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University of Tennessee College of Social Work

About Us

Change Happens Here

We are dedicated to shaping versatile and impactful social workers through our comprehensive CSWE accredited programs offered both in-person at our Knoxville and Nashville campuses, as well as online. From our BSSW, MSSW, DSW, and PhD programs, to our certificate offerings and continuing education events to earn CEU’s, we help cultivate passionate social workers. Going beyond the classroom, we actively engage in groundbreaking research, tackling critical social issues helping to empower individuals and transform communities. Our esteemed faculty bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the classroom and prepare you to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Join us, and together, let’s create a world where change happens here.

Want to be part of the change?

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What Is

Social Work?

Social workers are catalysts for change, tackling societal issues such as poverty, inequality, and discrimination. They provide support, advocacy, and resources to individuals and families facing challenges, while also addressing systemic barriers that perpetuate social problems. Social work encompasses a wide range of settings, from schools and hospitals to corporate HR, advocacy, and even professional sports teams.

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Certificates and Licenses

The College of Social Work offers multiple specialized certificate programs to MSSW students and Post-Graduate professionals

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Featured Events

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Nashville Campus Alumni Tailgate

October 21 | One Hour Before Kickoff

Join UT College of Social Work alumni, faculty/staff, students, and community partners for a tailgate / watch party in the Nashville area. We will meet at the Social Work campus one hour before kick-off of the UT vs Alabama game for food, beverages, fellowship, swag, games and to watch the game the VOLS beat Bama together on provided TV screens.

CEP Webinar Alison Peak

Continuing Education: Reflective Supervision: Relationships for Social Work
with Alison Peak

October 27 | 9:30am-12:30pm ET

Cost: $45
CEUs: Participants are eligible to earn 3 continuing education units in ethics.

Latest News From The College

  • Continuing Education Webinar: What’s Financial Social Work All About? – November 10
    This workshop will provide information and clarity regarding the path for advanced licensure in the state of Tennessee.  A thorough review of the current rules will help participants understand the requirements and the eligibility for advanced licensure as a clinical or advanced generalist social worker. Case scenarios will help participants understand how to conceptualize and document accurately the social work experience.  Clarification will also be given regarding the role of the supervisor and how to accurately accumulate supervision hours and contact hours.
  • Humble Beginnings Lead to Fifteen Years of Excellence
    By Dr. Kate Chaffin, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Practice In June 2008, the College of Social Work launched one of the first online MSSW programs in the country. With very humble […]
over 100 DSW graduates since program inception
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