MSW Enrollment Guide

2021/2022 Denver Campus 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 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.

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 a GSSW Admission Ambassador. You can email or set up a virtual one-on-one meeting

Quick Links

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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 summer 2021 and fall 2021 classes, submit your $300 deposit within 14 days of receiving your decision letter to hold your spot in the Denver Campus MSW Program.

    For the incoming winter 2022 class, the deposit deadline is December 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 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 reach out to Professor and Associate Dean for Research Jenn Bellamy

CLIMB Stipends

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

Application Deadline: July 1, 2021

Eligibility: advanced standing students and two-year students in their concentration year (year 2 of the program). All curriculum plans are eligible except the
January Start: Advanced-Standing Denver Campus MSW Program 4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan (Block Field).

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Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend

In partnership with the Butler Institute for Families and the Colorado Department of Human Services, we offer 20 child welfare stipends ranging from $12,000 -$14,000 so you can effectively serve families who use public child welfare services. 

Application Deadline: March 4, 2021 (Round 1) and May 5, 2021 (Round 2) 

Eligibility: two-year and advanced-standing MSW students in the Child Welfare concentration. Advanced-standing students must start the MSW program in July with the Traditional 4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan or in September with the 4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan. Two-year MSW students must start the MSW program in September with the Traditional 6-Quarter 2Y Curriculum Plan (Summer Off).

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GWEP Stipend

In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), 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: June 1, 2021

Eligibility: two-year and advanced-standing MSW students in the Health & Wellness or Aging Services and Policy concentrations. Advanced-standing students must start the MSW program in July or September, and two-year MSW students must start the MSW program in September (all curriculum plans qualify).

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Academic Planning

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    Explore your curriculum plan and your first quarter requirements.

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

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    Check out your concentration and certificate requirements!

    Review the student resource portal for more information about your concentration and certificate requirements. 

    • Two-Year Program: For your first 2 quarters, you have a set of required foundation courses that are universal for all MSW programs. You must take these foundation courses prior to taking concentration-specific classes. 

    • Advanced Standing: You start your program in your concentration year and will need to be clear about concentration-specific requirements as you begin course planning.  

    You chose your concentration during the application process. If you'd like to change your concentration, please reach out to at least one month before orientation. 

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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. View your course registration dates.  

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    Attend an  Academic Q&A  Info Session.

    If you have curriculum or planning questions, GSSW faculty & staff will host a Q&A information session every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1-2 p.m MST. Register now.  

    June 16, 2021 

    July 21, 2021 

    Aug. 18, 2021 

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    Attend Orientation.

    Approximately one month before your scheduled start date, you will receive an invitation for the mandatory virtual orientation. Learn more

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    Start your first term!

    You will meet with your faculty advisor during your first quarter to plan out your future terms.  

MSW Curriculum Plans

Two-Year MSW Program: 

Start Date  Curriculum Plans
September 2021

Traditional 6-Quarter 2Y Curriculum Plan (Summer Off)

Extended 7-Quarter 2Y Curriculum Plan (Block Field)

January 2022 6-Quarter 2Y Curriculum Plan (Block Field) 

Advanced-Standing MSW Program:

Start Date  Curriculum Plans
July 2021 Traditional 4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan
September 2021

4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan

4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan (Block Field)

January 2022 4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan (Block Field)

Class Protocols & Registration

Online vs On-Campus Course Expectations

COVID-19 On-Campus Protocols

Refer to the DU coronavirus website for more information about:

To access the University of Denver campus, you will need your DU ID card. Head to the Denver Campus Program tab (top left corner of the page) on the Admitted Student Portal and follow the directions to receive your DU ID card before accessing campus.

On-Campus vs Online Course Formats

We recently updated our course formats for fall 2021 based on student feedback.

Summer 2021

75% of classes will be available on-campus and about 25% of classes will be offered online, in a flipped format— 60-90 minutes of content is asynchronous, and 90-120 minutes of activities will occur in a live session (either on-campus or online via Zoom).

Fall 2021

We anticipate 75% of classes will be available on-campus and about 25% of classes will be offered online. Length of live sessions will vary based on course:

  • 90-minute live session (on-campus or online)/90 minutes of asynchronous work
  • 2-hour live session (on-campus or online)/1 hour of asynchronous work
  • 3-hour live session (on-campus or online)

You will indicate your preference for online or on-campus modalities of specific courses by updating your DU registration and waitlist requests. Courses are ready to accommodate temporary virtual learning if you are required to self-isolate throughout the quarter. Some class times may be updated to longer lengths before August 1, depending on faculty design of the courses and public health guidance for capacity within in-person courses. The class should remain at the same general time and day, if changes are made. 

