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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Denver Campus MSW Virtual Information Sessions

Register for one of our 2021 Denver Campus MSW virtual information sessions to learn more about our Denver Campus MSW program, admissions process and financial aid options. There will also be a Q&A where you can chat with current students about their experience at GSSW. 

Wednesday, October 27, 12-1 p.m. MDT

Wednesday, November 10, 4-5 p.m. MDT

Wednesday, November 17, 12-1 p.m. MDT

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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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500+ Denver Campus MSW Students

18 Average Class Size

95% Denver Campus Students Receiving Scholarships

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. 

January Start (2022)

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If you start in January 2022, you will follow 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 2022 Start
  • Final Application Deadline: December 1, 2021 
  • Expected Graduation Date: June 2023

NOTE: The January start date is no longer offered after January 2022.

September Start (2022 or 2023)

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If you start in September 2022 or September 2023, you will follow 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).

Key Dates for September 2022 Start
  • Early Application Deadline: December 1, 2021
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2022 
  • Expected Graduation Date: June 2024
Key Dates for September 2023 Start
  • Early Application Deadline: December 1, 2022 
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2023
  • Expected Graduation Date: June 2025

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, September or January. 

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January Start (2022)

If you start in January 2022, you will follow the 4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan (Block Field). You will complete your field internship in spring/summer quarters. 

Key Dates for January 2022 Start
  • Final Application Deadline: December 1, 2021 
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2022

NOTE: The January start date is no longer offered after January 2022.

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July Start (2022 or 2023)

If you start in July 2022 or 2023, you will follow Traditional 4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan. You will complete your field internship in fall/winter/spring quarters. 

Key Dates for July 2022 Start
  • Early Application Deadline: December 1, 2021
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2022 
  • Expected Graduation Date: June 2023
Key Dates for July 2023 Start
  • Early Application Deadline: December 1, 2022
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2023
  • Expected Graduation Date: June 2024
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September Start (2022)

If you start in September 2022, you will follow the 4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan. You will complete your field internship in fall/winter/spring quarters. 

Key Dates for September 2022 Start
  • Early Application Deadline: December 1, 2021
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2022
  • Expected Graduation Date: August 2023

MSW Degree Focus Areas

Denver Campus students choose from eight degree concentrations.

Certificates

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Human-Animal-Environment Interactions Certificate

The first of its kind in the nation, our Human-Animal-Environment Interactions 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 Certificate

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 Certificate

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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Global Social Work Certificate

Paired with the Denver Campus MSW degree, the Global Social Work Certificate will help you understand global connections and perspectives. Courses are anchored in social work values and ethics and apply a power, privilege and oppression framework to human rights advocacy and intervention, giving you the skills and knowledge needed to work cross-culturally, either at home or abroad.

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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

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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