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New Distance Learning Program Caters to Working Students

RADFORD -- Radford University’s School of Social Work has students spread over three different campuses, and graduate students in social work have been pursuing their degrees on a part-time basis in Abingdon since 1997.

In May, the total of MSW graduates from the Abingdon program reached 120.

This fall we have begun a new weekend/distance learning program in collaboration with representative stakeholders with the goal of creating a more ‘user-friendly’ program of study.

Enrollment has increased more than 20 percent. The 23 new students will attend all day classes every other Saturday and complete online work during the week in-between. The first two classes are offered in a compressed format of seven weeks, so students will be able to focus their time and energy on one course at a time.  

The year-round format change will allow students to complete the MSW, part-time, in three years, a year less than before. Plus, the program will admit new students every year, rather than every other year. Since the program was developed to cater to working adult students, the change to alternating weekends should allow more people to find it possible to attend graduate school, without being required to leave work early every week.   

Nov. 3, 2009
Contact: Chad Osborne (; 540-831-7761)

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