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MSSW Application

MSSW Program Admission and
Application Information

Hand Checking Application BoxThe Admissions and Records Office for the college is located in Knoxville in Henson Hall. Applications for both campuses and the Online MSSW Program are processed through this office. Applicants indicate the campus/program in which they are interested on the application form. 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 via e-mail at

Application Deadlines
Priority MSSW applications are accepted from October 1st to February 1st (for the following academic year). Applications will be accepted after the February 1st deadline as space allows. Please be sure to submit all application materials as soon as possible to secure your space.

The 2017 application forms will be available beginning in October 2016.

Note: The UT College of Social Work does not offer spring admission. The advanced standing program begins summer semester. The full time and extended study programs begin fall semester.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the MSSW program is based on the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency or foreign equivalent.
  2. Preparation in the social sciences (at least three-fourths of the undergraduate work should be in the social sciences, humanities, physical sciences, and other liberal arts subjects).
  3. A liberal arts perspective with course work from at least four of these five areas:
    a. economics or mathematics
    b. government, political science, or history
    c. sociology or anthropology
    d. psychology
    e. philosophy, literature, or the arts
  4. U.S. degree holders must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 out of a possible 4.0 on all undergraduate work and a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 on all previous graduate work. Individuals with degrees from foreign institutions must have a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work and a minimum of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale on all previous graduate work. All applicants applying for admission to the Advanced Standing program must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  5. Personal qualifications acceptable for entrance into the professional practice of social work.
  6. GRE scores are not required for admission to the MSSW program. However, applicants may submit current scores from the GRE General Exam to supplement their application materials if they choose. GRE scores are valid for five years from the date of the exam.

Preference is given to applicants with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or above in their undergraduate work and with substantial preparation in the social sciences.
Application Process

  1. Submit the following items directly to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions:
    • Graduate Admissions Application - apply online at
    • Application Fee ($60.00) - pay online when you submit your Graduate Admissions application.
    • Transcripts from each institution you have previously attended. Scanned versions of official transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework must be uploaded with the online application. If you have attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville your UT transcripts will already be on file.
    • Current scores from the GRE General Exam (for those who choose to submit scores - GRE scores are not required). Please use institution code 1843 to have your scores sent to UT.
    • Scores from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if native language is not English.
  2. The following supplemental items are required by the College of Social Work:
    • Professional Statement - you must upload your professional statement with the online application.
    • Three (3) MSSW Reference Evaluation Forms - during the application process applicants will submit the names and emails addresses of three (3) references. These individuals will receive an electronic reference form to complete and return directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

International applicants should refer to the Admission Guide for International Graduate Students for additional information:


For complete information regarding the MSSW program, please refer the MSSW Student Handbook.



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