MSW students and fieldwork partners

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.

Our curriculum emphasizes strengths-oriented, relational practice guided by principles of social justice and human rights, and a conceptual framework of critical social construction.

While social work education at UVM prepares students for the multiple role demands and organizational settings characteristic of social work in Vermont and the current era of social work in the U.S., 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 everywhere in the U.S.

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.


“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 have been able to learn from many State and local leaders and discuss my own ideas in a collaborative environment.”  Bryan Hallet, MSW '16

“UVM's MSW program creates a supportive environment where I can explore all of my social work interests while also asking all of my questions whether they are about professional needs or personal ambitions. I have found that my professors are 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, MSW '17


UVM recognized as one of the Best Graduate Schools of Social Work by U.S. News and World Report

Graduate Tuition Scholarships

VT-TREE Stipend


Fall 2021 Information Sessions

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

  • Tuesday Sept. 14,  5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Wednesday Oct. 13  5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Thursday Nov. 18 5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Friday Dec. 10,  12:30pm-2:00pm

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

Fall 2021 Application Deadlines

Advanced Standing Application
Deadline: Monday January 4, 2022 
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
Deadline: Monday February 1, 2022

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, 2022, when admissions for Fall 2022 will close. 

MSW Admissions Bulletin