Why the Online M.S.W.?
Earn your VCU M.S.W. from anywhere in the country.
Our online program brings the classroom to you. Study from home and apply your knowledge in your community through field placements.
Complete your degree at your speed.
Choose our full-time program, on a 16-month or two-year track, study part time to earn your M.S.W. over a three- or four-year period, or pursue an accelerated degree with our one-year advanced standing program.
Coursework rooted in cultural competence.
Coursework is designed to provide students with a diversity of direct learning experiences to understand how to improve the lives of all individuals and families.
Choose the program pace that works for you.
Our part-time and full-time online options, with three intakes throughout the year, let you learn from anywhere in the country, and make an immediate impact on your local community.
Field placement opportunities close to home.
VCU places online learners in field experiences — real-world learning during business hours — to complement their online coursework.
Online learning informed by Richmond and close proximity to D.C.
Expert faculty members bring real-world experience inspired by living in Richmond, VA, and the close proximity to our nation’s capital.
The Virginia Commonwealth University Online M.S.W. is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. Founded in 1917, the School of Social Work stands as the first school of its kind in the South, as well as one of two programs in Virginia (and only 39 nationwide) to offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the discipline. Ours is one of the largest accredited, comprehensive social work programs in the U.S.
Renowned for a Reason
Best Schools for Social Work Nationally*
Highest Ranked School of Social Work in Virginia
Best Public Schools for Social Work Nationally
*2019 U.S. News & World Report
Is This Program Right for You?
The Online M.S.W. is ideal for returning students who need the geographic flexibility of an online program, allowing them to complete their coursework from home.
Engage diversity and difference in practice.
Learn clinical skills guided by the principles of promoting social justice, human rights, diversity, cultural competence and ethical practice.
Make demonstrable changes within individuals and families.
Understand how problems such as substance abuse, child maltreatment and mental health disorders have roots in traumatic experiences.
Advance your career and the field of social work.
Unlock clinical and leadership opportunities, and innovate to improve access and effectiveness in your field.
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What You Will Learn
Inclusivity and cultural competence.
Create opportunities that challenge the status quo and break through systemic inequity.
Action and efficacy.
Evaluate and implement programs and policies for measurable results in the communities you serve.
Influence and leadership.
Refine your professional skills to guide decision-making that improves lives through practice-informed research.
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