The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

MSSW Program

MSSW Admitted Students Resources

Resources for Newly Admitted MSSW Students

Resources for Newly Admitted MSSW Students

Letter Net IDUT EmailMyUTK
Seating Fee Tuition and FeesFinancial Aid
Direct Deposit Academic CalendarsPrograms of Study
Course DescriptionsCourse Registration
Final TranscriptsField Practice and Planning
Immunization Forms Proficiency PolicyUpdate Your Contact Information
International Students Orientation Staff Contacts

Additional Information and University Resources

One Stop Express Student ServicesVolCard Student ID Number
Textbooks Parking Permits
Housing Options (Knoxville) Major Professors Residency Classification
UT Libraries Disability ServiceVeteran Student Services
Master's of Social Work Organization Macro Social Work Student Network
Phi Alpha Honor SocietyDevelopmental Writing Course Hilltopics
Understanding Your Rights and Obligations

Dear Incoming MSSW Students,

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville MSSW program! We are excited to have you as part of our incoming class and know that you are eager to take the next steps toward starting your graduate education. The experience of earning your MSSW can be an amazing journey of professional and personal growth. We are glad that you have chosen to take this path and are here to help you to make the most out of this opportunity.

Please refer to the following information for helpful instructions on what to do next. These resources are provided to answer many of your initial questions and help you plan your transition as a graduate student in the College of Social Work. Note that links will take you to important information on the UT website.

Please check this webpage on a regular basis as it will be updated periodically.

If you have any questions or concernsabout your admission, please contact our Admissions Coordinator at 865-974-1096 or

We look forward to meeting you!


Net ID

All students, faculty, and staff at the University of Tennessee are provided with a NetID and password when they join the university. Your NetID permits secure access to a variety of applications and services, such as your UT email, MyUTK, Canvas, LiveOnline@UT (Collaborate), online pay statements, and other UT maintained web portals. Activate your NetID and change your password by following the instructions located online at:


UT Email

Your NetID plus the extension is your email address. For example, if your name is Jane Doe, the university might assign jdoe as your NetID. Your email account would be Once you know your NetID, and have changed your password, you are ready to log into your email account. Students may choose either Office 365 or Gmail for your UT-provided email service. Both of these services offer a web interface and can be configured on your mobile device.

All University communication will be conducted via your UT email address and you will be expected to respond and communicate through your UT email account. Please check your UT email frequently for important information and updates.



MyUTK is the UT portal to a variety of online services. Once you sign in you will have access to many UTK resources including registration, academic links, and your course schedule. To log in you will need your NetID and password.


Seating Fee

If you have not already done so, please confirm your offer of admission by paying a $200 seating fee. The seating fee is required to reserve your place in the program and will be credited towards your first semester account balance. Students who do not pay their seating fee by the deadline will have their admission rescinded.

How to pay your seating fee:

  • Log into MyUTK using your Net ID and password
  • Look under My Services
  • Click on the View/Pay Fees link
  • Select eDeposits from the top menu
  • Select Term (advanced standing students must select summer. Full time & extended study students must select fall)
  • Select Masters of Social Work Seat Deposit
  • Follow the prompts

Please notify us immediately if you would like to decline your offer of admission! We expect to have a waiting list for admission and in order to be fair to those individuals it is necessary to award vacancies as soon as possible. If you pay your seating fee and then decide not to attend your seating fee will only be refunded if you notify us by email at least 60 days before the first day of classes.


Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees for full-time and part-time students can be found online at One Stop. After you register for your classes you will be able to access your VolExpress statement on MyUTK. You must meet the minimum payment requirements by the due date to avoid schedule cancellation. Please be sure to check your student account invoice for amount due and payment deadlines and pay your fees before the scheduled deadline.


Financial Aid

You are encouraged to plan carefully for your financial needs. Graduate students should submit a FAFSA to be eligible for financial aid including student loans and grants. Please visit One Stop for details.

You should also view the funding information on the Graduate School website.

Advanced standing students begin the program summer semester and must submit a separate application for summer aid. Please visit the One Stop website for information on summer financial aid.

