Vulnerable populations and all people have unique personal, familial and systemic needs; therefore, social workers who assist them must be specially prepared to address those needs through a variety of roles at the micro, mezzo and macro levels by promoting human and community well-being. The NKU MSW program prepares students as follows:

  • To be critical thinkers in the use of research knowledge and theory in developing and applying assessment, intervention and evaluation methods with clients and communities;
  • To demonstrate leadership and professional responsibility in the field; and
  • To advance social and economic justice.

In an atmosphere of collaboration and teamwork, social work graduate students develop the knowledge, values and skills to provide behavioral health care, community social work and leadership in the profession.

What You Can Do

A graduate degree in social work (MSW) prepares students to effectively serve vulnerable populations and people across the lifespan. After completing all requirements, MSW graduates are eligible for licensure. The social work profession, via a MSW degree, is known for a wide variety of employment opportunities. While this list is not exhaustive, an example of employment opportunities are provided below.

  • Clinical work in mental health and behavioral health care
  • Forensic social work
  • Medical social work
  • Social Justice Initiatives and Policy Work
  • Gerontology

Program Contact Information

Dr. Linda Ault
Director, Master of Social Work Program




Our NKU Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


Beyond the Classroom

MSW students gain valuable professional experience working with experienced social work practitioners in a variety of field settings prior to graduation.  Students may also apply to participate in an international field experience. Field education is key to integrating and demonstrating knowledge, values and skills of the profession. With program oversight and approval, students are able to select their own placement sites.

Students are encouraged to enhance their professional networks through membership in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and participation in other social and economic justice endeavors at the community, national and international levels.