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College of Social Work
1618 Cumberland Ave.
College of Social Work Henson Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996
Online Master of Science in Social Work
The online Master of Science in Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of the nation's top accredited online programs when it comes to value and affordability, according to newly released rankings from the GetEducated consumer organization.
The Online MSSW program is taught by the same professors who teach our face-to-face MSSW courses and is held to the same high standards as the traditional on-campus program.
The College's Online MSSW Program was recently awarded the "Innovative Credit Programming Award" by the Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education (TACHE).
Three Courses of Study
Online MSSW students choose from three different courses of study:
Online Advanced Standing Program.
The MSSW Online 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-six semester hours. Applicants to this program must have a BSW or BSSW degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 to be considered. Advanced Standing students begin classes in the summer term. Students will have one field placement (672 hours)
Online Full Time Program.
Online 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 complete the foundation 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. Applicants must have a 2.7 GPA or higher to be considered for this program.
Online Extended Study Program.
The Online 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 foundation 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. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 or higher to be considered for this program.
Online classes utilize both asynchronistic (complete work online on your own) and synchronistic (meet for “live” interaction via computer) approaches. Student internships are arranged within a reasonable driving distance from the communities they reside.
The Online MSSW program is held to the same standards as the traditional on-campus MSSW degree.
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Midsize City
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