COVID-19 Information for Prospective Students
Prospective MSW Students
GSSW has three criteria for our decision making about COVID-19: follow public health science and federal, state, and local mandates; ensure continuity of learning and work to the extent possible; and promote individual well-being. These criteria guide GSSW’s leadership team as we make critical decisions regarding COVID-19 and our community’s response.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We know this is a challenging time to envision your future MSW journey, so we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions to provide some clarity. The responses to these questions are based on the most recent information provided to us by the University’s senior leadership. If you haven’t already, please review the revised Denver Campus MSW Program page for more information about additional start terms and program tracks for the Two-Year and Advanced-Standing MSW Programs.
We will update the answers to these questions as we receive new information about the rapidly changing conditions related to the COVID-19 crisis.
If you have academic or field related questions, we encourage you to email our Admission Ambassadors.
What are the online vs on-campus course expectations for summer and fall 2021?
Summer 2021 Course Expectations
Given what we know about COVID levels right now, we anticipate about 75% of classes will be available on-campus and about 25% of classes will be offered online, in a flipped format. For students who want to be fully online, there will be at least one section of required Advanced-Standing courses available for those students who want to enroll in them, as well as some of the concentration and elective courses
- All classes will have flipped format in which 60-90 minutes of content is provided asynchronously and 90-120 minutes of activities may occur in a live session (either on-campus or on Zoom).
- On-campus sections will only run if the state, local, and university public health guidelines permit it -which is currently allowed at 50% capacity within a classroom.
- Per DU or public health guidance, we may have to switch to fully online options, at any point during the quarter.
- Courses will be ready to accommodate students to temporarily engage in learning virtually if a student is required to self-isolate.
- Any student, staff, or faculty who comes to the DU Campus must abide by DU-required social distancing and health practices (i.e., reduced class sizes, staggered times, engaging in DU public health training(s), mask-wearing, health screenings, compliance with contact tracing protocols while on campus and prohibitions against traveling out-of-state).
- On-campus course sections were selected per faculty recommendations based on course content which benefits the most from face-to-face learning. Courses that were offered in multiple sections were prioritized next. The length of the course in terms of live sessions and asynchronous work is also constructed based on both student and faculty input related to the subject matter and methods of the course.
- Students will indicate their preference for online or on-campus modalities of specific courses by updating their DU registration and waitlist requests. Some changes to instructors may occur between the start of registration and the first day of classes. Students will be notified if waitlists indicate the need for an additional section or if a student has been moved.
This information is only relevant for the summer 2021 quarter. Online vs on-campus course expectations for fall 2021 quarter are still being finalized.
What is the difference between MSW@Denver and the Denver Campus MSW Program?
There are several differences between our online and on-campus programs. MSW@Denver has two concentrations, while the Denver Campus MSW Program has eight concentrations and three certificates. MSW@Denver has more constrained field options, and students do not have faculty advisors. With the Denver Campus MSW Program, you choose your field internship and also receive mentorship from full-time faculty advisors who are based on the Denver campus.
Are all the Denver Campus concentrations and certificates available for all new entry terms?
Yes, all concentrations and certificates are available regardless of when you start the program.
Are field placement options limited if I choose a block field curriculum plan?
That will depend on the type of field internship you’re looking for. For example, school social work may not be a possibility with a spring/summer field placement (block field placement). However, we work with 700+ field agencies, so there are still plenty of internship options to choose from if you choose a block field curriculum plan. You should discuss your specific needs with your field advisor if admitted.
What does a virtual field internship look like?
Our field placements are equipped to host student interns in a virtual environment. Many agencies have transitioned to providing remote services, including telehealth and telebehavioral health services. If you have a specific question about field education, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are international internships and courses canceled?
At this time, we do not know whether international courses and internships will be allowed in the 2020 winter interterm quarter. We will continue to watch the recommendations from the Department of State for each country and will send additional information when it is available.
- Are there new entry terms for the Two-Year and Advanced-Standing MSW Programs?
On-Campus Events/Student Life
When can I visit campus?
All admissions-related events and one-on-one visits are virtual, and GSSW is not open for on-campus visitors at this time. Please request information and we will notify you by email when the campus is open for visitors. As an alternative to a campus visit, we encourage you to take our virtual campus tour or schedule a telephone call or virtual meeting with a member of our enrollment team.
If you would like to schedule a telephone call or virtual meeting for a time outside of those listed on our website, please email email@example.com and we will work with your schedule.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Is work-study available remotely (if needed), and how do I qualify for work-study?
Work-study positions are available for all start dates, and work-study positions can be conducted remotely if needed due to COVID-19 campus closures.
Are research assistantships available remotely (if needed), and how do I apply?
Research assistantships are available for all start dates, and assistantships can be conducted remotely if needed due to COVID-19 campus closures. More information about how to apply for research assistantships will be provided if admitted into the program.
What is the cost of tuition per curriculum plan?
Starting in summer 2020, tuition will be $1,222 per credit hour. Regardless of which program start date you choose, you will only pay for the number of credits you take each quarter. In the curriculum plans above, you can view total credits per quarter.
Are stipends available for all entry terms (July, September, and January)?
Stipend eligibility does vary depending on entry term. Learn more.