Denver Campus Master of Social Work Program
Education for Social Action
We’re ranked among the nation’s top 20 social work graduate programs, and for good reason. At the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), teaching and research are shaped and guided by our social justice mandate and the needs of our community. Our small classes and 11:1 student–faculty ratio mean you’ll develop close research and scholarship collaborations with faculty mentors. Individual career planning and support services will help you realize your ambitions, and a range of organizations, activities and events — from the Shades of Brown Alliance for individuals of color and allies, to the Catalyst Series for Social Justice — will provide opportunities to connect outside of the classroom.
We offer two Denver Campus master of social work (MSW) program options: the Two-Year MSW Program and the Advanced-Standing MSW Program. With eight degree concentrations to choose from, you’ll be prepared for countless career paths in a field that is adding jobs faster than most others.
The Denver Difference
Our “outside of the classroom” is pretty incredible. The University of Denver campus is just a short train or bus ride from downtown Denver (all University of Denver students get a free pass!), a city that U.S. News & World Report has named one of the nation’s best places to live. Craft beer, food trucks and art crawls are plentiful, as are urban and mountain parks and recreation opportunities. Denver also is home to a thriving community of social justice activists. And as one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, Denver has no shortage of social work internship and job opportunities, which are plentiful statewide, too.
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MSW Program Options
Two-Year MSW Program
The Two-Year MSW Program is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in any field other than social work.
- Program length: 6 quarters
- Regular application deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
- Final application deadline: Aug. 1, 2020
- Next start date: September 2020
Advanced-Standing MSW Program
The Advanced-Standing MSW Program is for students who already have a CSWE-accredited bachelor of social work degree.
- Program length: 4 quarters
- Regular application deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
- Final application deadline: June 1, 2019
- Next start date: July 2020
MSW Degree Focus Areas
Denver Campus students choose from eight degree concentrations
Concentration in Aging Services and Policy
Provide options to older adults.
Practice across the continuum of clinical care services for older adults and their families, including health, behavioral health, memory care, community and residential settings.
Concentration in Child Welfare
Help children and youth to thrive.
Work with children, youth and families across the continuum of care within the child welfare system, from entry to exit in both public and private child welfare agencies.
Concentration in Children & Youth: Risks and Healthy Development
Promote healthy youth development.
Work with adolescents and children in a wide variety of settings, including mental health, family services and community agencies, schools, treatment centers and correctional facilities.
Concentration in Family Systems Practice
Be a change agent with families.
Work with families and diverse clients in a variety of direct-service, private-practice and family-policy settings.
Concentration in Health & Wellness
Shape health care programs and policies.
Practice in a variety of holistic health, integrated health and wellness settings, including hospitals, after-school programs and experiential treatment settings.
Concentration in Mental Health
Help people to heal.
Work in a therapeutic social work setting as a counselor or behavioral health clinician who assists with trauma, mental illness and substance abuse issues.
Concentration in Organizational Leadership & Policy Practice
Advance justice and human rights.
Develop programs, administer organizations, build community coalitions, craft and analyze social policy, implement program and policy research, and advocate for policy and program change.
Concentration in Sustainable Development & Global Practice
Create connections between humans, animals and the environment.
Work in environmental or international social work, including assessment, community engagement, education, health promotion, mobilization, organizing, poverty reduction, environmental preservation and capacity building.
Animal-Assisted Social Work
The first of its kind in the nation, our Animal-Assisted Social Work certificate explores the therapeutic use of animals in many types of social work practice. It is paired with a Denver Campus MSW degree for added specialization that prepares you to work with human and nonhuman animals in a variety of practice settings.Learn More
Latinx Social Work
Our Latinx Social Work certificate addresses the critical need for bilingual and culturally responsive social workers. It is paired with a Denver Campus MSW degree for added specialization that prepares you to effectively serve individuals and families of Latin American origin.Learn More
School Social Work
The School Social Work Certificate explores all aspects of school social work, such as crisis intervention and school-based assessments. It is paired with a Denver Campus MSW degree for added specialization that prepares you to work in Colorado schools, from preschool through high school.
“This is an internship that I look forward to. There’s nowhere else I could be getting this great of a hands-on experience.”Kaylee Keuthan, Denver Campus MSW student
MSW Program Features
Field internships allow you to practice the concepts and theories you learn in the classroom. Students choose from more than 750 options for internships working with clients, systems and communities in professional settings.Learn More
Global Courses & Internships
Whether you aspire to work abroad or study social work abroad to build your cultural competence to work with diverse populations in the U.S., our international social work courses and internships are a great place to start.Learn More