Social Work

Program Type
Master of Social Work
Main Campus in Radford, VA
In-person, online


The Master of Social Work program focuses on clinical social work practice, allowing you to acquire a blend of direct practice skills coupled with an understanding and appreciation of human diversity. Our students develop relationship, advocacy, and practice skills to serve individuals locally, nationally, or globally.

Why Study Social Work at Radford?

  • We have flexible program options
  • You’ll have better access to faculty with small class sizes
  • We’re accredited by CSWE
  • Practicum placement provided by the school at 1 of over 300 available sites within 90 minutes of the campus
  • Graduate assistantships, paid VA placements, and Child Welfare Stipend Program available

Careers and Internships

  • We work with students to develop their specialty in social work
  • Electives in Military families, SUD, Crisis therapy, Aging, School Social Work, and many others
  • Practicums available in hospitals, schools, mental health centers, and employment-based options

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook for Social Work

Read more on why to choose social work as a career.

Opportunities for Social Work students at Radford

• Capstone course to develop your own research area and professional posters for presentation
• Electives for overseas study and international healthcare
• Faculty provide mentorship for student researchers
• Student clubs and organizations

Admissions Requirements

  • No GRE or MAT required! Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are NOT required for admission to the MSW program.
  • A baccalaureate degree earned at an accredited institution.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (undergraduate degree).
  • Evidence of a liberal arts background to include at least 15 credit hours in social sciences, 9 hours of humanities, and 3 hours of biology content. A lab is not required for admission into the MSW program.
  • Course credit is not given for life experience or previous work experience.
  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of upper-division coursework
  • 100 M.S.W. students across all program options

  • 27 years of accreditation by CSWE

  • 300 sites available for practicum placement provided by the school

Flexible options so you can learn how you like

Students can choose full-time, part-time, face-to-face, or online options. Classes are offered late afternoons and evenings or asynchronously.

“Radford's M.S.W. program was very convenient for me since they offered a part-time program at the Roanoke campus. My internships especially prepared me for my career as a bilingual therapist. I will be able to use the skills I gained throughout my career.”

Shawnte Woodson, M.S.W. QMHP