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Masters Of Science in Social Work Program (MSSW Program)

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) program benefits the residents of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. The MSSW program is offered at the Knoxville and Nashville campuses, as well as Online. 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.


Are you looking for a flexible Master’s program that allows students to choose a program of study that best fits with the reality of your busy life? The College of Social Work MSSW Program is for you!
The MSSW program offers a comprehensive and vigorous curriculum that prepares students to address pressing individual, family, community, and societal needs through use of cutting-edge knowledge and skills. The program combines state-of the art coursework with in-depth internship experiences. It’s important to note that whether you take classes on campus or online, the MSSW program is taught by the same professors, is held to the same high standards, and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Student Testimonial

“I absolutely love UT College of Social Work. They have really opened my eyes to other possibilities that I didn’t know that I had and they really pushed me to chase my dreams, chase my new interests, get out there and try something new. And I really love that about UT College of Social Work. I absolutely couldn’t think of a better place to be.

Krista Johnston ‘21

Choose Your Path

MSSW students may choose to take classes in a traditional classroom environment or online. Regardless of how you attend classes, you may choose from three programs of study:

  • The Full-Time Program enables students to complete their studies in two years.
  • The Part-Time Extended Study Program allows students to complete the MSSW degree in three or four years. Please note that extended study classes are taught during the day as well as online.
  • The Advanced Standing Program is designed for students who have a BSW or BSSW degree from a school of social work accredited by the CSWE, and can be completed in one year as a full time student or two years as a part-time student.

At the time of their application, MSSW students choose to complete either a clinical concentration or a macro
concentration in order to focus their education to meet their professional goals. While there are some required courses that all MSSW students must take, the chosen concentration determines other courses a student will take while in the program. MSSW students can choose between an Evidenced-Based Interpersonal Practice (EBIP) clinical concentration or an Organizational Leadership (OL) macro concentration.

Contact the
MSSW Program

For more information, or if you have questions that aren’t answered here on the website, feel free to contact us.

Knoxville Contacts

Nashville Contacts

Online Contacts

Learn more about the MSSW Program

If you are seeking a flexible MSSW program, we encourage you to investigate the College of Social Work further.