Provide complete answers to all of the points below, including specific examples (2-5 typewritten, double-spaced pages).
o Please explain any particular difficulties or successes in your undergraduate academic career.
o How would you evaluate your academic experience up to this point in time?
o Identify how you have managed the personal and professional challenges in your life.
o What social supports do you have in place (or you can put in place) to assist with managing work, family and academic commitments?
o Identify the areas in which you need further academic and personal development.

Advanced Standing ONLY:
Provide a 3-5 page, typewritten, double-spaced response to the following:
o Provide an overview of your field practicum experiences.
o Describe lessons learned from your field experiences. Provide specific examples.
o How do you think these lessons learned will affect your future social work field experiences?
o In relation to the social work profession, what areas do you need to further your personal and professional growth?

Become a Student

Are you ready to make your passion your job?

Successful candidates for the UMKC MSW program must hold a baccalaureate degree that reflects a broad liberal arts base in social, behavior or psychological sciences, human biology, the humanities or statistics and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Note: In order to apply for advanced standing, successful candidates must hold a baccalaureate degree in Social Work. They must also have earned that degree within the past 5 years.

For more information you can e-mail us at or call 816-235-1025.

The Rev. Dr. Bruce T. Hall Master of Social Work Scholarship

The Rev. Dr. Bruce Turner Hall Master of Social Work Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible through the estate of the Reverend Dr. Bruce Turner Hall and the Bruce T. Hall Fund at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.  The Reverend Dr. Hall held a PhD in Political Science and taught at California State University at Fullerton, the University of Redlands, and at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.  He left teaching to pursue social work and in 2003 received a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City after which he practiced family therapy with the Missouri Division of Youth Services. In 2007, Dr. Hall returned to teaching as coordinator of Metropolitan Community College’s Human Services/Social Work program.  He volunteered his time to numerous organizations throughout Kansas City and was a fond supporter of theater and the arts.  Dr. Hall was Ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church in 2004 and served in that capacity at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Missouri. 


Potential applicants include individuals who:

  • Have pursued a career in social work for a minimum of five years.
  • Be returning students pursuing an advanced degree in social work.*
    • * Master of Social Work, Doctor of Social Work or PhD in Social Work.

To Apply:

Individuals who are current or accepted students in a Master of Social Work program and meet the prior professional experience criteria eligible.  Please submit a brief essay of not more than two double-spaced pages outlining your professional social work goals.  The review committee will select scholarship awardees based on the following criteria:

  • The applicant’s commitment social work service in the Kansas City area
  • How well the applicant’s professional goals align with Dr. Hall’s passion for helping families in Kansas City, service to disadvantaged and oppressed populations, or the social services mission of the Episcopal Diocese.
  • A current resume
  • The applicant’s demonstrable financial need.

Preference shall be given to applicants who are in good standing with the Episcopal Church.  Applicants claiming preference should attach evidence in the form of a letter from a Pastor, Deacon, or other official of the Episcopal Church.  Affiliation with the Episcopal Church is not a requirement for this scholarship.

The Bruce T. Hall Fund will award 1 or more applicants based on fund availability and the number of awards made.

Application Deadline:  Fourth Monday in March

Application Checklist:

  1. Brief Essay outlining Professional social work experience and future goals (PDF document)
  2. Current Resume with three references(PDF or MS Word document)
  3. A statement of financial need (PDF or Word document)
  4. Optional Affiliation in good standing with an Episcopal Church (PDF)

Link to apply Online:


Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The Consortium for Aging in Community sponsors a graduate certificate in gerontology, which can be integrated into the M.A. degree in Social Work or a variety of other graduate degree programs.

UMKC’s Consortium for Aging in Community is organized around the goal of devising responses and approaches for an aging world.  Its membership cuts across schools and departments, allowing clinical, professional, academic, and fine-art scholars and researchers to communicate and innovate together. In addition, the Consortium actively engages a wide variety of community partners, working together to respond to the needs of our aging communities, nation, and world.