Check your financial aid status - If you have submitted a FAFSA, MyUTK is where you view your financial aid information, outstanding requirements, and messages about your financial aid status. FAFSA results are communicated directly to the school and you should be notified of award packages through your UTK email. You have the ability to accept all or part of the financial aid package. You will need to log into MyUTK, look under My Financials, and select see details next to Financial Aid Summary. If you have questions please contact One Stop.

Departmental Funding - Information about departmental scholarships and Graduate Assistantships has been emailed to all admitted full time and one-year advanced standing students who submitted their graduate admission application by the February 1st deadline. If you have not received the application please contact us immediately. Please note that part-time students are not eligible for CSW scholarships or Graduate School fellowships. All admitted students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA and search for external funding.


Direct Deposit

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers Direct Deposit for excess financial aid. All students receiving excess financial aid funds are required to sign up for direct deposit by creating a Refund Profile at the MyUTK Portal.


Academic Calendars

The academic calendars contain key dates important to all students. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with upcoming dates and deadlines.

Advanced standing students begin the program in the summer. Full time and extended study students begin in the fall.

Summer 2017
Full and 1st Session Classes Begin - June 1
Independence Day Holiday - July 4
1st Session Ends - July 6
2nd Session Begins - July 10
Full and 2nd Sessions End - August 11

Fall 2017
Classes Begin - August 23
Labor Day - September 4
Fall Break - October 5-6
Thanksgiving - November 23-24
Classes End - December 5
Study Day - December 6
Exams - December 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14


Programs of Study

Students are admitted to either the full-time, extended study, or advanced standing program. Please refer to your acceptance email from the College of Social Work to determine the program of study and location you have been admitted to. Students are not permitted to change programs of study, location, or concentration without approval. ?

Advanced Standing Program - The MSSW Advanced Standing Program can be completed on a full-time (twelve months) or part-time (eighteen to twenty-four months) basis for a total of thirty-seven semester hours. Advanced standing students will have one field placement (672 hours).

Full Time Program - MSSW Full-time students begin classes in the fall semester and complete the full-time program (60 semester hours) in two years, or four semesters, of full-time study. Students enrolled in the full-time program must complete 15 credit hours per semester. Students complete the generalist curriculum, which includes a field placement (352 hours) during the first year and the concentration curriculum, which also includes a field placement (672 hours) during the second year.?

Extended Study Program - The MSSW Extended Study Program is a part-time program in which students take six credit hours per semester and complete the MSSW degree requirements (60 credit hours) in three or four years. Extended Study students begin coursework in the fall term. Extended Study students complete two field placements. The generalist placement (352 hours) is during the second year of study and the concentration placement (672 hours) can either be in the third or fourth year, depending on course of study. All classes for extended study in Nashville and Knoxville are scheduled during regular day time hours. Online extended study classes meet in the evenings online.


Course Descriptions

MSSW course descriptions can be found online at:


Course Registration

Students register for classes via the web at MyUTK. If you are new to UT you can find information about registration on the One Stop website:

Please be sure to register for the correct CRN/section numbers of your courses! Be aware that MyUTK shows all the MSSW courses - Knoxville, Nashville and online - so please be sure to check the course schedules on the College of Social Work website before going to MyUTK to register. ?

Online classes require special registration permission? all online students will need to contact Ms. LaChetis Osborne-Brown for registration assistance ( Please keep an eye out for an email from Ms. Osborne-Brown about the registration process.

You do not need to meet with an advisor before you register.

Advanced Standing students must register for the following summer 2017 courses for a total of 7 credit hours:
SW 520 (1) - Evidence-Based Practice
SW 528 (1) - Seminar in Neuroscience
SW 537 (3) - Introduction to Psychopathology
SW 539 (2) - Leadership Skills and Knowledge for Advanced SW Practice

Fall 2017 registration for Advanced Standing students depends on your chosen concentration. Please view the appropriate Program of Study form for details.

