MSW Enrollment Guide

2021/2022 Western Colorado MSW Program

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're 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. 

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. We look forward to sharing this journey with you. 


Please read through this page in its entirety, as it will answer many of the questions you have as a new student. If you have additional questions, your primary point of contact is Rachel Forbes ( and Erin Leazer ( 

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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

    If you're starting in summer 2021 or fall 2021, submit your $300 deposit within 14 days of receiving your decision letter to hold your spot in the Western Colorado MSW Program.

    If you're starting winter 2022, the deposit deadline is Dec. 1, 2021.

    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 where you can pay 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 the FAFSA, Federal loans or the GradPLUS loan, please email

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

Stipends & Research Assistantships

If you are interested in pursuing a research assistantship, view our active research project page to identify a project that fits your interest. From there, reach out to the affiliated faculty member directly for position availability. For general questions about research assistantships, please contact Professor and Associate Dean for Research Jenn Bellamy

CLIMB Stipends

The Collaborative Learning and Innovative Educational Models of Behavioral Health Program (CLIMB) provides 50 MSW students in their concentration year a $10,000 stipend and specialized behavioral health training. 

Application Deadline: July 1, 2021

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GWEP Stipend

In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration, we offer four $10,000 Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) stipends to students who are passionate about a career working with older adults who may have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2021

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Academic Planning

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    Explore your curriculum plan and your first quarter requirements.

    You chose your curriculum plan during the application process. Check out your application status page if you forgot! If you need to change your curriculum plan, email   

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    Prepare for registration.

    Find registration FAQs on the Registration Toolkit page. Your curriculum plan outlines the courses you will take in your first term. Registration begins July 26, 2021. More information about registration is forthcoming.  

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    Attend orientation. 

    Approximately one month before your scheduled start date, you will receive an invitation for the mandatory in-person orientation. Orientation is Sept. 17, 2021 from 1—5 p.m. MST.  

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    Start your first term!

    Classes start Sept. 18, 2021 and run until Nov. 20. You'll meet with Western Colorado faculty and staff during your first quarter to plan out your future academic terms.   

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    COVID Protocols

    COVID protocols for the Western Colorado MSW Program will be determined on Aug. 1, 2021. Because we are co-located at the Colorado Mountain College, protocols are informed by Colorado Mountain College COVID-19 building protocols. 

Access to Campus

As soon as possible (at minimum, one week before your expected first day on campus), upload your proof of vaccination card to MyHealth, found on the Health and Counseling Center website. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your final dose. Please plan accordingly.  Receive a negative COVID-19 test result within one week before your first day on campus. Uploaded records of negative nasal swab PCR tests from outside providers will be accepted. Find the nearest testing site in Garfield County or visit the closest testing site to the Glenwood campus. Continue to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms; if you have symptoms, promptly test. Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is requiring ALL individuals to wear masks; because we are using their facilities, all DU students, faculty, and staff will wear masks while on campus. 

Not Fully Vaccinated or Unvaccinated Individuals

Indicate the date you intend to be on campus through the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal on PioneerWeb. 

Please plan to be vaccinated and upload your vaccine record before your planned start date. Until full vaccination (two weeks following your final dose), please follow all requirements for not fully vaccinated individuals. If you would like to request a COVID-19 vaccine exemption, as soon as possible (at minimum, one week before your expected first day on campus), upload your vaccination exemption request to MyHealth, found on the Health and Counseling Center website

Within 7 days before your expected first day, receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test result. Uploaded records of negative nasal swab PCR tests from outside providers will be accepted. 

Quarantine for seven days, logging daily on the quarantine log on PioneerWeb. 

You are required to continue to wear a mask on campus and are suggested to maintain social distancing wherever feasible. 

Not required for summer or fall entry 2021

The Pathway Back to Campus Canvas course 

Flu vaccination for summer or fall entry; when new flu vaccines become available, we anticipate a flu vaccine requirement. 

Electronic contract tracing or symptom monitoring via the Everbridge application 

Field Education

With field internships, you can begin practicing your social work skills right away. With more than 50 GSSW field agencies available in Western Colorado—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.  

When you submit your deposit, Erin Leazer will reach out to start your internship search process.  


Parking on Campus

We are co-located at the Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center Campus, where free on-site parking is available.

RFTA is the public transportation serving the Roaring Fork community including access to the Colorado Mountain Campus locations.

Catalyst Series for Social Justice event

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.

Meet our Student and Career Services Team

Maggie Heyduk

Maggie Heyduk

Manager of Professional Advising

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Krislyn O'Sullivan

Krislyn O'Sullivan

Senior Professional Advisor

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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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Professor Anamika Barman Adhikari


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!

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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 Western Colorado

Art & Activism

Arts & Culture

Campus is surrounded by art and culture in the various mountain towns in the Roaring Fork Valley. Visit the world-class arts and music venues in Aspen or the Carbondale Arts community art center. Join the Glenwood Springs Art Council for some art education and celebration.

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The Carbondale food scene has a variety of flavors and experiences to enjoy, including locally sourced and sustainable food and drink options. Some of our local favorites are Marble Distilling CompanySilo and Batch Provisions. Carbondale has an array of dining experiences, public gardens and farms that students, faculty and staff can enjoy, places including The Pioneer Garden Sustainable Settings and Smiling Goat Ranch.

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Sports & Recreation

You don't have to travel far for adventure. Check out the local ski resorts around the Roaring Fork Valley, including Vail, Aspen and Sunlight Mountain. There are a number of activities, parks and trails that can be found at the Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation. Don't miss out on the Crown Mountain bike district and Glenwood Hot Springs