Learn more about UMKC’s Consortium for Aging in Community


Leadership in Disability Studies Certificate

The Institute for Human Development offers the Interdisciplinary Leadership in Disability Studies Certificate for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree and who wish to obtain advanced training in the emerging, interdisciplinary field of disability studies. Students may pursue the Interdisciplinary Leadership in Disability Studies Certificate to complement a master’s degree or doctorate, or on its own.

Learn more about the Leadership in Disability Studies Certificate

Contact Us

If you have questions about our programs or want to know more about studying Social Work at UMKC, get in touch with us.

Campus Location

The School of Social Work is located in Cherry Hall on the UMKC Volker Campus. Campus maps can be accessed online.

Main Office

Cherry Hall, 2nd Floor
5030 Cherry Street
Kansas City, Missouri
Phone: 816-235-1025
Fax: 816-235-6573

Department Chair

Deborah Smith
Phone: 816-235-2529 

Program Director

Amy Simmons
Phone: (816) 235-5870

Administrative Assistant

Heidi Updike
Phone: 816-235-1040

Director of Field

Ile Haggins, MSW, LCSW
Phone: 816-235-6717

Coordinator of Field

Adriana Paez, MSW
Phone: 816-235-6208

Field Administrator

VanMattson Sarah, MA
Phone: 816-235-2203

Program Requirements

Newly Admitted Students

Students who have just been admitted into the UMKC School of Social Work have little latitude concerning which classes they enroll in during their first semester.  There are three categories of students admitted into the program: Full-time, Part-Time, and Advanced Standing BSW.  The Advanced Standing BSW can be either full or part time.

Traditional Program
  • Requires 60 credits coursework (12 credit hours of field practicum)
  • The Traditional Program may be completed either full or part time
    • Full time student are able to complete within 2 years (15 credit hours each semester)
      • Some elective courses are available during the summer to lighten the full-time load Fall and Spring
    • Part-time students typically take 3-4 years (6 credit hours to 9 or 12 credit hours each semester)
  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 overall GPA

Full-Time Students

Full-time students who have been admitted into the program and are not transferring any MSW foundation courses will only have the option of enrolling the in following courses during their first year:

  • SOCWK 5510 Foundation Field Practicum I
  • SOCWK 5532 Foundations of Social Work Practice I
  • SOCWK 5530 Human Behavior: Individuals in the Social Environment
  • SOCWK 5534 Social Welfare Programs and Policies
  • SOCWK 5536 Social Work Research Methods
  • SOCWK 5511 Foundation Field Practicum II
  • SOCWK 5533 Foundations of Social Work Practice II
  • SOCWK 5531 Human Behavior: Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • SOCWK 5565 Systemic Oppression & Social Justice Advocacy
  • SOCWK 5537 Quantitative Social Work Research Methods

Part-Time Students

The first two semesters of the part-time students’ program are 6-9 credit hours each.

  • SOCWK 5530 Human Behavior: Individuals in the Social Environment
  • SOCWK 5534 Social Welfare Programs and Policies
  • plus an optional approved elective
  • SOCWK 5531 Human Behavior: Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • SOCWK 5565 Systemic Oppression & Social Justice Advocacy
  • plus an optional approved elective

Advanced Standing BSW Students

Students who are accepted as advanced standing students must have a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.  Advanced Standing BSW students take 6 Credits Hours of Masters level coursework to bring them up to the same educational level as Traditional Standing students who have finished their first 30 hours of required courses.  These bridging courses (SOC-WK 5538 and 5539) are only offered during the Summer semester.  Applicants who wish to start earlier may take approved electives prior to completing their bridging courses

Advanced Standing Program
  • Requires a BA or BS in Social Work
    • from a program accredited by CSWE
  • Requires 36 credits of coursework (6 credit hours of field practicum)
  • May be completed in one year of full-time attendance (15 credit hours each semester, plus 6 credit hours of “bridging courses”)
  • Bridging courses are offered only during the Summer semester
  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 overall GPA
Advanced Standing Courses
  • SOCWK 5538 Advanced Standing Seminar: Contemporary Trends in Social Work Practice/Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • SOCWK 5539 Advanced Standing Seminar: Emerging Issues in Social Welfare Policy and Research

