M.S.W. tuition and fees

The tuition rates for master’s, doctoral and first-professional programs at VCU are outlined in the 2023-24 tuition and fees document:

  • Pages 6-7 for on-campus rates for full- and part-time students.
  • Pages 55-56 for online rates for full- and part-time students.

The post-undergraduate tuition calculator is also available to estimate costs.

Part-time enrollment

For most graduate and professional studies programs, students enrolled in 8 credits or less are charged tuition and fees at the per-credit-hour rate. If you are planning to enroll on a part-time basis, multiply the per-credit-hour rate by the anticipated hours of enrollment.

Full-time enrollment

Post-undergraduate programs are considered full-time at 9 credits. Most programs are assessed a flat tuition rate for enrollment in 9 to 15 credits. A graduate student enrolled in more than 15 credits during any semester will be charged an overload tuition fee.

Graduate funding opportunities

There are many options for reducing your financial responsibility for graduate school at VCU. To learn more, check out the university's graduate funding opportunities. The School of Social Work also has M.S.W.-specific scholarships available for current students, and the Child Welfare Stipend Program offers funding for students who apply and are accepted, with a post-graduation work requirement. 


VCU reserves the right to adjust tuition costs as necessary. The university reserves the right to revise or alter all fees, regulations pertaining to student fees and fee collection procedures at any time. The VCU Board of Trustees sets official fees in June/July of each year. Students may be responsible for purchasing books and other materials for various courses throughout the program.

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.