You can earn your Master of Social Work (MSW) along with a Master of Legal Studies (MLS). Offered in conjunction with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, these degrees will prepare you to be an effective practitioner in social policy and to effect change at all levels of community and government as you interact with lawyers, assess risks and opportunities, and understand the legal, legislative and regulatory landscape.


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Ashley Ratliff

Your Career Options

With an MSW and MLS 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:

  • Directing nonprofit organizations
  • Developing social policy, including social justice reform, criminal justice reform and mental health services reform
  • Advocating for children and youth, individuals with disabilities and older adults
  • Working on law enforcement or immigration reform
  • Working with nonprofit agencies, including legal/mental health services coordination and advocacy
  • Community and urban planning, and sustainable cities development
  • Advocating for individuals and families experiencing homelessness
  • Working with agencies and employers as a diversity and inclusion consultant

Learn more about the MSW and MLS dual-degree curriculum.


Key Faculty

Jennifer Greenfield

Jennifer Greenfield

Associate Professor; Assoc Dean for Doctoral Ed.

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“Getting to meet and build community with classmates and faculty whose dedication to the work of transforming the world we live in inspires me even today.”

Mariana Diaz, MSW ’19, MLS ’20, HUD Grants Administrator, City and County of Denver Read More
Mariana Diaz

MSW/MLS Application Process

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