Offered in conjunction with the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Arts in international studies (MA) will ready you for a career in the government, private and nonprofit sectors. The MA degree provides the opportunity to tailor a program to fit your specific needs and interests, while the MSW emphasizes social justice, a systems approach to diagnosing and addressing problems, and clinical skills for engaging with client systems at the micro, mezzo and macro levels. Dual-degree graduates are uniquely adept at engaging communities and individuals to address complex problems, especially within cultures that are new to them.


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Your Career Options

With an MSW and MA in international studies dual degree, you’ll be prepared to work in the government, private and nonprofit sectors and will graduate with a competitive, cross-disciplinary skillset that will give you an advantage in the job market. Career options include:

  • Strengthening democratic institutions worldwide
  • Encouraging international civic participation
  • Helping law enforcement to mitigate threats
  • Championing global collaboration

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Key Faculty

Ann Petrila

Ann T. Petrila

Professor of the Practice, Coordinator of Global Initiatives, Director of Global Practice Bosnia

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Sarah Bexell

Sarah Bexell

Clinical Associate Professor; Faculty Director, Center of Sustainability

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“My experience with GSSW taught me the importance of relationship building, networking and the vast amount of learning that happens outside of the classroom in spaces of advocacy and organizing. It taught me how to apply a critical lens and gave me ample opportunities to cultivate an increasingly justice oriented and critical lens.”

Ariel Zarate, MSW ’18, MA ’18, Training Program Manager, AsylumWorks Read More
Ariel Zarate

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.