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MSSW Program Locations

The College of Social Work MSSW program offers its curriculum from two on-campus locations and from a full online degree program. The oldest program location is the Nashville campus, which has been in operation since 1942. The first MSSW degrees were granted in June of 1944 from the Nashville School of Social Work, the College's parent institution. The Knoxville Campus is on the main campus of the University of Tennessee in one of the historic university buildings, Henson Hall. At the Knoxville Campus all degree levels are offered from BSSW to MSSW to PhD and DSW.

The online offerings from the college have grown over recent years. The innovative online Master of Science in Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of the nation's top accredited online programs when it comes to value and affordability. Though it is possible to complete the MSSW degree at our college in a completely online environment, the strength of the program is that we offer online students the same curriculum and same faculty that serve on-campus students.

MSSW Program Concentrations

Evidence Based Interpersonal Practice (EBIP)

The Evidence Based Interpersonal Practice concentration is a clinical program that prepares students to provide effective, ethically sound, culturally salient, and evidence-based clinical social work services to individuals and groups.

Students in the EBIP concentration develop skills in clinical evidence-based treatments for use with individuals and groups. The goal of the concentration is to teach students to utilize evidence-based practices for the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of mental health and social functioning. Students develop competencies in advanced assessment, relationship building/enhancement, application of goal-oriented and evidence based interventions, and evaluation of practice.

Students also take a special course to further focus their learning on a population of their choice: children/adolescents, families, or older adults. Clinical electives enable students to advance their knowledge and clinical skills in specific areas, for example Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Substance Abuse, School Social Work, Trauma, Aging, and Hospital Social Work. Potential areas of practice include mental health, child welfare, gerontology, substance abuse, health care, schools, veteran services, the justice system, and other settings providing services to populations at risk.

Organizational Leadership (OL)

The Organizational Leadership concentration equips students with management, social-economic development, and policy practice skills that enable them to lead non-profit agencies, work for the government, and engage with communities to help address pressing needs. The Organizational Leadership (OL) concentration is a macro program based on the underlying principle of social and economic justice. OL practitioners assess and promote the social well being of at-risk and diverse populations across practice settings.

The goal of this concentration is to produce social workers who are critical thinkers in skill-based, evidence-based practices, including social and economic development, planning, organizing, coordinating, developing, and evaluating services and policies for at-risk clients and client systems. The knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired by students in this concentration produce practitioners who are prepared to work as professionals on interdisciplinary teams and in interdisciplinary settings. Students will be prepared to deliver, develop, manage, and evaluate programs; acquire funding; write grants; and analyze and advocate for policy change in political systems, organizations, and communities.

MSSW Program Certificates

In addition to the generalist curriculum that challenges the students in the MSSW program, the college has developed a series of additional program certificates that allow serious student to specialize in four diverse practice areas if they choose to do so.

The certificates programs are:

Each of these specialties are informed by faculty that are highly qualified and well-published in the various fields.



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