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Master of Social Work

Department of Social Work

Application deadline for Kingsport cohort is March 1st, 2018. Apply Now!


In an effort to make our programming more accessible to the people of the region we share, the Department of Social Work has for the past several years offeredBSW and MSW courses at off-site locations. Following the initial effort in Bristol, TN (with students graduating there in 2014), these off-site locations currently includeBSW programming in Kingsport and Sevierville, TN, and Abingdon, VA,  along with Advanced Standing MSW programming at Kingsport, TN, and Asheville, NC. More sites have already been selected forBSW and MSW programming, these to include the full or "Traditional" MSW option for students lacking theBSW degree. Announcements will be made locally with the initiation of programming in all sites and, of course, on the appropriate departmental webpages.

This effort to provide easily accessible classroom instruction is combined with a select menu of online courses and every effort to provide field education (internship) opportunities in the immediate locales where students live or work. It is an expression of the commitment of the Department of Social Work at East Tennessee State University to maintain quality through face-to-face interaction with all students, while also recognizing that some curricular content lends itself quite appropriately to electronic media and the conveniences offered to students through asynchronous learning environments.

Off-site classes are typically taught by the same full- and part-time faculty who teach courses on the main ETSU campus in Johnson City, TN, with pedagogies and intended learning outcomes identical to program counterparts there. If you're committed to a career as a professional social worker and the education/training that this requires, I urge you to consider the convenience and quality of near-by off-campus academic programming as provided through our BSW and MSW "cohorts". For more information, regularly visit our departmental website or contact the director of the BSW or MSW program at ETSU.

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Dr. Mary Mullins
ETSU MSW Program Director

Recruiting dates for new Kingsport Cohorts can be located here, and through the Important Dates link on the MSW homepage.


Other special dates of interest for all MSW students can be located here.

ETSU Downtown Kingsport
Plan of Study
(37 credit hours)

Summer 2017

SOWK 5208 - Advanced Standing Bridge Course (3 credits)
SOWK 5430 - Psychopathology in Social Work Practice (online, 3 credits)
Total credit hours: 6

Fall 2017

SOWK 5303 - Advanced Practice with Individuals (3 credits)
SOWK 5403 - Admin Practices in Human Serv Org (online, 3 credits)
Total credit hours: 6

Spring 2018

SOWK 5323 - Advanced Practice with Groups (3 credits)
SOWK 5305 - Social Work Personal Practice Evaluation (online, 3 credits)
Total credit hours: 6


Summer 2018

SOWK 5313 - Advanced Practice with Families (3 credits)
SOWK 5306 - Advanced Field Practicum I (Seminar, 3 credits)
Total credit hours: 6

Fall 2018

SOWK 5367 - Advanced Practice Elective (3 credits)
Motivational Interviewing
SOWK 5406 – Advanced Field Practicum II (Seminar, 3 credits)
Total credit hours: 6

Spring 2019

SOWK 5xxx – Advanced Practice Elective (3 credits)
Brief Treatment
SOWK 5957 – Advanced Field Practicum III (Seminar, 4 credits)
Total credit hours: 7


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