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Following Launch of Online DSW, Dean Miller Honored at UK Basketball Game

In response to the social worker shortage, UK launched the first online Doctorate of Social Work Program in Kentucky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2020) With the well-being of Kentuckians in mind, the University of Kentucky College of Social Work launched an online Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) program.

The first of its kind in the state, the program will successfully prepare students for advanced social work practice, clinical research, administrative leadership and executive roles. Additionally, the robust coursework will creatively address society’s most complex social issues.

During the Saturday, Feb. 15, men's basketball game at Rupp Arena, UK honored College of Social Work Dean Jay Miller.

According to Miller, the program could not come at a more pressing time. “We recognize that as the social challenges become increasingly complex, so too must our response,” he explained. “For now, that response is the DSW program. We really think it meets a unique need here in Kentucky."

If you're interested in learning more about the program, visit the CoSW website, call 859-257-6650, text “DSW” to 31996 or email

Photo of Jay Miller
During the Saturday, Feb. 15, men's basketball game at Rupp Arena, UK honored Dean Jay Miller. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

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