Offered with the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Arts (MA) in international development will steep you in social work values and ethics and build your skills in areas such as social justice, cultural humility, and community organizing and development. You’ll also explore development theory, policy-oriented decision-making and analysis, institutional politics and the practical skills needed for a career in government, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector.


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Your Career Options

With an MSW and MA in international development 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:

  • Activist
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Health Policy Planner
  • Historical Researcher
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Key Faculty

Sarah Bexell

Sarah Bexell

Clinical Associate Professor; Faculty Director, Center of Sustainability

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“More social workers are definitely needed in the policy space, and GSSW did a wonderful job of teaching us what unique skills and perspectives we bring to the work.”

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Katherine Riley

MSW/MA Application Process

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