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.

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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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450 Denver Campus MSW Students

17 Average Class Size

95% Denver Campus Students Receiving Scholarships

New MSW Program Options

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now offering additional start dates and program tracks for both the Two-Year and Advanced-Standing MSW Programs. If you have specific questions about the new entry terms and curriculum plans, please view our COVID-19 FAQ for prospective students and/or setup a call with an Admission Ambassador. 

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. If admitted, you may now choose to start your MSW program at GSSW in either September or January. See below for additional information and application deadlines. 

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January Start (2021 or 2022)

If you start in January 2021 or January 2022, you have one curriculum plan option—the 6-Quarter 2Y Curriculum Plan (Block Field).   

  • With the 6-Quarter 2Y Curriculum Plan (Block Field) you will start your foundation field internship in quarter 2 (spring) and will continue your foundation internship during quarter 3 (summer). Your concentration field internship will take place during quarters 4, 5 and 6 (fall, winter, spring).
Key Dates for January 2021 Start
  • Final Application Deadline: December 1, 2020 (application now available)
  • Expected Graduation Date: June 2022
Key Dates for January 2022 Start
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2021 (application is available on August 25, 2020)
    Expected Graduation Date: June 2023
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September Start (2021 or 2022)

If you start in September 2021 or September 2022, you will have two options for curriculum plans—the Traditional 6-Quarter 2Y Curriculum Plan (Summer Off) and the Extended 7-Quarter 2Y Curriculum Plan (Block Field)

  • With the Traditional 6-Quarter 2Y Curriculum Plan (Summer Off), you will start your foundation field internship in quarter 1 (fall) and will continue your foundation internship during quarters 2 and 3 (winter and spring). You will have summer off. Your concentration field internship will take place during quarter 4, 5 and 6 (fall, winter, spring).
  • With the Extended 7-Quarter 2Y Curriculum Plan (Block Field), you will start your foundation field internship in quarter 3 (spring) and will continue your foundation internship during quarter 4 (summer). Your concentration field internship will take place during quarters 5, 6 and 7 (fall, winter, spring).
Key Dates for September 2021 Start
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2021 (application is available on August 25, 2020)
  • Expected Graduation Date: June 2023
Key Dates for September 2022 Start
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2022 (application is available in August 2021)
    Expected Graduation Date: June 2024

Advanced-Standing MSW Program

The Advanced-Standing MSW Program is for students who already have a CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree. If admitted, you may now choose to start your MSW program at GSSW in either July 2020; September 2020; or January 2021. See below for additional information and application deadlines.

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January Start (2021 or 2022)

If you start in January 2021 or January 2022, you will have one curriculum plan option—the 4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan (Block Field).

Key Dates for January 2021 Start
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2021 (application now available)
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2021
Key Dates for January 2022 Start
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2021 (application is available on August 25, 2020)
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2022
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July Start (2021 or 2022)

If you start in July 2021 or July 2022, you have one curriculum plan option—Traditional 4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan. 

Key Dates for July 2021 Start
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2021 (application is available August 25, 2020)
  • Expected Graduation Date: June 2022
Key Dates for July 2022 Start
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2022 (application is available in August 2021)
    Expected Graduation Date: June 2023
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September Start (2021)

If you start in September 2021, you will have two options for curriculum plans——the 4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan or the 4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan (Block Field).

Key Dates for September 2021 Start
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2020 (application is available on August 25, 2020)
  • Expected Graduation Date: August 2022

Note: Traditionally, GSSW offered one start date in July each year for Advanced-Standing students. Due to COVID-19, we opened additional start dates. It is undetermined if we will offer a September 2022 Advanced-Standing start date. 

MSW Degree Focus Areas

Denver Campus students choose from eight degree concentrations.

Certificates

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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.

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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.

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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.
 

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“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
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MSW Program Features

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Field Education

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.

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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.

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