2020 MSW Enrollment Guide

Welcome to Your Social Work Community

At the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), we are committed to community—the community within our school and the communities with whom we partner to create individual and collective impact.

We are excited to welcome you! Although we hail from diverse personal and professional backgrounds and have a wide variety of research, scholarship and career interests, our faculty, staff and students all share one thing in common: We are champions for social justice who are leading the charge for social change.

As you get to know our school, its programs and its people, I hope you come away as inspired as I am by the transformative potential of social work, by the creativity and collaboration our community fosters, by the courage of GSSW faculty, staff and students to think big and act boldly to improve the human condition.

You are embarking on an incredible educational journey. You will graduate with the knowledge, skills and commitment to create a more just and equitable world for all. I and the rest of the GSSW community look forward to sharing this journey with you.

Looking for a way to connect, ask questions and build relationships with future classmates?

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If you have questions about the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to your future MSW journey, visit our COVID-19 FAQ page.

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Tuition, Billing & Financial Aid

The next step in your GSSW educational journey is to accept the offer of admission and submit your tuition deposit, if you haven’t already.

  • Tuition Deposit Instructions

    For the incoming January 2021 class, submit your $300 deposit by November 15, 2020, to hold your spot in the Denver Campus MSW Program. The deposit is non-refundable, but the full amount will be credited to your first tuition payment.

    1. Accept Offer of Admission: To accept our offer of admission, visit your application status page. There, scroll to the “Forms” section and click the “Reply to Admission Offer” link to select “I ACCEPT your admission offer.”
    2. Submit your Tuition Deposit: Once you have accepted your offer, you will have the opportunity to pay your tuition deposit by clicking the “Enrollment Deposit—Submit Payment” link that appears on your application status page. This link will take you to a webpage allowing payment of your deposit with a credit card.
  • Tuition & Billing

    Tuition for each quarter is due the first day of that quarter. More information about tuition, fees and payment are available at the Bursar’s Office

  • Financial Aid

    To apply for state or federal financial assistance, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as soon as possible. This application is required to determine eligibility for grants, loans and student employment. 

    If you have questions regarding a merit-based scholarship, graduate assistantship, deposit deadline or scholarship disbursement, contact gsswadmission@du.edu or call 303-871-2841.

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Student Life

Enrolling in graduate school is a big step, and we’ll be there for you, from your first day of orientation through your job search after graduation and your career as an alumnus. We’re dedicated to supporting students in developing and enhancing their academic and professional skills while also ensuring that resources—such as accommodation for learning differences and disabilities, health and counseling—are available and accessible.

9500+ Our career services team provides internship application strategies and connects you with our 9,500+ alumni, who network with students and provide career information.

Student and Career Services Support

Asia Wesley

Asia Wesley

Student Engagement Coordinator

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Maggie Heyduk

Maggie Heyduk

Professional Advisor

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Krislyn O'Sullivan

Krislyn O'Sullivan

Manager of Career and Academic Advising

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Deana Ahmad

Deana Ahmad

Assistant Dean for Students

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Stacy Said

Stacy Said

Career Development Advisor

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Housing & Transportation

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    The University of Denver now offers on-campus housing for graduate students. Apply soon, housing assignments will be made by the end of April.

    If you are interested in off-campus housing, resources are available to help you find houses and apartments for rent near campus and throughout the metro area. For nearby apartment listings, roommate search tools and budgeting information, visit the off campus housing website.

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    You’ll receive a RTD transit pass, making getting around Denver free and easy. The campus is a hub for light-rail and bus routes connecting you to downtown, the Tech Center, Denver International Airport and the entire metro area.

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    Parking on Campus

    There are several paid parking options on campus, most of which are walking distance from GSSW’s Craig Hall. Parking passes are available for purchase.

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GSSW is home to a courageous community of faculty members whose work is advancing social justice and social work practice. Their research and scholarship spans areas such as public policy, addiction, child welfare and youth development, homelessness, and issues including ableism, sexism, racism and intersectional lived experiences. Get to know our faculty and their research, and feel free to introduce yourself and ask questions!

Academic Advising

You will be assigned an advisor during the school year. If you would like more information about the registration process, course options and your academic path prior to your arrival at orientation, please sign up for a virtual, advising session. 

Two-Year MSW Program Advising Sessions:

Advanced-Standing MSW Program Advising Sessions: 


Upcoming registration dates for both the Two-Year and Advanced-Standing MSW Program: 

  • January 2021 Start: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Field Education

With field internships, you can begin practicing your social work skills right away. With more than 600 GSSW field agencies available in Denver—from hospitals and hospices, to child welfare agencies, policy nonprofits and animal sanctuaries—you’ll find an internship that fits your specific needs and interests. Email field@du.edu with any questions. 

Start your internship search process:

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    Attend a Field Information Session

    Sign up instructions will be emailed after you submit the deposit.

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    Complete the Internship Search Form

    Information about the internship search form will be sent via email after the information session.

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    Schedule an Appointment with a Field Advisor

    After you complete the internship search form, you will set up a one-on-one meeting with a field advisor, who will work with you to identify GSSW-approved field agencies for your interview and selection process. Learn more about our field advisors and some of our current field placements online.

Meet our Field Advisors

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Technology Resources

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    Check your PioneerWeb portal for important documents, registration info and other student essentials.


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    Access our online learning-management system to find syllabi, assignments, deadlines and more.


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    Find electronic profiles of students, faculty, staff, alumni and organizations across campus.


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    Office 365

    Access your email account, Microsoft Word, OneDrive and other resources that can help you complete your schoolwork.

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Discover Denver

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Arts & Culture

Campus is home to the acclaimed Newman Center for the Performing Arts and Myhren Gallery, and the museum district and other world-class venues—from Museo de las Americas and Su Teatro to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Clyfford Still Museum—are just a short train ride away.

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From vegan to locavore to carnivore, Denver’s food scene has it all, including a wide variety of global flavors walking distance from campus. Some of our nearby favorites are Jeruselem Restaurant, Kaladi Coffee Roasters, Deiter’s Chocolates and Illegal Pete’s. You can often find faculty, staff and students sharing a meal and conversation in Craig Hall or eating or studying al fresco during one of Denver’s 300+ sunny days a year. For other restaurants and hot spots throughout the city, check out the Crimson & Gold Trail passport which offers discounts and deals for DU alumni owned businesses throughout the city.

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Sports & Recreation

You don’t have to leave campus to find one of Denver’s best sports and recreation complexes: The Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness and Coors Fitness Center. Hop a train to downtown for a pro sports matchup, or explore Denver’s more than 80 miles of urban trails and bikeways. There’s even a ski and snowboard terrain park—The Ruby Hill Rail Yard—minutes from campus.

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