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​Fall 2021 Learning Format

Guided by public health best practices, we expect that will establish a hybrid learning format for this fall. The hybrid format will mean that some of your courses will be taught in person, on campus. Others will be taught online, via Zoom and Canvas platforms, with both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) content, in accordance with the professor’s preferred format and syllabus. 

Although the percentage of on-campus versus online coursework for this fall is uncertain at this time, we anticipate significantly expanding in-person options for this upcoming academic year, with most students able to take half or more of their courses in person. The selection of courses that will be offered in person will be driven by pedagogical approaches, with preference given to courses that have a heavy emphasis on skill building. Given this structure, and the expectation that Spring 2021 will be fully in person, we are so pleased that the vast majority of our students will be on campus this fall.

Remote Alternative for Extenuating Circumstances Only

International Students: COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact throughout the world, making global travel especially difficult. There are significant differences across nations in terms of travel restrictions. In recognition of this unique burden, our admitted international students who do not have the ability to travel will be allowed to take all of their courses online until such travel restrictions have been lifted and they are able to acquire the necessary visas. If you are already in the U.S. on a student visa, you will need to take courses on campus in St. Louis. We recognize that differences in time zones around the world make attending remotely challenging. We will make every effort to make options available that best accommodate your time zone, however, please be aware that this will not be possible for all courses within the curriculum. Please contact brownadmissions@wustl.edu to discuss your plans to move to St. Louis or stay remote for Fall. 

Domestic Students: Given the current state of the pandemic in the United States and the projections for vaccine availability for the general public, domestic students are expected to move to St. Louis this fall to start their MSW program. If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from moving to St. Louis, which we hope is rare for domestic students, please contact the Office of Admissions at brownadmissions@wustl.edu to explore options.