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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.

Upcoming Events

  • May 10: UTK Graduate Hooding Ceremony - 7:00pm Eastern
  • May 11: College of Social Work Knoxville campus Commencement - 3:30pm Eastern
  • May 20: College of Social Work Nashville campus Graduation - 2:00pm Central
  • May 24: Nashville Advanced Standing Orientation - 9:00am Central
  • May 30: Knoxville Advanced Standing Orientation - 8:00am Eastern

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 Nikki Jones 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.

Kristen RectorDr. V. Nikki Jones, LCSW, LMFT, a 2017 graduate of the College's DSW program, works full-time as a faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University and part-time in private practice. Dr. Jones has provided direct services to couples and families in private practice and community mental health settings. She is our 42nd grand challenger, being recognize for her work in addressing the goals of Grand Challenge #2, Closing the Health Gap.

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