Full Time students must register for the following fall 2017 courses for a total of 15 credit hours:
SW 512 (2) - Introduction to Macro Social Work Practice
SW 513 (4) - Lifespan and Neurophysiologic Development
SW 519 (3) - Social Work Research
SW 522 (4) - Introduction to Direct Social Work Practice
SW 542 (2) - Generalist Field Practice Full Time I/Extended II

Extended Study students must register for the following fall 2017 courses for a total of 6 credit hours:
SW 512 (2) - Introduction to Macro Social Work Practice
SW 513 (4) - Lifespan and Neurophysiologic Development

Please remember that all students must follow their program of study.


Final Transcripts

If you uploaded your transcripts when you submitted the online Graduate Admissions application, or if you recently completed your undergraduate degree from an institution other than UT Knoxville, you will need to request that your official transcripts be sent from your previous institution(s). Please have your transcripts sent directly from the institution to the Office of Graduate Admissions.


Field Practice and Planning

Students admitted to the Full Time and One Year Advanced Standing programs will receive information from their campus MSSW Field Coordinator describing the field placement planning process. Please be sure to submit any required forms as soon as possible. Detailed information about the field experience and contact information can be found on the CSW website and in the MSSW Field Manual.


Immunization Forms

Students attending classes on-campus in Knoxville must confirm that you have all required immunizations by completing and submitting the Immunization Requirement Form prior to the start of classes. Students admitted to the Nashville campus or the online MSSW program are exempt from the immunization requirement.


Proficiency Policy

Students may apply to waive certain MSSW courses on the basis of proficiency, allowing them to receive credit for knowledge acquired in previous courses. Requests to proficiency out of courses are optional and recommended only for students who have done exceptionally well in their previous coursework.

Applications to waive courses on the basis of proficiency must be submitted to the MSSW program director at each campus by May 1 for courses taught in the summer, August 1 for courses taught in the fall, and December 1 for courses taught in the spring.

Read the Proficiency Policy Information document for full description.

Do you have questions about the proficiency process: If so,

Knoxville students should contact Natalie Crippen ? 865-974-3353, ?
Nashville students should contact? Malissa Teal ? 615-256-1885,
Online students should contact LaChetis Osborne ? 615-256-1885,


Update Your Contact Information

If you have recently moved or relocated please be sure that we have your correct address and phone number on file. Update your personal information at MyUTK AND with the MSSW Admissions Office.


International Students

International Student and Scholar Services provides orientation and advising to international students after they have been admitted to the university. International students should visit their website for important information regarding pre-arrival, check-in and CIE orientation information.



Orientation is mandatory for all MSSW students.


Knoxville Campus Advanced Standing Students - Wednesday, May 31, in Henson Hall 220, 10:00 am ? 5:00 pm

Knoxville Campus Full-Time and Extended-Study Students ? Monday, Tuesday, August 21-22, in Henson Hall 220, from 9:00 am ? 5:00 pm

Location - Henson Hall, UT Knoxville Campus (1618 Cumberland Ave)

Interactive Campus Map:

Please remember that you cannot park on the Knoxville campus without a parking permit. If you do not have a permit yet you can purchase one online at


Nashville Campus Advanced Standing Students - Wednesday, May 17th from 9:00 am ? 5:00 pm (CT)

Nashville Campus Full-Time and Extended-Study Students - Tuesday, August 15th from 9:00 am ? 5:00 pm (CT)

Location - Nashville Campus, 193E Polk Ave, Nashville TN

Click here for a map to the campus courtesy of


Online students will complete an online orientation in lieu of going to the Nashville campus for the face-to-face orientation. The online orientation must be completed before the first day of classes. Information will be sent to you as soon as it is available.


Staff Contacts

Knoxville Students: Jen Scagnelli, 865-974-1096,
Nashville Students: Malissa Teal, 615-256-1885,
Online Students: LaChetis Osborne-Brown, 615-256-1885,

Please visit the College of Social Work online directory for the complete contact list of faculty and staff.


Additional Information and University Resources

One Stop Express Student Services

One Stop streamlines the most common enrollment, registration, financial aid, and payment services, providing students with one location to access the primary services of the registrar, financial aid, and bursar offices. One Stop is located on the ground floor of Hodges Library and online. You may have a few questions as you prepare for the start of the semester. Here are a list of frequently asked questions.



