Online MSW Programs in Tennessee (TN)

Prospective MSW students residing in Tennessee who wish to earn their degree online have several options they may wish to consider. There is currently one Tennessee-based university and several out-of-state schools that offer CSWE-accredited online MSW programs that accept students from Tennessee. At present, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is the only university in Tennessee that offers an entirely online MSW program.

UTK offers an online Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) program with both traditional and advanced standing tracks. (An MSSW program is equivalent to an MSW program in terms of general course content and field education requirements, and is recognized by the CSWE as a Master of Social Work program). The online MSSW program also gives students two concentration options: a clinical social work program in Evidence Based Interpersonal Practice, and a macro social work program in Organizational Leadership. UTK’s traditional standing MSSW program consists of 60 course credits that students complete over two years of full-time study or three to four years of part-time study. The advanced standing track for this program requires students to complete 36 credits over the course of 12 months of full-time study or 18 to 24 months of part-time study.

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UTK's program utilizes both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Students are not required to visit the campus at any point during the program. However as with all MSW programs, students are still required to travel to assigned field agencies to complete their field practicums. Traditional standing students complete 1,024 hours of field education, which is divided into one 352-hour foundation-level field practicum and one 672-hour advanced-level field practicum. Advanced standing students complete one advanced-level 672-hour field practicum.

Please note: All online MSW and MSSW programs require students to complete field practicums at an approved agency in their region.

In addition to UTK’s online MSSW program, dozens of out-of-state universities offer online MSW programs that accept students from Tennessee. Of these programs, most are fully online and require no campus visits. Some do require students to attend a certain number of on-campus intensives. These intensives generally allow students to meet with course faculty and fellow students, and thus may be a good option for students who wish to interact with program participants in person as well. (Note: OnlineMSWPrograms.com defines an online program as any program that requires two or fewer visits to campus annually.)

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Tennessee

All online MSW programs require field education at a local health services agency. Programs that are 100% online do not require students to visit the campus during the program.How to Become a Social Worker in TennesseeThe Tennessee Board of Social Workers issues four types of social work license: Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker (LAPSW), Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Below are some common steps to become a social worker in Tennessee, which you should confirm with Tennessee’s board of social workers. Information regarding licensure in Tennessee was last retrieved in August 2020.Pathway to Become an LAPSW in Tennessee

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Following graduation, complete no less than two years of practice with 3,000 hours of experience in a non clinical setting, 100 hours of supervision and 60 hours of one-on-one supervision.
  • Pass the Advanced Generalist Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Tennessee Board of Social Workers.

Pathway to Become an LBSW in Tennessee

  • Complete a Bachelor of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pass the Bachelors Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Tennessee Board of Social Workers.

Pathway to Become an LCSW in Tennessee

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Following graduation, complete no less than two years of practice with 3,000 hours of experience in a clinical setting, 100 hours of supervision and 60 hours of one-on-one supervision.
  • Pass the Clinical Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Tennessee Board of Social Workers.

Pathway to Become an LMSW in Tennessee

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pass the Masters Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Tennessee Board of Social Workers.

For more detailed information on becoming a social worker in Tennessee, visit the Tennessee Board of Social Workers. You can also refer to our guides on general requirements for becoming a social worker and becoming an LCSW.Last updated: September 2020

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from TennesseeOnline MSW Programs that Accept Students from California
University Name Program Structure Program Options
Adelphi University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
Arizona State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Baylor University
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Boise State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Boston University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
California State University, Northridge 100% Online Traditional FT
California State University, San Bernardino Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT
Campbellsville University 100% Online Traditional FT, Advanced FT & PT
Capella University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Case Western Reserve University
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Columbia University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced PT
Delaware State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Edinboro University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Florida State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Fordham University
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George Mason University 100% Online Traditional PT
Humboldt State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
Indiana University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Louisiana State University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced FT
Loyola University Chicago 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Metropolitan State University of Denver 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
New Mexico State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Ohio State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Ohio University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Our Lady of the Lake University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Portland State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT, Advanced FT
Rutgers University 100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced FT
Samford University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
San Jose State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT
Simmons University
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Syracuse University
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Temple University 100% Online Traditional PT
Texas State University - San Marcos 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
The Catholic University of America 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Tulane University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced FT
University at Buffalo (SUNY) 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Arkansas 100% Online Advanced FT
University of Central Florida 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Denver
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University of Georgia 100% Online Traditional PT
University of Houston 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Kentucky 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
University of Louisville 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Nevada, Reno 100% Online Traditional 8 Semesters, Advanced 4 Semesters
University of New England (UNE) 100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced Accelerated & PT
University of New Hampshire 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
University of North Dakota Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
University of South Florida 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Tennessee at Knoxville 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley 100% Online Advanced FT
West Virginia University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Western New Mexico University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Winthrop University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Yeshiva University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT

How to Become a Social Worker in Tennessee

The Tennessee Board of Social Workers issues four types of social work license: Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker (LAPSW), Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Below are some common steps to become a social worker in Tennessee, which you should confirm with Tennessee’s board of social workers. Information regarding licensure in Tennessee was last retrieved in August 2020.

Pathway to Become an LAPSW in Tennessee

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Following graduation, complete no less than two years of practice with 3,000 hours of experience in a non clinical setting, 100 hours of supervision and 60 hours of one-on-one supervision.
  • Pass the Advanced Generalist Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Tennessee Board of Social Workers.

Pathway to Become an LBSW in Tennessee

  • Complete a Bachelor of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pass the Bachelors Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Tennessee Board of Social Workers.

Pathway to Become an LCSW in Tennessee

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Following graduation, complete no less than two years of practice with 3,000 hours of experience in a clinical setting, 100 hours of supervision and 60 hours of one-on-one supervision.
  • Pass the Clinical Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Tennessee Board of Social Workers.

Pathway to Become an LMSW in Tennessee

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pass the Masters Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Tennessee Board of Social Workers.

For more detailed information on becoming a social worker in Tennessee, visit the Tennessee Board of Social Workers. You can also refer to our guides on general requirements for becoming a social worker and becoming an LCSW.

Last updated: September 2020