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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with over 200 years of academic tradition, is Tennessee's premier institution of higher learning. The University is committed to excellence in education and challenges its students and faculty to excel in scholarship, in research, and in contributions to economic, social, and cultural development. Several years ago, the University of Tennessee began the Ready for the World initiative. The College of Social Work immediately embraced the ideas of this program, encouraging students to gain international and intercultural knowledge that they need to succeed in today's world and seeking to attract international students to come to our campus.

The College offers multi-level degrees in Social Work:

  • The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) Program
  • The Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) Program
  • Doctor of Social Work (DSW) in Clinical Practice and Leadership Program
  • The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a major in Social Work Program

Options are available to complete the MSSW and DSW degrees through our online programs. In addition, the college offera a variety of certifications including:

  • Gerontology
  • Veterinary
  • Trauma
  • School Social Work

Graduates of the College of Social Work generally become gainfully employed within 3-6 months of graduation in the following areas: Community Development, Fundraising, Program Administrators, Lobbyists, Policy Analysts, School Social Workers, Hospital and Medical Social Work, Mental Health Agencies, Drug and Alcohol programs, Military/Veterans Affairs.

After selecting the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as your destination to earn yourBSSW, MSSW, DSW or PhD, applying to the University is the next step. It's important to meet admissions criteria and abide by admission deadlines to ensure you receive your immigration paperwork timely. Visit the International Admissions website for complete details.

Admissions- Conditional Acceptance

After selecting the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as your destination to earn your BSSW, MSSW, DSW or PhD, applying to the University is the next step. It's important to meet admissions criteria and abide by admission deadlines to ensure you receive your immigration paperwork.

International Students must meetl University of Tennessee, Knoxville admission requirements in addition to receiving a passing TOEFL score ( 550 paper/80 iBT/6.6ielts). The College of Social Work is a participant in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Conditional Acceptance offer. Students should apply for admission to the UTK Graduate School and the College of Social Work (please complete any program-specific requirements as found on the program page). Whne completing the Graduate School application, check the request for conditional admission, as well as complete the Request for English Proficiency Conditional Admission form. The College of Social Work admissions committee will review the applicants materials to determine whether a recommendation to the Graduate School for conditional acceptance is appropriate. The applicant will receive notification of the College's decision.

International Students whose request for conditional acceptance is approved will enroll in The University of Tennessee, Knoxville English Language Institute ( ELI) - pending successful TOEFL/IBT/IELTS scores which will grant the student full admission into the UTK Graduate School and College of Social Work.

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