UT Knoxville plans to offer a new Doctor of Social Work degree program, beginning January 2012. The new degree program was approved by the UT Board of Trustees last week. Approval is pending with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The part-time program will be offered primarily online and is aimed at working professionals. UT Knoxville would be the first PhD-granting university in the southeast to offer a DSW degree, according to the proposal.