Virginia Commonwealth University

M.S.W. Programs

Northern Virginia M.S.W. Program

Advanced standing program in Northern Virginia

For Fall 2010, we admitted the final cohort to the full-time 60-credit hour M.S.W. program in Northern Virginia. Applicants interested in part-time study can apply only to the Richmond program. For applicants to the Advanced Standing program who plan to complete the concentration year in NoVA, we will admit only for Summer 2011. All students in the Northern Virginia M.S.W. program must complete degree requirements by the year 2012.

The Northern Virginia M.S.W. program offers the same 60-credit hour curriculum as the Richmond campus through a full-time program with an opportunity for the 39-credit advanced standing program. Review the official curriculum.

The three-semester advanced standing program requires students to pursue the M.S.W. degree on a full-time basis. It also requires completion of the eight-week summer course work in Richmond on Mondays and Tuesdays with the 10-week field instruction placement in the greater D.C. metropolitan area on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Students in the M.S.W. advanced standing program complete the subsequent fall and spring semesters of course work in Alexandria while continuing in the same field instruction placement.

Other opportunities

Students may combine their social work studies with other courses to earn a certificate in aging studies or certification for school social work. They also are offered opportunities to study international social work in countries such as Germany and the Dominican Republic.

About our Northern Virginia campus in Alexandria


Each student is assigned an academic adviser for individualized academic, career planning and advocacy. Students with special circumstances also may seek assistance from the coordinator for recruitment and retention who works with each person on an individual basis.


The same academic policies apply to both campuses.

Class scheduling

Students take classes on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Field instruction is scheduled in accordance with agency and student class schedules. Some weekend and online classes are available on a limited basis. 

Educational resources

Students have online access to the VCU Libraries in Richmond, from which they may order books and journal articles to be delivered to their homes. They also have access to a variety of library resources throughout the metropolitan area. These include the Library of Congress and libraries of various national institutes, e.g., the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Information sessions

Contact Dr. Jeffrey Schwamm regarding information sessions.

Additional information

Contact Dr. Jeffrey Schwamm on the Northern Virginia campus or call the School of Social Work in Richmond at (800) 450-8595.

Dr. Jeffrey Schwamm
M.S.W. Associate Director and Coordinator of the Northern Virginia M.S.W. Program
Phone: (703) 823-4131