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M.S.W. Program options

The M.S.W. Program at VCU's School of Social Work is available in several formats so you can choose the best option for you.

Check out our explanations below to learn the differences between the online and on-campus, regular and advanced standing, and part-time and full-time options.

M.S.W. Program options comparison chart

 On campus, advanced standing, full timeOn campus, full timeOn campus, part timeOnline, advanced standingOnline, full timeOnline, part time
Program length1 year2 years3-4 years1 year16-24 months3-4 years
Credits per semester12-15156-912-15156-9
Class typeIn personIn personIn personAsynchronous*Asynchronous*Asynchronous*
Start termSummerFallFallFallFall, Spring**Fall, Spring, Summer
Number of field placements122122
Field hours per week14-2114-2114-2114-2214-2214-22
Clinical or SWAPPP*** concentrationBothBothBothClinicalClinicalClinical

*Asynchronous classes are all online and completed on your own time. Each course has three live synchronous classes per course a semester.
**24-month option only available for Fall program starts
***Social Work Administration, Planning and Policy Practice

On-campus options

Online options


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.

Financial aid

M.S.W. students can apply for support such as scholarships, assistantships and the Child Welfare Stipend Program through the school — in addition to aid accessible through VCU's Office of Financial Aid.

Have questions?

Prospective students interested in an online M.S.W. program option can contact For on-campus M.S.W. questions, please reach out to

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