Master of Social Work
Through specialized coursework, research and field experience, our M.S.W. students find their focus as advanced practitioners and position themselves to make immediate impacts in the lives and communities they touch.
86% licensure pass rate *
18:1 faculty-to-student ratio
Learn from 40+ full-time and 70+ adjunct M.S.W. faculty
Choose your path
- Opt for regular or advanced standing
- Enroll as a full-time or part-time student
- Choose from two specializations
Compare M.S.W. Program options
Not sure which M.S.W. option is right for you? Check out our program options overview, which covers the regular standing, advanced standing, full-time and part-time tracks. You can also review each option in depth with our detailed comparison table. Please note: The online M.S.W. track includes required synchronous class days.
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Complete a certificate, certification or dual degree
Our students can combine their M.S.W. studies with other programs to earn special certificates in Aging Studies, Gender Violence Intervention or Nonprofit Management. Clinical M.S.W. students can earn the School Social Work Certification, offered through the Virginia Department of Education. Students also can do dual-degree study to combine their M.S.W. with law, divinity or public health degrees. Find out more about our certificate, dual-degree and certification options.
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.