Organizational Leadership & Policy Practice Curriculum

The curriculum at GSSW is always evolving based on community needs and changes in the field. We remain responsive by keeping curriculum and class offerings current. For example, our policy classes frequently change to reflect the needs of the political environment. The concentration curriculum will prepare you for advanced practice in organizational leadership and policy practice. To see a full list of course descriptions, view the GSSW bulletin.

The minimum credits required for the MSW degree are 81 for Denver Campus MSW Program students and 54 for Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program students. The concentration curriculum is made up of 45 credits, and the rest is comprised of the foundation curriculum. The table below shows a list of required and elective class offerings for the Organizational Leadership & Policy Practice concentration.

Curriculum plans are subject to change year over year.

Area Requirements  Course Offerings

Theory for Practice (3 credits required)

Community and Organizational Change: Theory for Practice

Methods/Skills (9 credits required)

Positive and Community Youth Development
Community Organizing and Empowerment Practice
Administration and Management Practice and Skills
Poverty and Community Economic Development
Planning and Program Development
Social Policy Advocacy
Resource Development and Fundraising
International Social Development

Policy & Program Advocacy (3 credits required) Policy Analysis and Development

Research (3 credits required)

Methods for Evaluating Practice & Programs

Values for Practice (3 credits required)

Critical Race Praxis
Disproportionality & Disparity Across Systems
Intergenerational Justice
Restorative Approaches in Social Work
Social Work Practice With LGBTQIA Communities
Spirituality & Social Work Practice
Disrupting Privilege and Anti-Oppressive Practice
Disability Studies
Social Work Interventions With Latinos/as
Global Relations & Poverty in Mexico
Social Development in Latin America
Conservation SW in Kenya: Context, Empowerment, Sustainability
Global Cultural Perspectives: Consensus & Conundrums
Bosnia in Transition: The Social Work Response
Historical Trauma
Feminisms in Social Work Practice
Human Trafficking: Prevention, Intervention and Support of Its Victims
Human Sexuality
Contemporary Global Issues
Cultural Connectedness: A Journey Into Native American Country
Special Topics (as approved, titles vary)

Electives (12 credits required)

Social-Ecological Resilience and One Health: Connecting Human and Environmental Well-Being
Economic Theory and Social Work
Child Welfare Policies and Services
Policies and Programs for Children and Youth
Family Policies and Services
Immigration Policies & Services
Mental Health & Substance Use Policies
Health Care Policy
Aging Policy

Students may take elective courses in any of the concentrations. Students may take up to 10 elective credits from other DU graduate programs with approval of advisor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Certificate students will use elective slots to fulfill certificate requirements.   

Internship (12-15 credits)

Community internship at an organization that specializes in organizational leadership and policy practice. Learn more about field education.

Capstone (0 credits)

Capstone Project
University of Denver Campus

Are you interested in a career building the capacity of communities to advance social justice and the well-being of all people?