Your VolCard is your University ID card which is used for identification purposes and access to student facilities and services. You do not need to have a new card made if you are currently a student at UT Knoxville.

  • Knoxville students should visit the VolCard Office to have your card made before classes begin.
  • Nashville and DE students will have their ID cards made at orientation.


Student ID Number

Most of the business conducted with the university will require your student ID number. This number is the nine digit number beginning with 000 which you were assigned upon application, and it is noted in your admission letter from the Graduate School. Please locate this number and keep it in a secure place.



Textbooks can be purchased at the UT Bookstore in Knoxville, located in the Student Union, or online. Textbook requirements can be found on the UT Bookstore website as well as on each MSSW course syllabus. You will need to know the course number and section number for each of your classes in order to find the required textbooks.


Parking Permits

Students at the Knoxville campus are required to purchase a parking permit if you plan to park on campus. Please visit the UT Parking Services website for online purchase of parking permits and additional information.


Housing Options (Knoxville Campus)

Apartment-style campus housing is available for graduate students on the Knoxville campus. Please see the UT Housing website for more information:

You can also visit the Off-Campus and Commuter Services housing database, which includes properties for rent in the Knoxville area and a roommate search.


Major Professors

Students are assigned a major professor (advisor) upon entry into the program. Information about advising and the primary responsibilities of the major professor can be found in the MSSW Student Handbook. Please be aware that your major professor (advisor) is currently incorrect in MyUTK. We will let you know who your major professor is shortly before classes begin. You are not required to meet with your major professor before registering for classes.  


Residency Classification

Initial residency classification is determined by admissions staff from information submitted on your application for admission. Questions about your residency classification should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please refer to the Residency Classification Guide on their website for more information.


UT Libraries

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Library System provides a wide array of services for students. The Social Work Library, located in Nashville, serves MSSW students in the College of Social Work and those doing field service across the state. Please be sure to visit the Library Services for Graduate Students webpage to learn about library resources and services designed to support your research needs.


Disability Services

The staff of the Office of Disability Services are dedicated to opening doors of equal opportunity to individuals with disabilities at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. If you have a need related to a disability you must register with the Office of Disability Services to receive accommodations. The ODS assists students with documented disabilities by determining their eligibility for services and then working to determine reasonable accommodations and services which will, in turn, give the student equal access to the University.


Veteran Student Services

The Office of Veteran Student Services provides assistance and guidance to our active duty service members, veterans, reservists, guardsmen, and family members using their VA educational benefits.


Master's of Social Work Organization (MSWO)

The Master?s Social Work Organization (MSWO) is open to all enrolled master?s students at the UT College of Social Work. The purpose of MSWO is to provide student leadership, act as an advocate in student issues, foster group cohesiveness among students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and social work professionals in the University and in the local community, provide a social network, and enhance the positive experience of pursuing an MSSW.


Macro Social Work Student Network (MSWSN)

MSWSN?s mission is to develop a geographically diverse network of and for macro-practice social work undergraduate and graduate students in order to: Share and augment macro practice knowledge; maintain self-awareness of macro practice as an essential method in the social work field; and share our work with the rest of the social work field.


Phi Alpha Honor Society

The purpose of the Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.


Developmental Writing Course

As a graduate student of UTK College of Social you will be expected to write many papers at a graduate school level. Many students entering the program have been away from writing for quite some time and others may need a stronger foundation than what was provided at the undergraduate level. These writing skills will be critical for your success as a student within this program. The college recommends taking the following affordable course which provides writing assistance with a tutor to help improve these critical skills. This course will not count towards degree requirements for the MSSW program but will undoubtedly help with your success while in the program.



Each year the University of Tennessee, Knoxville produces the Hilltopics Student Handbook. In this handbook students will find general campus policies and procedures, standards of conduct, academic policies and procedures, and information about student support, services, and organizations.


Understanding Your Rights and Obligations

The Graduate School and UT have developed a set of policies that are designed for administration and to protect the rights of students and staff. Be sure to understand and abide by these policies.




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