The University of Tennessee College of Social Work provides an MSSW education program that benefits the residents of the entire state, nation, and world. The program's mission is to educate students for culturally relevant and ethically sound social work practice within a changing global context affecting social work practice. Sensitivity to the personal, social, economic and political needs of vulnerable, high-risk populations is emphasized within a person and environment context.
In accordance with professional social work's ethical code and values, importance is placed on client empowerment, individual and political advocacy for greater social and economic justice, and challenging the oppression of diverse and vulnerable populations. Both the creation and dissemination of evidenced based knowledge are held to be essential. Critical thinking skills and the ability to evaluate social work knowledge to guide practice as well as the ability to evaluate one's own social work practice are emphasized. Student development of a positive professional identification and appreciation of the professional role is fostered to effectively engage, assess and intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
Accredited continuously by the Council on Social Work Education since 1945.
The following goals are those that we hope our students will achieve in the course of their study here at the UT College of Social Work.
Ragan Schriver, Director, Knoxville MSSW Program
Kate McClernon Chaffin, Director, Nashville MSSW Program and MSSW Online Program
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000
The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System