MSW students and fieldwork partners

Transformative Social Work: Profound. Generative. Relational.

UVM's nationally recognized Master of Social Work program prepares students for specialized practice in transformative social work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in the post-modern environment. Under a conceptual framework of critical social construction, our curriculum emphasizes strengths-oriented, relational practice through a critcal, anti-oppressive lens guided by principles of social justice and human rights.

While social work education at UVM prepares students for the multiple role demands and organizational settings, our MSW program also prepares students with a mindfulness of the global influences on the profession and the dissonance that competing demands among these influences create for social workers. These demands include issues of social justice, human diversity, and the uneven protection and distribution of rights and access to resources and opportunities.

Our students learn to become reflective, conscientious lifelong learners and professionals whose practice reflects the most humane and empowering knowledge, skills and values of social work.

  • Emily Mars Raymond

    MSW Success Spotlight: Emily Mars Raymond G'22

    Before accepting a position at Age Well Vermont, Emily prepared for her career aspiration to support aging Vermonters through her internship with the UVM Center on Aging and the UVM Medical Center’s Memory Program.

    “I enjoyed the clinical social work experience engaging with individuals and groups at the Memory Program while partnering alongside some of the best social workers in the field. I also partnered with the Vermont chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to start a group for people living with younger onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease – the first of its kind in Vermont.”

    Full Story about Emily

What Our Graduates Say

“During my time as an MSW Student, I had the capability to develop exactly the type of field experience I wanted in order to grow professionally and to gain the practice and education I needed to further my career. I was able to learn from many state and local leaders and discuss my own ideas in a collaborative environment.”  Bryan Hallet, G'16

“Professors were consistently willing to help me navigate my own journey and ideas without imposing their interests on me. There is room to grow and the department is willing to listen to students' needs.”  Maisha McCormick, G'17

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Fall 2023 Information Sessions

We will be holding a series of online MSW information sessions this Fall:

  • Monday Sept. 11,  5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Tuesday Oct 3, 5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Wednesday Oct. 25  5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Thursday Nov. 16 5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Friday Dec. 8,  12:30pm-2:00pm

To  R.S.V.P. please go here or to inquire about MSW Program please email Ken Bechtel.

Fall 2024 Application Deadlines

Advanced Standing Application

  • Deadline: Monday January 15, 2024

  • This option is for applicants who have successfully completed a BSW degree, from an CSWE accredited program, within the past 7 years of their intended enrollment in this MSW program.

Regular Track Application

  • Priority deadline: Monday February 1, 2023
  • NOTE: Applicants can continue to apply and submit their application materials beyond the February 1st deadline until the incoming class fills, up to March 15, 2024, when admissions for Fall 2024 will close. 

MSW Admissions Process