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Serve the
Greater Good

Social and public service degrees at KU in Overland Park

Advocate for causes that you believe in. In KC and beyond.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an additional 100,000 social workers will be needed by 2018 to keep pace with the volume and complexity of social needs in their communities.

KU in Overland Park can help you capitalize on these local and international opportunities. We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work and public administration as well as a graduate degree in global & international studies. Four-course certificates in global & international studies and public administration are offered to students looking to strengthen their resumes.

Why KU in Overland Park?
KU in Overland Park is the first choice for working adult students for many reasons.
We offer:

  • Nationally ranked programs with smaller class sizes.
  • Opportunities for research and experiential learning.
  • 30+ undergraduate and graduate programs, several of which are not available anywhere else in the region.
  • Professional continuing education, workforce training and conferences.
  • Tuition equivalent to in-state rates for Missouri residents.
  • Scholarships and financial aid are available.
Undergraduate Programs
Public Administration

The public administration program prepares students for careers in government, non-profits and private sector businesses. Students gain knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement and evaluate public programs that impact public policy and communities.

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Law and Society

Students with this degree may pursue work in criminal justice organizations, non-profits, policy think thanks and political institutions. This degree also serves as a solid foundation for graduate work in law, public administration and social work. Learn more

Social Work – BSW

Social workers are trained to encourage human potential, promote individual well-being, and to develop a more just society. KU’s social work program prepares students for careers in public or private social agencies, hospitals and other supervised health care settings.

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Graduate Programs
Global & International Studies     Certificate

This four-course program is designed for students looking to quickly strengthen their résumé by adding to existing credentials. These courses can be applied to the global and international studies graduate degree.

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Public Administration – MPA

Ranked No. 1 in city management and urban policy among public universities by U.S. News and World Report, this graduate degree is for those who seek leadership positions in public sector organizations. Students are prepared to design and implement policies, projects and programs that enable their organizations to provide vital services to communities.

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Public Administration     Certificates

These four-course certificate options are designed for students looking to quickly strengthen their resume by adding to existing credentials.

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Social Work – MSW

U.S. News & World Report ranks KU's Master of Social Work program among the nation's top 15 public universities — and the No. 1 social work master’s program in Kansas City. Students gain real-world experience by completing practicums in clinical and administrative settings.

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Adele Falk

“[Social work] is my passion, and my degree from KU in Overland Park will help me stand out among the rest and make a difference.”

Volunteering at a rape crisis center in Kansas City led Adele Falk to pursue her master’s degree in social work from KU in Overland Park. Find out why Adele transitioned from a promising career as an opera singer to a dedicated social worker.

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