Department Events


All Informational Meetings will be virtual

August 27, 2020 6:00pm-7:00pm
September 15, 2020 6:00pm-7:00pm
October 14, 2020 12:00-1:00pm

RSVP instructions will be available soon


Faculty/Staff Directory

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Field Education

Defining Field

Field education (sometimes referred to as field practicum) provides hands-on training, and offers students the chance to explore interests, make mistakes in a supportive learning environment, and find their niche within the diverse array of social work career options. Field education is a tradition in the Social Work profession that separates us from other professions by the lengthy commitment of time given to the effort and by the strong legacy of mentorship that is nurtured through the relationships.

Research in social work education indicates that students report that their field experience is the most effective learning opportunity that they have in their graduate school education.  It is in the field that students have the opportunity to integrate theoretical and research knowledge into a cohesive understanding of their profession practice.  Learning opportunities in the field setting create teachable moments that have a great impact on student development.

According to the CSWE:

The intent of field education is to connect the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with the practical world of the practice setting. It is a basic precept of social work education that the two interrelated components of curriculum — classroom and field — are of equal importance within the curriculum, and each contributes to the development of the requisite competencies of professional practice. Field education is systematically designed, supervised, coordinated, and evaluated based on criteria by which students demonstrate the achievement of program competencies (1).

UMKC’s Field Opportunities

We are fortunate to have in Kansas City and surrounding communities a wealth of helping service agencies. We are privileged to have many of these agencies represented in our field education program. Our communities are committed to the preservation and development of human service agencies that provide a myriad of services to community residents. This commitment is evidenced by the number of volunteer hours that field instructors contribute to the training of MSW students. UMKC offers practicum opportunities from micro to macro level, across a variety of areas of interest in the field.

Field Opportunities
  • Administrative
  • Aging
  • Behavioral health
  • Community advocacy
  • Child welfare
  • Disability
  • Education
  • Homeless
  • Hospice
  • Human Trafficking
  • Immigration
  • Medical
  • Poverty
  • Re-entry
  • Substance Abuse
  • Veterans
  • Youth


(1) Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Info Sessions

Interested in learning more about the UMKC School of Social Work?

We have Monthly Informational Sessions for potential social work students where we discuss expectations of graduate school work and the social work profession.

Please refer to the dates on the event page. Application packages and resources on campus are discussed in addition to a question and answer session.

Thank you for your interest in the MSW program. We look forward to your visit.

All Informational Meetings are held at various times and on different days throughout the academic year.

Please check in at: Cherry Hall, Room 225, 5030 Cherry St. on the Volker Campus

All visitors should park in metered parking on Level 5 of the Parking Facility at the corner of 50th and Cherry St.

There is a skywalk from the parking facility to Cherry Hall. Handicapped parking is available on the 5th level as well. Please note that there is a $1.25 per hour charge to park in UMKC metered parking.

All prospective students are welcome to attend to ask questions about the UMKC School of Social Work.  We appreciate your interest. You can RSVP by email to

For future informational meetings not yet listed, please e-mail Professor Amy Simmons, Program Director (

UMKC’s Volker Campus Maps

MSW Program Information and Forms

This page serves as a link page to access important information about our program and the University

Student Handbook Program Options MSW Flyer MSW FAQ


The Master of Social Work program is administratively housed in the College of Arts & Sciences and also is a part of the UMKC School of Graduate Studies.  Students are advised to take a look at both the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Graduate Studies websites, in order to be sure you are in compliance with their requirements.


