KU and K-State to partner on new Master of Social Welfare degree in Salina

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Strong Hall on the University of Kansas campus is pictured in September 2021.

The University of Kansas will begin offering graduate-level social welfare classes on Kansas State University’s campus in Salina next year.

KU and K-State will partner to offer a Master of Social Work degree designed to appeal to residents in more rural areas of the state. KU’s highly ranked School of Social Welfare will provide instruction for the program, while Kansas State will provide classrooms and facilities at its Salina campus.

“Social work is one of the fastest-growing career fields, and there is particular need for rural social workers here in Kansas,” Michelle Mohr Carney, KU School of Social Welfare dean, said in a news release. “This partnership with Kansas State will bridge the gap and meet students where they are.”

KU has had a similar partnership with Pittsburg State University since 2019.

The new program will begin teaching students on the KSU-Salina campus in the summer of 2023. The program will include a mix of in-person and online classes, KU said in a release.


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