Bachelor of Social Work

Prepare to meet the challenges of social work with strength and compassion

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through 2027, the B.S.W. degree from VCU prepares students for beginning-level generalist social work practice. That practice requires a broad base of knowledge and field experience concerning how individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations function, as well as an appreciation of cultural diversity.


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61% of students enter our B.S.W. Program as transfers *


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18:1 faculty-to-student ratio


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40+ full-time faculty, 15+ adjunct B.S.W. faculty

What we offer

Our small class sizes afford students the room and time to connect with their teachers and each other, to fully contemplate where their true passions lie and to reflect on their shared experiences. And through it all, whether in our on-campus or online courses, they’re given the tools and encouragement to embrace their own unique insights and fashion themselves into the practitioner they most want to be.

Students are exposed to a variety of skills and interventions — in the classroom and through field education — to use in social work settings. When students enter the field as professionals, they do so equipped with a nuanced understanding of the day-to-day demands of the job.

Graduate with honors

B.S.W. students are offered the opportunity to graduate with honors following the completion of an independent senior research project successfully defended in front of a committee of three faculty members. Students interested in earning honors in social work are encouraged speak with their student success advisor. Students interested in additional university honors opportunities are encouraged to apply to the VCU Honors College.

Earn your M.S.W.

B.S.W. degree-holders who have graduated from an accredited program in the past five years have the unique opportunity to apply to the advanced standing track of the M.S.W. Program. The advanced standing option allows these students interested in pursuing graduate study the opportunity to earn an M.S.W. in only 42 credit hours. If accepted into the advanced standing M.S.W. track, students complete their graduate degree over the course of three continuous semesters. Students may also apply to the regular standing M.S.W. Program. For more information, please reach out to the admissions team.

Ready to learn more?

I credit the School of Social Work for providing me with guidance in the planning of my future. I often refer back to the social work core values taught to me at VCU. I try to apply those core values in every significant decision I make in my life.”

Marc Cheatham (he/him), B.S.W. graduate; director of casework and constituent services, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine; founder, the Cheats Movement
Marc Cheatham


VCU’s B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education – the accrediting body for all schools of social work at both the baccalaureate and master’s levels.

Financial aid

Current B.S.W. students can apply for support such as scholarships and the Child Welfare Stipend Program through the school  in addition to aid available through VCU's Office of Financial Aid.

Have questions?

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the School of Social Work's Office of Student Success at