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Supporting Social Work Careers

GSSW Student and Career Services

At the Graduate School of Social Work, you’re never a number. We know you by your name and your story. We’re there for you, from your first day of orientation through your job search after graduation and your career as an alumnus. Our team is dedicated to cultivating community and supporting students in developing and enhancing their academic and professional skills while also ensuring that student resources — such as accommodation for learning differences and disabilities, health and counseling — are available and accessible. We provide Student and Career Services Support to help you nurture self-care, make a career plan, connect with peers and the community, and have some fun along the way.

  • Build leadership and other professional skills with training in areas such as grant writing, meeting facilitation and budget management.
  • Respond to and reflect on current social justice issues that impact social work practice through dialogues on topics such as gun control.
  • Have fun at events such as pop-up parties where the student services team cooks for students.

Seeing students acquiring their MSWs, seeing them overcome challenges, seeing their passions come to fruition — that’s most fulfilling.

Adrienne Martinez

Career Services

Whether you’ve already identified your dream job or are still exploring your options, we’ll help you to articulate the skills, knowledge and experiences gained at GSSW to be a competitive applicant in the social work job market. We emphasize social work career development through:

  • One-on-one career advising and special events
  • Assistance with resumes and cover letters and support organizing the job search
  • Help with internship application strategies
  • Connections to a network of more than 9,000 GSSW alumni
  • Tailored mock interview and salary negotiation practice
  • Insight on the Colorado licensure process
  • Using LinkedIn to build a personal brand

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The GSSW Student Experience

Here, community is central to everything we do. We have dedicated student spaces to enhance community — spaces where students study, participate in group projects and socialize. We’re a warm, welcoming community of scholars that truly like one other — we even eat lunch together! We also provide a variety of social work student events, and the University of Denver campus is rich with sports, arts, culture, recreation and wellness opportunities as well. Our community also is enriched by six social work student organizations that give you an opportunity to build your leadership skills, network with other students and the community, attend conferences and advocate for your class.

Social Work Student Organizations

  • Shades of Brown Alliance

    The Shades of Brown Alliance strives to offer an affirming, supportive and encouraging environment for all individuals of color, allies, staff, faculty and alumni of GSSW to learn, voice, escape, mature and positively confront and address the issues people of color experience as a part of the GSSW experience.

  • Phi Alpha Honor Society

    A national social work honor society, Phi Alpha provides a closer bond among social work students and promotes humanitarian goals and ideals. MSW student membership in GSSW’s Xi Delta Chapter of Phi Alpha is based on grade point average and adherence to the National Association of Social Workers code of ethics. The Xi Delta chapter encourages members to participate in community service.

  • Queer Equality Alliance

    The Queer Equality Alliance strives to create a supportive and inclusive LGBTQIA community within GSSW and the University of Denver. It sheds light on issues faced by the LGBTQIA community and creates alliances within Denver-area grassroots movements and other advocacy groups. The alliance also addresses educational, political and social needs, provides advocacy for the LGBTQIA community and works toward dismantling oppression in all its forms

  • ECO Conscious

    ECO (Environment + Conservation + Opportunity) Conscious promotes conservation and environmental justice in the GSSW community and beyond by focusing on three critical goals: 1) educating and enlisting the DU community to use Earth’s resources responsibly, 2) fostering greater connection with Earth through opportunities to explore and enjoy nature, and 3) advocating for political change for environmental justice through organized action.

  • Graduate Student Association

    The Graduate Student Association organizes community events, provides conference scholarships, shares student concerns with GSSW leadership and provides a forum for GSSW students to discuss issues that concern them.

  • REhD

    REhD (Red Estudiantil de Hispanohablantes en DU GSSW) is GSSW’s Spanish conversation group comprising 30+ intermediate to advanced Spanish-speaking students who wish to connect around their Spanish language. The group provides students a place to meet other Spanish-speaking students, learn new vocabulary and brush up on language skills, promote self-care for bilingual students, address critical issues affecting Spanish-speaking client systems and social work service delivery, and have the occasional cafecito y pan dulce.

With online and on-campus options in three locations, we have the right MSW for you.

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Application Information

2019 Denver Campus MSW Program Admission Deadline