We understand - you probably have a lot of questions about the application and admissions process of MSSW Program at the University of Tennessee. So, we've put together a detailed FAQ that covers the most common questions we are asked each year. In an effort help you find the answers to your questions quickly, we've organized the questions into categories:
The deadline for submission of all application materials is February 1st, but it is recommended that you complete your application well in advance of the deadline. Submitting your materials early will ensure timely processing and help avoid delays.
Applications will be reviewed until the class is full. If your application is complete after the deadline you will be considered for admission only if space is available, and it is possible that you will be put on a waiting list.
Yes, there is a non-refundable $60.00 application fee. Payment will be submitted online with your Graduate Admissions application. The University of Tennessee will not receive your application until the fee is paid online.
Students may apply for admission to either the full time, extended study, or advanced standing program. Application for admission to all three programs is completed through the same admissions process and the same application is used for all options. On the MSSW supplemental section of the application you will be required to choose the campus (Knoxville, Nashville, or Online) and program (advanced standing, full time, or extended study) that you would like to apply to.
Please note that you may be contacted if the MSSW admissions committee feels you are more qualified for one program than another (for example, you applied for admission to the full time program but the committee feels extended study would be a better option for you).
No, applicants may only be considered for admission at one campus.
We do not offer spring admission. The advanced standing program begins summer semester. The full time and extended study programs begin fall semester.
Your application is considered complete when all required documents have been received. Due to the large number of applications we receive you will not be notified when your application is complete, but you may contact the Office of MSSW Admissions to check the status of your application and find out if any items have not been received.
You can also check the status of your application by logging back into the online application system. Go to the ApplyWeb application portal, click “Online Application,” and enter the same user name and password you created when submitting your application. Click “View Checklist” to see the status of your admission application.
Please be aware that it is your responsibility to make sure that all application materials arrive by the February 1st deadline.
Your statement should be 4–5 typed, double-spaced pages. Please see the MSSW Professional Statement Guidelines for details on writing the professional statement. Your professional statement must specifically address your motivation in seeking an MSSW and as such it is an extremely important part of the application.
If you wish, you may submit a resume and/or writing sample (research paper or publication). These additional items are not required as part of the application, and should be uploaded with the online application if you choose to submit them.
In order for your application to be processed, you will need to upload scanned copies of official transcripts to your application. Copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions you have attended are required.
A transcript acceptable for uploading is one that you obtain from your institution’s registrar or recorder of records. Transcripts that are in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations.
Do not upload into the online application any of the following:
If you do not upload your transcript(s) with your application, you must have your official transcript(s) mailed directly from the institution(s) to the Graduate Admissions office.
Please do not have transcripts sent to the Office of MSSW Admissions.
If you are a current or former student at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, you do not need to upload a copy of your transcript. The Office of Graduate Admissions will be able to access your transcript. However, you must include The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the colleges/universities you list on your application.
We do allow students from other CSWE-accredited graduate Social Work programs to transfer credits into our program. Transfer applicants must complete the entire application process and must also submit a course syllabus for each course they are seeking to transfer. Please refer to the MSSW Student Handbook for information on transfer credits.
All MSSW applications are processed through the MSSW Admissions and Records Office, which is located on the Knoxville campus in 401 Henson Hall. An applicant may contact this office with questions about the program, the application process, or the status of his or her application (865-974-1096 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
References constitute an essential part of the admission process and should be chosen with care. At least one must be an academic reference from a full-time faculty member. The others should be professional references from sources familiar with your volunteer, internship, or paid work experience. They should be able to provide information regarding your ability, character, past academic and/or employment performance over an extended period of time, and potential for success in the practice of social work. Family members and friends are not acceptable references.
Three (3) MSSW reference evaluation forms are required to complete your application. During the application process you will submit the names and email addresses of your three (3) references. These individuals will receive an electronic reference form to complete and return directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
You may contact the Office of M.S.S.W. Admissions if you need a PDF version of the form.
If you check, ?I waive the right to examine this evaluation,? the person writing the reference will write the reference knowing that you will not have access to reading it. If you check, ?I do not waive the right to examine this evaluation,? the person writing the reference will write the reference knowing that you can ask to read the reference.
You can check the status of your references by logging back into the online application system. Go to the ApplyWeb application portal, click “Online Application,” and enter the same user name and password you created when submitting your application. Click “View Checklist” to see the status of your admission application. You can also contact the Office of MSSW Admissions at email@example.com. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all of their application materials have been received.
If your question isn't covered in our FAQ, or if you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Office of MSSW Admissions:
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