January 2021 MSW Enrollment Guide
Denver Campus MSW January 2021 Class
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.
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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
Submit your $300 deposit within 7 business days of receiving your decision letter 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
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 FAFSA, Federal loans or the GradPLUS loan, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions regarding a merit-based scholarship, graduate assistantship, deposit deadline or scholarship disbursement, contact email@example.com or call 303-871-2841.
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.
New Student Orientation
Orientation is required for all incoming Advanced-Standing and Two-Year students and will introduce community resources, expectations, and opportunities as you begin your journey at GSSW. Orientation for the incoming January 2021 class is Thursday, December 17, 2020 (from 9:00 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. MT) and Friday, December 18, 2020 (from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. MT). We will also offer optional post-orientation sessions on Friday, December 18, 2020 (from 12:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.) where you can seek individual answers to specific questions. For more details, please visit our GSSW Admitted Student Resource Portal.
Student and Career Services Support
Housing & Transportation
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, graduate housing options have shifted. The Office of Housing and Residential Education has confirmed there is on-campus graduate housing available. Housing has been secured for graduate students on the Auraria campus at Metro State University (about 6.5 miles away from the University of Denver campus). Students interested in securing a space should complete the 20-21 Academic Year Housing Application.
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.
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.
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!
If you haven't attended an academic advising session, please reach out to me (Kate.Ross@du.edu) or Jae.McQueen@du.edu with any questions about your course planning. You are also welcome to attend our virtual Academic Affairs office hours on Monday and Thursday, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (MT) Note: zoom passcode = SW2020
Return to Campus Protocols
All decisions about current campus access are related to the COVID response level that is guided by the Colorado Department of Public Health, the City and County of Denver, and communicated on the DU COVID Website.
For Winter Quarter 2021, access to in-person classes on campus will depend on the DU Alert Level, at that time, so it is hard to predict what will be possible. This will be a DU-level decision. Additionally, it is important to note, that these levels could potentially change throughout Winter Quarter, which runs January 4 - March 15, 2021. You will be notified by central DU first, if any change is made to Winter Quarter plans.
DU has specified the following required Return to Campus Protocols for both Winter and Spring Quarters:
- A minimum of 10 days quarantine is required before attending in-person classes, so we will anticipate that the first two weeks of classes will be fully online to allow for this quarantine time. To start in person classes on January 4 would require us to ask students, faculty and staff to quarantine starting on December 25, 2020. We do not believe this is a realistic request to make of our community.
- Therefore, any on-campus classes will resume in-person teaching on January 19, 2021, as long as the DU alert level is below red (the highest alert level).
- Everyone will be required to have a negative nasal swab PCR test for the virus that causes COVID-19 during the 10 days of quarantine to have campus access. DU will be offering these tests for free, starting January 4, 2021. You will also have the option of uploading a nasal swab PCR test to the HCC website if you obtain a test off campus.
- Everyone will also be required to have proof of a 2020-2021 influenza vaccination on file by December 15, 2020.
- For those who have not completed the training already, you will be required to pass the “Pathway Back to Campus” Canvas course on public health guidance and protocols by January 3, 2021. The course may take several hours to complete. Please disregard the reference to the September 10 due date, which alludes to the previous Fall Quarter 2020 deadline.
- You will be able to track your Return to Campus Status in Pioneer Web on the “Home” page, under the “COVID Information” in the upper right corner of the website.
Class Protocols & Registration
We are committed to offering you a high-quality MSW education with the great variety in courses, concentrations, and certificates available only through the Denver Campus MSW Program. Following public health guidance, select on-campus options are available for you in January if you wish to enroll in them. However, you can select to take all courses in an online format, and all paths toward concentration and certificate requirements are available in an online format for 2021 winter and spring quarters. We are also prepared to move all classes to an emergency online format, if required by university and/or public health guidance at any time.
Here’s additional information about in-person versus online course availability:
- All classes will be prepared for an online, flipped format in which 90 minutes of content is provided asynchronously and 90 minutes of activities may occur in a live session (either on-campus or on Zoom).
- On-campus sections will only run if state, local, and university public health guidelines permit it - which is currently allowed at 50% capacity within a classroom.
- 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).
Registration for the winter quarter began on November 11, 2020 and is ongoing. Please review the GSSW Registration Resources located in the GSSW Denver Campus Registration Toolkit. The DU Online Schedule lists course modalities (and lecture format means on-campus). Before you register, you must check and resolve any holds on your account. You are unable to register until all holds are resolved. Please follow the instructions below for your program.
January 2021 Advanced-Standing MSW Program
You must register for the three required Advanced-Standing courses (listed below).
- SOWK 4299: Advanced Standing Seminar
- Section 1: Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, on-campus
- Section 2: Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, online
- SOWK 4201: Evidence for Practice
- Section 2: Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, online
- SOWK 4132: Power, Privilege, and Oppression
- Section 3: Mondays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, on-campus
- Section 105: Fridays, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, online
- If you are enrolled in the January 2021 Start — Accelerated 3-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan (Block Field), you also need to register for three additional concentration specific or elective courses.
- If you are enrolled in the January 2021 Start — Traditional 4 Quarter AS Curriculum Plan (Block Field), you also need to register for one additional concentration specific or elective course.
- Review concentration curriculum guides on the GSSW Student Resource Portal.
- SOWK 4299: Advanced Standing Seminar
January 2021 Two-Year MSW Program
For the 6-Quarter Foundation Two-Year Curriculum Plan (Block Field), you need to register for the following courses:
- SOWK 4000 Professional Development Seminar
- SOWK 4132 Power, Privilege and Oppression from a Critical Multi-cultural Perspective
- SOWK 4020 Integrated Social Work Practice for Social Justice
- SOWK 4001 Clinical Social Work Skills
- SOWK 4006 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
If you want ALL CLASSES ONLINE; you will register for any of the following sections:
- SOWK 4000, section 1 or 2
- SOWK 4132, section 105
- SOWK 4020, section 105
- SOWK 4006, section 105, 106, 107, 108
If you want SOME CLASSES ON CAMPUS; Only the bolded courses above can be taken on campus for 90-minute sessions (if public health guidance allows) and will be offered in a set of three in the same day—known as a, “section.” You will need to register for all three classes of the same section. You have the option of the following on campus sections:
Section 1 = Thursday morning 8:10 am-1:40 pm
Section 2 = Friday morning 8 am-1:30 pm
- SOWK 4132, section 1 or 2
- SOWK 4020, section 1 or 2
- SOWK 4001, section 1 or 2
You may choose any open section of:
- SOWK 4000 section 1 or 2
- SOWK 4006 section 105, 106, 107, 108
Along with these three on-campus classes, you will enroll in the other classes listed above in online format.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Start your internship search process:
Attend a Field Information Session
Sign up instructions will be emailed after you submit the deposit.
Complete the Internship Search Form
Information about the internship search form will be sent via email after the information session.
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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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.
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.