Apply to the M.S.W. Program

Ready to find your focus as an advanced practitioner? Review the resources below to find application guidelines, tuition and fees, financial aid opportunities, upcoming deadlines and how to get in touch with us.

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Ranked No. 25 in Best Graduate Schools for Social Work by U.S. News & World Report

$18,000+

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$18,145 is the average financial aid award for social work students seeking assistance (2019-20)

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86% licensure pass rate *

M.S.W. application deadlines

  • Regular standing on campus (Fall 2022): Jan. 26
  • Advanced standing on campus and online (Summer, Fall 2022): Feb. 9
  • Next online regular standing application: March 9 (Summer 2022, part time)

For a full list of dates and deadlines, please see the link below.

About the M.S.W. Program

Available online or on campus, full time or part time, and with options for advanced standing and dual degrees or certifications, the M.S.W. Program provides intensive, specialized coursework, research and field experience so our students can position themselves to make immediate impacts in the lives and communities they touch.

Financial aid opportunities

  • Prospective M.S.W. students may be considered for the Ruth Thalhimer Stern Scholarship when they apply for admission.
  • Around two dozen scholarships are available for current M.S.W. students through a competitive application process.
  • Yearlong research assistantship positions provide stipend and tuition assistance to incoming full-time M.S.W. students. These highly competitive positions include a rewarding and educational service component. Previous assistantships have provided students the opportunity to engage in faculty-led research and develop faculty mentoring relationships.

I chose the School of Social Work because of its history as an exemplary program, and I think I even cried when I got my acceptance letter because I was so overjoyed. My advisor, course instructors, field instructor and field liaison were exceptionally supportive and critically instrumental in my development during my generalist year.” 

Jennifer Leftwich (she/her), M.S.W. graduate and scholarship recipient

Jennie Leftwich

Upcoming M.S.W. events

If there are no admissions events scheduled, please check out our complete public calendar or our current student calendar.  

Graduate Studies Open House (M.S.W. & Ph.D.)

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022
Time: 5:30-7 p.m. ET
Location: TBD

Learn more and register

M.S.W. Discovery Day: On-campus Track

Date: Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022
Time: 4-5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom

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M.S.W. Discovery Day: On-campus Track

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Time: 5-6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom

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M.S.W. Discovery Day: On-campus Track

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Time: 4-5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom

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Have questions?

Prospective students interested in an online M.S.W. option can contact onlinemsw@vcu.edu. For on-campus M.S.W. questions, please reach out to sswinfo@vcu.edu.