Distance education

Master of Social Work

Paula Crooks

Pursuing the possibilities.

When I discovered VCU’s Distance Education M.S.W. program, I was so excited to be able to attend a top-ranked School of Social Work, even though I live two hours away. I love that the program builds curriculum creatively, taking advantage of an electronic universe of resources that an on-campus program might not. For instance, in lieu of lectures, professors directed us to podcasts, videos of both theory and therapy sessions, and websites with the latest research and developments in a number of topics. As a result, I feel fully engaged in the real world of social work, rather than mired in academia. When I started, I still had three children at home. The online format allowed me to be present for my family and my job while pursuing my own goals.

You’ve got a busy life — full-time career and family obligations. Even with all that, you can still earn your Master of Social Work full time in two years or part time in just four years through the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work Distance Education M.S.W. program.

The application deadline for the full-time and part-time M.S.W. Program distance education formats is Jan. 25, 2017.


The VCU School of Social Work provides students with the same dynamic and rigorous education whether you’re here on campus or studying from hundreds of miles away. The unique blend of online and in-person experiences provides distance education students the opportunity to complete the bulk of their course work online with only two mandatory on-campus meetings each semester.

All distance education students complete internships on site at field agencies throughout Virginia or the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The internship opportunity provides students hands-on learning and networking necessary to open doors for future employment.

Why distance education

Distance education enables students to earn a degree from a top-ranked school of social work with the flexibility they need to succeed both in and outside of the classroom. The hybrid format of the program allow students the ability to choose when and where they complete classwork.

As a distance education student, the commute isn’t further than your computer and your classroom is wherever you are.

We are here to help

The VCU School of Social Work Office of Student Success understands that the transition into graduate education can be challenging. For this reason, we focus on prospective students going through the application process as well as those currently enrolled. We’re here to guide you through your VCU experience to ensure that you are aware of all that VCU has to offer. We are here to help you succeed.

Connect with us

Learn firsthand what our program has to offer by meeting with a student success adviser either in person or online.

For an inside perspective, chat with a current student by getting in touch with a peer mentor.

Advance your career to the next level, with a Master of Social Work through the distance education at VCU School of Social Work.

Contact us

Kim Flournoy DiJoseph
Director of student success
Email: sswinfo@vcu.edu