Registration Dates

Please review the GSSW Registration Resources located in the GSSW Denver Campus Registration Toolkit. Before you register, you must check and resolve any holds on your account. You are unable to register until all holds are resolved. Registration dates vary depending on your start date. NOTE: Registration dates are subject to change

Start Date Registration Begins
July 2021 April 7
September 2021 July 26
January 2022 TBD

Course Planning

Course planning information for fall 2021 and winter 2022 is forthcoming. If you are an incoming summer 2021 Advanced-Standing student, follow the course planning tips listed below. 

  • Summer 2021 Advanced Standing Course Planning

    1. The summer curriculum is intensive. It consists of the following course formats:

    • A 6-week intensive course plan (most classes meet twice weekly for 2 hours of live session with 1 hour of asynchronous work (i.e. work is done on your own time). Classes run from Monday, July 12, 2021, to Friday, August 20, 2021
    • Weekend intensives (two consecutive Fridays/Saturdays, some start in the evenings, others run all day; please check the schedule for specific weekend dates).

    We recommend students only register for 12 credits (4 classes).

    2. Advanced Standing students are required to take the following in the summer quarter:

    • SOWK 4299 Advanced Standing Seminar (3 credits)
    • SOWK 4132 Power Privilege and Oppression (3 credits)
    • SOWK 4201 Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
    • Elective/Concentration Course (3 credits)

    For the fourth course, students are encouraged to choose a course that will count either as an elective or will meet a specific concentration requirement. To find detailed information on concentrations, certificates, and/or stipend options, please use the GSSW Denver Campus Student Resource Portal Course Planning Tools.

    3. If you haven’t already, we strongly encourage you to register and attend one of the Academic Q & A sessions. These sessions are held every third Wednesday, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (MST).

    4. To review course options for summer 2021, please visit the GSSW Denver Campus Registration Toolkit and explore the summer 2021 spreadsheet. Please note, that the most up-to-date online class schedule will be posted on the DU Office of the Registrar Courses and Schedules page.

Field Education

With field internships, you can begin practicing your social work skills right away. With more than 700+ 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 with any questions. 

Please review the internship search process below. NOTE: if you chose a curriculum plan with a block field placement, you will start your internship search process in fall 2021. 

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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

Karina Benabe

Karina Benabe

Field Education Coordinator

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Jessica Zaslav

Jessica Zaslav

Assistant Professor of the Practice, Field Faculty

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Channing Spears

Channing Spears

Field Education Coordinator

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Erin Clark

Erin Clark

Field Education Coordinator

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Denise Breinig-Glunz

Denise Breinig-Glunz

Clinical Assistant Professor, Field Faculty/ PROGRESS Coordinator

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Deb Blumenthal

Deborah Blumenthal

Clinical Field Manager; Adjunct Faculty

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Housing & Transportation

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    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, on-campus graduate housing options have shifted. More information is forthcoming—please visit the DU Housing website for more information. 

    For off-campus housing, please visit the University of Denver's Off-Campus Housing Service. Login using your DU credentials to see current listings and access the Roommate Finder. 

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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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New Student Orientation & Academic Calendars

Required for all incoming advanced-standing and two-year students, orientation will introduce community resources, expectations and opportunities as you begin your journey at GSSW. Orientation registration information is forthcoming, but orientation dates are listed below. Orientation dates are subject to change

Summer 2021 orientation will be 100% virtual.

Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 orientation will also be primarily virtual, however, depending on public health guidelines—we may plan a couple of on-campus orientation activities. More information is forthcoming.

Start Date 


July 2021 July 7, 8 & 9, 2021
September 2021

Sep. 9 & 10, 2021

January 2022 Dec. 16 & 17, 2021
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

Professional Advisor

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Krislyn O'Sullivan

Krislyn O'Sullivan

Manager of Professional Advising

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Nadie Dubose

Nadie Dubose

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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New DU Community Commons

"A lot of people come to DU because of the proximity to the mountains and the proximity to Denver and here we are just looking at all of it. It's pretty cool."

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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.