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MSW Program Mission

The MSW program focuses on clinical social work practice, allowing students to acquire a blend of direct practice skills coupled with an understanding and appreciation of human diversity. Our students develop the ability to practice clinically with diverse populations in a wide range of available settings. The program seeks to develop within each of its students the rich intellectual and ethical capacities necessary for skillful and compassionate social work practice (Radford University MSW, 2021). This is based in promoting inclusion, social justice, and cultural humility. Students are asked to use theory and research to inform and evaluate practice. MSW students develop relationship, advocacy, and practice skills to serve individuals locally, nationally, or globally. The MSW mission is consistent across options.

Program Options

The 2023 - 2024 application is now open for all programs.  The application deadline for fullest consideration of all Standard Program applications will be June 1, 2024; however, applications will be reviewed until programs are filled.  The application for all Advanced Standing will be open until March 12024.  We do offer several tracks for students who would like to personalize their program through electives and internship experiences.  Students who seek a clinical track have options in areas of clinical electives and clinical internships.  Please apply at Please reach out to Diana Joyce for questions.

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Why Choose Radford?

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Choose between part-time and full-time courseloads.

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Expand Job Opportunities

Prepare for a new career, for career advancement or for further study.

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World-Class Faculty

Learn from accomplished graduate faculty members with extensive practical and field experience.

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Succeed in your Field.

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Accreditations that Matter

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Social work regulatory boards require that social work degrees must be obtained from programs of social work that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Both the BSW and MSW at Radford University are accredited by CSWE and therefore meet the educational requirements to become a licensed social worker in other states. Some states may have requirements beyond the educational requirements in order to be licensed. 

Our programs are also reviewed and monitored by a Professional Advisory Council, composed of trained professional social workers, and are affiliated with many professional organizations including the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the School Social Work Association of America.

Radford's MSW program was very convenient for me since they offered a part-time program. My internships especially prepared me for my career as a bilingual therapist. The skills that I have gained while there and the experiences I had are ones that I will be able to use throughout my career.

Shawnte Woodson, MSW, QMHP

Radford University MSW Alumna, Bilingual Therapist