Paying for Graduate School

Paying for education is an important challenge for those seeking to further their careers in social work or for those who wish to shift their careers to helping others by obtaining a Master of Social Work degree.  On this page is a growing list of training grants, scholarships and fellowships available at UMKC or through other organizations that students and prospective students might qualify for

The Rev. Dr. Bruce Turner Hall Master of Social Work Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible through the estate of the Reverend Dr. Bruce Turner Hall and the Bruce T. Hall Fund at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.  The Reverend Dr. Hall held a PhD in Political Science and taught at California State University at Fullerton, the University of Redlands, and at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.  He left teaching to pursue social work and in 2003 received a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City after which he practiced family therapy with the Missouri Division of Youth Services. In 2007, Dr. Hall returned to teaching as coordinator of Metropolitan Community College’s Human Services/Social Work program.  He volunteered his time to numerous organizations throughout Kansas City and was a fond supporter of theater and the arts.  Dr. Hall was Ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church in 2004 and served in that capacity at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Missouri. 

For More Information on how to apply: Bruce T Hall Scholarship

Minority Fellowship Program – Y

“The purpose of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health-care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent master’s-level behavioral health professionals serving children, adolescents, and populations in transition to adulthood (aged 16–25).”  This Initiative is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services.  Application Cycles start each Fall.  See the CSWE website for more information.

Dr. Bob Prue 816-235-5861 is a MFP alumni, feel free to contact him for more information or assistance

UMKC Student Financial Aid

The university maintains a listing of scholarship opportunities on their webpage.  While many are only for undergraduate students or for specific disciplines there are graduate scholarships available :


Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society

The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideas. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

There are many benefits to joining the Phi Alpha Honor Society:

  • Recognition of academic excellence
  • Social Work’s internationally recognized honor society
  • Social Work’s largest honor society
  • Students have met high standards
  • Respected by employers, social workers and college admissions
  • National presentation opportunities
  • Lifetime membership
  • Membership certificate & lapel pin

To be eligible for membership in the Nu Lambda Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, a student must:

  • Be in their last semester of the MSW program
  • With a GPA of 3.75 or greater
  • Have no unfinished incompletes, or unresolved behavioral allegations, and no academic hearing pending

The cost of membership (cash or check, made payable to UMKC)

  • New members = $38
  • Current members = $23

To apply for membership, submit the application with an unofficial transcript that includes Fall 20xx grades (your last fall semester) to the School of Social Work

For any questions, please contact the Faculty Advisor Sarah Pilgrim (

Poster Symposium

Since 2012 the School of Social Work in collaboration with the Master of Social Work Student Organization has held an annual Capstone Projects Symposium.  This poster symposium was initiated as a Student led project, stemming from the work of Mark Brehm, MSW 2013.

Kate Beem Presents at the 2nd Annual Capstone Symposium

The Capstone Project is an integral part of SOC-WK 5579 Integration Seminar in Advanced Generalist Practice.

Tim Decker, Director of the State of Missouri’s Children’s Division was our Keynote speaker in 2014.

Area agencies such as CornerStones of Care have been a regular sponsor of this Symposium and agencies have used it as a recruiting opportunity for our MSW graduates.




The School of Social Work in collaboration with the School of Nursing and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center is delivering Substance Abuse Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment training to every social work student during their Concentration year practicum.  This is a grant, though the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, has numerous societal benefits, plus offers a certificate for our graduating social workers that is valuable to them once in practice

Ile Haggins and Bob Prue are the faculty from the School of Social Work on that grant.

Social Work Students Involved in KC Tenants Victory

KC Tenants is an organization led by a multiracial, multigenerational base of poor and working class tenants in Kansas City. KC Tenants are organizing to ensure that everyone in KC has a safe, accessible and affordable home. KC Tenants created a Tenant Bill of Rights package aimed to address the housing issues tenants face.  On December 13, 2019 the KCMO City Council passed a KC Tenants Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights consist of resolution and ordinance. The ordinance bars landlords from discriminating against and denying rent to a tenant solely on the basis of prior arrests, convictions, evictions, source of income or because of a protected trait which includes race, color, religion, national origin, sex, mental or physical disability, marital status, familial status, age, sexual orientation or gender identity, gender expression, ethnic background, and being a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. It requires landlords to disclose any past issues with the unit; provide resources for a tenant to get an estimate of utilities; and requires the provision of at least 24 hours notice to a tenant before entering their unit.

