You can earn your Master of Social Work (MSW) along with a Master of Legal Studies (MLS). Offered in conjunction with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, these degrees will prepare you to be an effective practitioner in social policy and to effect change at all levels of community and government as you interact with lawyers, assess risks and opportunities, and understand the legal, legislative and regulatory landscape.


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Ashley Ratliff

Your Career Options

With a an MSW and MLS dual degree, you’ll graduate with a competitive, cross-disciplinary skill set that will give you an advantage in the job market. Career options include:

  • Directing nonprofit organizations
  • Developing social policy, including social justice reform, criminal justice reform and mental health services reform
  • Advocating for children and youth, individuals with disabilities and older adults
  • Law enforcement education and reform
  • Immigration reform
  • Working with nonprofit agencies, including legal/mental health services coordination and advocacy
  • Community and urban planning, and sustainable cities development
  • Advocating for individuals and families experiencing homelessness
  • Working with agencies and employers as a diversity and inclusion consultant

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Key Faculty

Jennifer Greenfield

Jennifer Greenfield

Associate Professor; Assoc Dean for Doctoral Ed.

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Jae McQueen

Jae McQueen

Associate Professor of the Practice of Social Work; Coordinator for Adjunct Faculty Support and Development

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MSW/MLS Application Process

You must apply for the MSW and MLS separately and be accepted into each program in order to qualify for the dual degree.