University of Tennessee, Knoxville Online MSW Program

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s (UTK) College of Social Work offers both part-time and full-time traditional and advanced standing online Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) programs. An MSSW is equivalent to an MSW as both are recognized as a Master’s in Social Work by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Students have the option to choose between two different concentrations: Evidence Based Interpersonal Practice, which is a clinical social work program, and Management, Leadership and Community Practice, which is a macro social work program.

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 Learn More: Interview with Professor Kate Chaffin – Director of the Online MSSW Program at UT Knoxville
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 Learn More: Interview with Professor Sarah Keiser – Coordinator of Field Services for the Online MSSW Program at UTK
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UTK’s traditional standing program requires the completion of 60 credits and can be completed in two years (full-time program) or three to four years (extended study program). The advanced standing program requires the completion of 37 course credits over 12 months of full-time study or 18 to 24 months of part-time study. UTK’s online MSSW programs feature a combination of asynchronous and synchronous instruction, and abide by the same curriculum standards as the University’s on-campus MSSW programs. Students enter the program as part of a cohort that progresses through the course sequence together.

Students in UTK’s online MSSW programs are not required to visit the campus during the program, but must complete field placements at a local agency (as is required for all MSW programs). Traditional standing students complete one foundation level 352-hour field practicum and one advanced level 672-hour field practicum for a total of 1,024 hours of field education. Advanced standing students only need to complete the advanced level 672-hour field practicum. During their foundation level placement, students fulfill four semesters of internship hours. Students in their advanced level field placement complete two semesters of internship hours.

UTK’s online MSSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is also regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


University of Tennessee, Knoxville Online MSW Program: Overview

Department: College of Social Work

Degree Types: Traditional and Advanced Standing

Concentrations: Evidence Based Interpersonal Practice (Clinical); Management, Leadership and Community Practice (Macro)

Program Structure: Online with field placements (no campus visits or residency requirements)

Instruction Methods: Both asynchronous and synchronous instruction – online students will know well in advance when evening lectures or discussions are scheduled. For students who live within driving distance of the Nashville campus (but are outside of 25 miles), some classes may meet on Saturdays (usually no more than three times per semester), but online students are all online.

Program Information – Traditional Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: M.S.S.W. Distance Education Program
  • Phone Number: (865) 974-1000

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 1,024 hours (two field placements: 352 hours, 672 hours)
  • Number of Credits Required: 60 credits

Program Length

  • Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
  • Program Length: Full-time - Two years; Part-time - Three to four years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE Information: No GRE Required

Program Information – Advanced Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: M.S.S.W. Distance Education Program – Advanced Standing  

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: A total of 672 hours (one field placement)
  • Number of Credits Required: 36 credits are needed to graduate

Program Length

  • Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
  • Program Length: Full-time - One year; Part-time - One and a half to two years
  • Program Start Dates: Summer admission only

Admission Requirements

  • BSW Requirement: Students must have a BSW or BSSW from a CSWE accredited program
  • GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE Information: No GRE Required

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