Master of Social Work

The Mid-Tennessee Collaborative Master of Social Work (MTC-MSW) Program

Note on Fall 2015 Admissions Process: We will have final tallies of all document received confirmed by April 1, 2015. Stay tuned to the Graduate School website (your login) for the latest on document processing. Please be patient understanding that posting to the site is not automatic upon receipt of the document in the mail.  The admissions committee will request additional applicants or documents from the Graduate School by April 1, 2015 if needed. Notifications for acceptance or denial of acceptance should be posted in the mail to applicants by April 21, 2015.



The Mid-Tennessee Collaborative Master of Social Work (MTC-MSW) Program is dedicated to the enhancement of human well-being, diversity, and social justice through developing and improving systems of public social services, especially for children and families, by offering graduate training in Social Work with a hybrid model of delivery.  

As the first of it's kind in the country, this unique collaboration brings together three higher education systems in Tennessee to offer the MSW degree part-time or full time. A student may apply to one of the following institutions as his/her "home" institution:

  • Austin Peay State University,
  • Middle Tennessee State University, and
  • Tennessee State University. 


The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national accrediting body for professional social work programs in higher education. CSWE granted the MTC MSW Program Initial Accreditation June 2013. It is important that your degree be accredited by the CSWE, as this accreditation of your degree is one requirement for licensure as a future social worker.


The purposes of social work education are

  • to prepare competent and effective professionals,
  • to develop knowledge, values, skills and
  • to provide leadership in the development of service delivery systems.

Through the foundation curriculum level (30 credit hours) and/or the concentration curriculum (30 credit hours) of the MTC-MSW Program, the student is prepared for Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice. 

The concentration curriculum:

  • requires greater theoretical and methodological sophistication,
  • enhances the student's skill to address issues of economic and social justice with oppressed populations
  • advances the integration of research into advanced practice,
  • applies greater depth in the provision of direct or indirect service
  • supports interdisciplinary collaboration as well as public-private partnerships, and
  • provides the skills to function as administrators, supervisors, policy analysts, and social planners. 

Competent advanced generalist practice entails a dual responsibility: serving clients directly while building system capacities to improve programs and services.



Delores Butler, LAPSW, MSW, Interim Director of Social Work
Assistant Professor, Field Education Coordinator, MTC-MSW Program
615.963.7666, Main Campus-Women's Building/Elliott Hall Room 310G
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Jay Hedgpath, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Advisor, MTC-MSW Program
615.963.7668, Main Campus-Women's Building/Elliott Hall Room 302
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If you have questions relating to this program, please contact us.




This is one program that has three locations.

The program is designed for the working professional with on-campus courses offered in the evening and the remaining classes offered online.

Individuals who have a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 are eligible for Advanced Standing.

Application 2015 (Microsoft)
eadline for Fall 2015 Admission was March 2, 2015.

* All application materials should be submitted directly to the School of Graduate Studies and Research





MTC MSW Student Handbook 2013/2014 (PDF)


Sequenced Curriculum

Program of Study and Advancement to Candidacy (PDF)

MTC-MSW Course Checklist (PDF)

Field Education Manual (PDF)

Field Placement Directory  (2013)

MSW Foundation Contract

MSW Concentration Contract


2009 Intersections Article (PDF)

August 2010 (PDF)

Fall 2011 Newsletter


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