Online MSW Programs in Kentucky (KY)

There are four Council on Social Work Education accredited MSW programs offered in an online format from Kentucky universities: Campbellsville University, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, and Western Kentucky University. Each of these programs is asynchronous in format, with the exception of Western Kentucky University which offers a blend of asynchronous and synchronous content delivery.

Please note: All online MSW programs require students to complete field education at a local health services agency.

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Campbellsville University’s School of Social Work offers a traditional standing program in a full-time format, and an advanced standing program in both a full-time and part-time format. University of Kentucky’s program if full-time only, but is an option for both traditional and advanced placement students. University of Louisville offers full and part-time options for both traditional and advanced standing students. Finally, Western Kentucky University offers a part-time traditional program and an advanced-standing program in either full or part-time.

In addition to The University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work, students residing in Kentucky have several out-of-state online MSW and MSSW options. There are many out-of-state universities offering online MSW or MSSW programs that accept students from Kentucky. The majority of these are fully online and do not require students to visit campus while earning their degrees, but some do require a limited number of visits. For students who want the flexibility of online courses yet would still like to meet their professors and classmates in person, these particular programs may be ideal.

Several out-of-state online MSW and MSSW programs also have the same tuition rate for in-state and out-of-state students, so prospective students would be wise to research as many options as possible. To learn more about a program, click on the school’s name below.

Colleges in Kentucky with Online MSW Programs

Colleges in Kentucky with Online MSW Programs
SCHOOL NAME STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM PROGRAM OPTIONS
Campbellsville University 100% Online Traditional FT, Advanced FT & PT
University of Kentucky 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
University of Louisville 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing FT & PT
Western Kentucky University 100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced FT & PT


Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Kentucky

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Indiana
University Name Program Structure Program Options
Adelphi University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
Arizona State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Baylor University
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Boise State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Boston University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
California State University, Northridge 100% Online Traditional FT
California State University, San Bernardino Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT
Campbellsville University 100% Online Traditional FT, Advanced FT & PT
Capella University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Case Western Reserve University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Columbia University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced PT
Delaware State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Edinboro University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Florida State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Fordham University
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George Mason University 100% Online Traditional PT
Humboldt State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
Indiana University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Louisiana State University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced FT
Loyola University Chicago 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Metropolitan State University of Denver 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
New Mexico State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Ohio State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Ohio University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Our Lady of the Lake University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Portland State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT, Advanced FT
Rutgers University 100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced FT
Samford University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
San Jose State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT
Simmons University
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Syracuse University
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Temple University 100% Online Traditional PT
Texas State University - San Marcos 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
The Catholic University of America 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Tulane University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced FT
University at Buffalo (SUNY) 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Arkansas 100% Online Advanced FT
University of Central Florida 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Denver
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University of Georgia 100% Online Traditional PT
University of Houston 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Kentucky 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
University of Louisville 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Nevada, Reno 100% Online Traditional 8 Semesters, Advanced 4 Semesters
University of New England (UNE) 100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced Accelerated & PT
University of New Hampshire 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
University of North Dakota Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
University of South Florida 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Tennessee at Knoxville 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley 100% Online Advanced FT
West Virginia University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Western New Mexico University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Winthrop University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Yeshiva University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT

All online MSW programs require field education at a local health services agency. Programs that are 100% online do not require students to visit the campus during the program.

How to Become a Social Worker in Kentucky

The Kentucky Board of Social Work issues three types of social work license: Certified Social Worker (CSW), Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Below are some common steps to become a social worker in Kentucky, which you should confirm with Kentucky’s board of social workers. Information regarding licensure in Kentucky was last retrieved in August 2020.

Pathway to Become a CSW in Kentucky

Pathway to Become an LSW in Kentucky

  • Complete a Bachelor of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pass the Bachelors Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Kentucky Board of Social Work.

Pathway to Become an LCSW in Kentucky

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Doctorate or Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Following graduation, complete 200 hours of supervision and two years of supervised clinical practice experience.
  • Pass the Clinical Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Kentucky Board of Social Work.

For more detailed information on becoming a social worker in Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Board of Social Work. You can also refer to our guides on general requirements for becoming a social worker and becoming an LCSW.

Last updated: September 2020