MSW students Candace Ladd, Kevin Jean Paul and Shanice Taylor have been heavily involved in the process by providing testimonies, deliberating on the Tenants Bill of Right Package, attending several meetings and providing general support to help strengthen the needs of the organization.

Read a summary of the Tenants Bill of Rights Package here:

Read the final resolution and ordinance here:

Student Information

Masters of Social Work Student Organization (MSWSO)

The MSWSO is a UMKC student organization open to and including all MSW students. This organization offers an opportunity for students to actively be involved with the School of Social Work, build networking relationships with peers in the program, and gain additional skills/ experiences to enhance their social work career.

Throughout the academic year, the organization sponsors events such as a licensing information seminar, social gatherings, licensing exam preparation courses, and other events. The MSWSO also gives students input into the School of Social Work decisions through service on faculty committees and participation in the faculty meetings. Please contact the Social Work office or the current president of the MSWSO to become involved. Programs and events are announced via the list serve e-mail.

This AY 2018-2019 Year’s officers that have been elected are:

President – Aaron Crossley
Treasurer – Michelle Greeley
Advocacy/Fundraising – Kate Heinen

For any questions, please contact the Faculty Advisor Dr. Sarah Pilgrim (

Student Representatives to School of Social Work Committees

Student representatives are encouraged to serve as advisory members of School of Social Work faculty committees. Student representatives ensure that student voices and opinions are taken into consideration as decisions are made regarding the School of Social Work. The following committees are typically active during the academic year:

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Field Advisory Board
  • Marketing & Retention
  • Ad Hoc committees appointed by the Director

Student Resources

Student Handbook

Please download and refer to the student handbook for all issues relating to the program.

UMKC School of Social Work Current Handbook

Checking your Enrollment Dates

1) You will receive an email from UMKC Central explaining your time to start enrolling in classes. This email will be sent out the 2nd week in October for Spring semester and the 2nd week in March for Fall.

2) Go to UMKC webpage and go to the right-hand corner to select “Pathway

3) Enter your Single Sign On (SSO) and the corresponding password that you created

4) On the home page select “Student Center”

5) Go to the bottom right hand side and under “Enrollment Dates” select “details”

















6) Go to the bottom right hand side and select “Add Classes” to start the enrollment process
















Two College Faculty Receive President’s Awards

The College is proud to congratulate two of our outstanding faculty members on their recent awards from the President of the University of Missouri System.

Dr. Richard Delaware, Teaching Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, received the President’s Award for Innovative Teaching. This honor “recognizes faculty who are outstanding teachers and who employ novel and innovative teaching methods to achieve success in student learning” (UM System). Dr. Delaware has been teaching at UMKC since 1984, and the Innovative Teaching Award is the latest addition to the many honors he has received during his time here. Students praise his techniques which foster collaboration and communication, enabling students to do hands-on work in class and communicate their approach with peers. Dr. Delaware’s writing intensive course, History of Mathematics, has generated award-winning student research papers and publications since 2004. You can read more about this innovative course here. In addition to the courses he teaches at UMKC, Dr. Delaware has also recorded and uploaded full course videos for College Algebra and Calculus I to YouTube, which have reached thousands of students world-wide.

Dr. Sarah Pilgrim was awarded the President’s Award for Intercampus Collaboration, which “recognizes faculty who engage in activities that foster collaboration across two or more campuses of the University of Missouri System” (UM System). The collaborative project, Fostering Well Being, was established by Dr. Pilgrim and Dr. Virginia Ramseyer-Winter at the University of Missouri in Columbia, with contributions from faculty in Columbia’s School of Engineering and other faculty across both campuses. Drs. Pilgrim and Ramseyer-Winter also work with organizations such as Kansas City-based Youth Ambassadors and with graduate students serving as research associates at UMKC and MU. With the goal of supporting underserved youth in Missouri, the project aims to develop a phone-based app to provide critical public health information to foster families and vulnerable youth. Dr. Pilgrim joined the School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in 2016. Her work with the Fostering Well Being project closely aligns with her research interests in adolescent trauma especially as related to foster placement.

