Only full and complete application packages received by the deadline will be reviewed. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Complete application due: Jan. 16*
*The M.S.W. Program application deadline has been extended to January 25, 2017
Notification of admission decision: April 19
Deposit due: May 3
Field application due: May 25
Complete application due: Dec. 1
Notification of admission decision: March 22
Deposit due: April 5
All applicants for the advanced standing program who meet minimum admission requirements will have a face-to-face interview with a faculty member at the School of Social Work. Immediately following the interview, applicants will complete a case assessment exercise. This entire process (interview and case assessment) will require about two hours of the applicant’s time.
The application form, along with all other additional materials, must be submitted to Graduate Admissions digitally through the online application system.
Additional items include:
Applicants to the advanced standing format in the M.S.W. degree program must submit the standard application package including the items listed above. Additionally, they must submit a copy of a field internship evaluation(s). If the applicant has not completed an internship but is currently in the field, an evaluation from the field instructor or liaison must be included with application.
Transfer students from another accredited M.S.W. program must submit the standard application package including the items listed above. Additionally, they must submit:
Find information on transfer credits and course waivers on the VCU Bulletins website.
The admission process is complex for both the regular and advanced standing programs, as are the reasons for deciding to admit or not admit an applicant. For the past several years the school has had many more applicants than can be admitted to the program.
The admissions review process involves an evaluation of each application in four broad areas: educational preparation, work experience, personal statement and recommendations. Read more about our consideration of applicants. »
Applicants will be notified by email no later than April 15. Advanced standing applicants will be notified by email no later than March 22.
Once an admission offer is made, it must be officially accepted and a $300 tuition deposit must be made by the indicated deadline to secure your place in the cohort. Applicants who accept offers after the cohort is full will be placed on a waiting list.
Accepted students are encouraged to apply for the Child Welfare Stipend Program at VCU.
The fall 2017 M.S.W. admission maximum cohort size is:
Each cohort is required to attend school and program orientations. You will receive information from the program with specific details of your mandatory orientation including date and time. Orientations are on the Tuesday or Wednesday before the first day of class; view the schedule on the Graduate School website.
Applicants who request a deferral after receiving an offer of admission must reapply for admission the following admission cycle. Applicants will only need to complete the online application and pay the application fee, but are not required to resubmit materials such as letters of reference or a personal statement.