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Established in 1942, the College has a special mission to serve the needs of the state for advanced social work education. The College provides professional social work education programs that prepare undergraduate and graduate students for social work practice and doctoral level graduate students for social work leadership, research, and academia.

Social work is a unique profession: rich with meaning, action, and the power to make a positive difference in the world. Social workers are devoted to helping individuals, groups, and families in dealing with a variety challenges such as abuse, addiction, discrimination, poverty, and more. If this is something that speaks to you, we encourage you to explore the academic programs we offer and research that our faculty is actively pursuing.

College of Social Work Ranked 25th Among All Public Universities

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Several colleges and programs of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville earned recognition from U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 graduate school rankings, which were released March 20. Three of UT's academic colleges are now ranked in the top 30 among public institutions - including the College of Social Work. The College is now ranked 25th among all public universities.

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Spotlight on Kate Chaffin and the Grand Challenges for Social Work

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UT College of Social Work, we are honoring 75 social workers -- alumni, faculty, staff, and others -- whose work and lives exemplify the 12 Grand Challenges that have been identified by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Bethany JonesOur 50th Grand Challenger is Kate Chaffin, LAPSW, Director of the Nashville MSSW and Online MSSW Programs, and Associate Professor of Practice, whose work addressing the goals of Grand Challenge #8 - "Harness Technology for Social Good", has impacted the College of Social Work Online MSSW Program over the course of its 10 year history. She has carried out the goals of this grand challenge, finding innovative ways to apply digital technology and making it possible for students of social and human services to reach more people with greater impact on our most vexing social problems.

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