Congratulations to these two professors for this remarkable recognition of their important work with our students and our community.

UMKC School of Social Work Job Listings

The UMKC School of Social Work offers positions in the Social Work Department. To view job listings, visit the UMKC Human Resources page provided in the link below, select job listings, and search Social Work. Current UMKC School of Social Work job listings are below.

Human Resources: (

Social Work Adjunct Instructor

Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Department: Social Work
Job Family: Teaching & Research Faculty
Business Unit: University of MO-Kansas City
Close Date: Open Until Filled

Social Work Chair

The School of Social Work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) seeks nominations and applicants for Chair who possess an excellent record of educational leadership and professional and scholarly achievement. The chair will capitalize on human and financial resources to mentor faculty scholarship and communicate across internal and external constituencies to promote social justice and cultural diversity. This is a nine-month, tenured appointment at the rank of associate or full professor. Research area is open. Summer administration is required.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and abilities to advance program development including strengthening our relationship with UMKC’s Inter-professional Educational Program and Institute for Human Development as well as interfacing with a new e-learning initiative across the University of Missouri System’s four-campuses in order to address the Grand Challenges for Social Work.

University of Missouri-Kansas City’s College of Arts & Sciences, School of Social Work

Established in 1999, the School of Social Work offers an advanced generalist MSW program within an urban community context, partnering with 250 sites that provide a wide range of field learning experiences for our students. Within UMKC it collaborates with professional schools of Dentistry, Education, Law, Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, and Urban Planning. Since 2008, the School has collaborated with child welfare organizations in the development of workforce preparation and child welfare transformation traineeships. The School has six diverse full-time faculty and annually graduates 60+ MSW students.

UMKC,, the urban-focused campus of the University of Missouri System, is categorized as a High Research Activity Doctoral University by the Carnegie Foundation. UMKC’s Campus is located in south-central Kansas City (metro-area population 1.8 million), which has recently been ranked one of “America’s best Downtowns” (Forbes), one of America’s “Most Affordable Cities” (Forbes), and one of the “Top 10 Cities for College Grads” (Livability). In addition, Newsweek lists six area high schools as among the “Nation’s best”. Located in the cultural hub of Kansas City, the UMKC campus is a vital part of the city’s ethnic and cultural diversity.

Minimum Qualifications

• Earned Doctorate in Social Work or a closely-related discipline.
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service commensurate with an appointment of a tenured associate or full professor, including a successful record of grant funding.
• Evidence of administrative excellence in higher education.
• Demonstrated excellence in promoting student engagement.
• Demonstrated commitment to community engagement, diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

• Earned MSW degree
• Experience in social work education
• Experience cultivating community ties
• Experience with online education

Full Time/Part Time
Full Time, Benefit Eligible.


Commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline

Application review will begin Monday January 13, 2020 and will remain open until filled.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following materials online (as one document)
at :

1. Cover letter summarizing how their experience addresses position qualifications
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Statement of research agenda
4. Statement of administrative philosophy
5. Full contact information for four references

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Deborah B. Smith, Chair of the Search Committee, Professor of Sociology & Interim Chair of the School of Social Work at

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor – Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.




Why MSW Program?

Our Social Work perspective looks not only at individual thoughts, feelings, and actions but also at the social environment as a primary arena for opportunities for change.

There are many reasons to consider an MSW. Social workers are the primary service providers for people in need in this country. The UMKC MSW program prepares students with knowledge, values, and skills to work across a broad array of settings with diverse people.

This social work perspective looks not only at individual thoughts, feelings, and actions but also at the social environment as a primary arena for opportunities for change. Social workers are committed to care-centered practice, community-building, and social justice.

Our advanced generalist curriculum is based on core professional competencies in the following areas: social work practice theory, organizations and leadership, community-building and social action, research and evaluation, and professional development.

MSW students take courses in all of these areas in the classroom and in the field. Students have the opportunity to integrate learning in the integration seminar taken in the final semester.