On-campus M.S.W.

As social workers, we so often concern ourselves with the “next step” — for our clients, for our organizations, for our communities.

But what about for ourselves? How can we continue to meet our calling in the face of new challenges? How can we continue to develop our voices as social workers?

In our Master of Social Work Program, students seek to answer these very questions. Through intensive, specialized coursework, research and field experience, our students can truly find their focus as advanced practitioners and policy leaders, and position themselves to make immediate impacts in the lives and communities they touch.

What we offer

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

Our home in VCU’s Academic Learning Commons provides our on-campus students with a centrally located hub that allows us to deliver our educational mission through state-of-the-art technology and flexible learning spaces. Also, with new graduate research space, students have access to the materials, supports and technology they need to further their own independent, community-engaged research goals.

Program details

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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.

I chose VCU after a thorough search and comparison of other social work programs. VCU’s social work program is nationally ranked, and upon visiting for an informational session, I felt the support tremendously.”

Koren Satchell (she/her), M.S.W. graduate and scholarship recipient

Koren Satchell


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.

Assessment data

All programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education measure and report student learning outcomes. View our most current results for M.S.W. student learning outcomes.

Have questions?

Prospective students interested in the on-campus M.S.W. option are encouraged to reach out to sswinfo@vcu.edu with questions. Looking for more information about online options? Visit our online M.S.W. site.