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Graduate Degree Programs

In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree, the College of Social Work offers three graduate degree programs for advanced education in the field of social work.

The Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) Program

The MSSW program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the oldest MSSW program in the state of Tennessee, having been continuously accedited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1945. 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.

MSSW students may choose to take classes in a tradition classroom environment or online. The College offers the MSSW program through “face to face” classes on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus as well as at the College’s Nashville campus. The Online MSSW was created to allow students to pursue a MSSW degree regardless of their physical proximity to one of the two campuses. Students may choose to attend full time or part time and if they hold a BSSW degree from an accredited college or university, they may be eligible to complete their degree in as little as one year.

Please click here for more detailed information on the MSSW program.

Doctor of Social Work (DSW) in Clinical Practice and Leadership

Geared toward working professionals, the DSW is an intensive accelerated program that enables students to satisfy all degree requirements in three years, without career disruption. The DSW program is a professional practice degree – designed to prepare students for advanced clinical practice and advanced practice leadership – and is offered in an online format where students who are full-time working clinical social workers can continue in their on-going clinical practice while studying to earn their doctorate degree.

While in the program, students complete two classes per semester across eight continuous semesters. All DSW students come to campus for one week each summer for a period of on-campus focused study.

Please click here for more detailed information on the DSW program.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Work

The College of Social Work offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree with a major in social work. The goal of the PhD program is to train researchers and teachers who can work in a variety of settings to develop and disseminate knowledge about interventions, programs, and policies that will be used by professional social workers.

Students who go through the PhD program will receive extensive training in research methods and statistics and will critically examine issues relevant to social work practice at both the micro and macro levels. PhD students take classes on campus in Knoxville for two years and then work on their dissertation.

Please click here for more detailed information on the PhD program.