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BSW Program

BSW applicants must meet University requirements for admission. After successfully completing the first two years of pre-social work course requirements, students may apply to the Professional Program for the BSW degree. This is the official application process for admission to the professional phase of the Social Work Program.

MSW Program

For admission to the graduate program in The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, the applicant must fulfill the requirements established by the MSW Admissions Committee of the School. There is no credit given for life or work experience.


The Ph.D. Program prepares students for leadership roles in social work and in the field of family-centered social work practice. Special emphasis is placed on knowledge building for social work practice and service delivery on behalf of diverse, especially African American, families. The program seeks students who are committed to a focus on the family as the unit of attention in research and theory development. 

Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Program of the School of Social Work is based upon the School's commitment to the delivery of quality social work services and community service. This commitment is based on the awareness that is by sustained participation in professional development that social workers maintain and enhance their competencies.

Field Education 

Field Education is the “heart of social work education” and is vital for preparation of future professional social workers. It is what many experts believe the life blood of social work education, and its signature pedagogy “guided experiential learning” experience. 

Child Welfare

The Child Welfare Stipend Program (CWSP) is a partnership between the Virginia Department of Social Services and four state universities within Virginia (Radford University, Norfolk State University, George Mason University, and Virginia Commonwealth University). This specialized training program, funded through title IV-E of the Social Security Act, prepares BSW and MSW students for a career in child welfare.