MSW Enrollment Guide

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.

Questions? 

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 gsswadmission@du.edu or schedule a virtual one-on-one meeting

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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 2022 and fall 2022 classes, submit your $300 deposit within 14 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. 

    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.

    Register for a 15-minute 1:1 personalized financial aid appointment on Monday, April 11, 2022 or Tuesday, April 12, 2022 to answer any questions you have about your GSSW merit scholarship and the allocation of your award.

    If you have questions regarding FAFSA, Federal loans or the GradPLUS loan, please email finaid@du.edu

    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.

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 Stipend

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. 

Priority Application Deadline: July 1, 2022

Eligibility: advanced standing students and two-year students in their concentration year (year 2 of the program). 

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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 31, 2022

Eligibility: two-year and advanced-standing MSW students in the Child Welfare concentration. 

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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: Oct. 1, 2022

Eligibility: two-year and advanced-standing MSW students in the Health & Wellness or Aging Services and Policy concentrations.

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Mutual Aid Fellowship

For students interested in community mutual aid, we offer six $5,000 fellowships. Students participate in a weekly field seminar plus field placements at agencies including Lifespan Local, Angelica Village and Mutual Aid Mondays. 

Application Deadline: Feb. 28, 2022

Eligibility: two-year and advanced-standing Denver Campus MSW students

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Academic Planning

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    Explore your curriculum plan and your first-quarter requirements.

    You selected 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 gsswadmission@du.edu.   

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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'll take 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 MSW 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 gsswadmission@du.edu 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. 

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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 2022 Traditional 6-Quarter 2Y Curriculum Plan (Summer Off)
Winter 2023 Extended 7-Quarter 2Y Curriculum Plan


Advanced-Standing MSW Program

Start Date  Curriculum Plans
July 2022 Traditional 4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan
September 2022

4-Quarter AS Curriculum Plan

 

Registration

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 will be unable to register until all holds are resolved. Registration dates vary depending on your start date. NOTE: Registration dates are subject to changeAdditional registration information is forthcoming. 

Start Date Registration Begins
July 2022 Wednesday, April 27, 2022
September 2022 Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Course Planning

If you are an incoming fall 2022 Advanced-Standing or Two-Year MSW student, follow the course planning tips listed below.

  • Fall 2022 Two-Year Course Planning

    1. Fall classes run over 10 weeks from September 10- November 18, 2022. Your classes will be offered once a week. Most concentration courses will be on Mondays and Tuesdays, with some offered in the late afternoon or early evening on Wednesdays. Concentration field is generally Wed/Thurs/or Fridays.

    2. You must register for classes according to your Traditional 6-Quarter 2Y Curriculum Plan. With this plan, you will complete your two field internships across 6 quarters. You are required to take the following courses in the fall quarter for a total of 14 credits.

    • SOWK 4000      Professional Development Seminar (1 credit)   
    • SOWK 4132      Power, Privilege & Oppression from a Critical Multi-cultural Perspective (3 credits)
    • SOWK 4020      Integrated Social Work Practice for Social Justice (4 credits)
    • SOWK 4001      Clinical Social Work Skills (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. To review course options for fall 2022, please visit the GSSW Denver Campus Registration Toolkit and explore the fall 2022 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.

    4. You will receive field registration instructions directly from the Field Team once you submit your Field Confirmation Form (FCF). Instructions for field registration are located on the GSSW Student Resource Portal Registration Toolkit Denver Campus. The process for securing your field internship can be found on the GSSW Student Resource Portal Field Education page under “Internship Search Documents for Denver Campus Only.” For any questions regarding the field placement process, email field@du.edu.

    5. If you have any questions about the registration process, course options, and your academic path prior to your arrival at orientation, register for an Academic Q&A session. These sessions are held every third Wednesday, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (MST).

  • Fall 2022 Advanced-Standing Course Planning

    1. Fall classes run over 10 weeks from September 10- November 18, 2022. Your classes will be offered once a week. Most concentration courses will be on Mondays and Tuesdays, with some offered in the late afternoon or early evening on Wednesdays. Concentration field is generally Wed/Thurs/or Fridays.

    2. We recommend students only register for 12 credits (4 classes). Advanced Standing students are required to take the following in the fall 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. To review course options for fall 2022, please visit the GSSW Denver Campus Registration Toolkit and explore the fall 2022 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.

    4. You will receive field registration instructions directly from the Field Team once you submit your Field Confirmation Form (FCF). Instructions for field registration are located on the GSSW Student Resource Portal Registration Toolkit Denver Campus. The process for securing your field internship can be found on the GSSW Student Resource Portal Field Education page under “Internship Search Documents for Denver Campus Only.” For any questions regarding the field placement process, email field@du.edu.

    5. If you have any questions about the registration process, course options, and your academic path prior to your arrival at orientation, register for an Academic Q&A session. These sessions are held every third Wednesday, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (MST).

Field Education

With field internships, you can begin practicing your social work skills right away. With more than 700+ GSSW field agencies 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 gsswadmission@du.edu with any questions. 

Please review the internship search process below. NOTE: You will receive information in February 2022 about starting the internship search process. 

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    Attend a Field Information Session

    Sign-up instructions will be emailed after you submit your 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

 
Jessica Zaslav

Jessica Zaslav

Assistant Professor of the Practice, Field Faculty; Associate Director of Field Ed

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Channing Spears

Channing Spears

Field Education Coordinator

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Deb Blumenthal

Deborah Ann Blumenthal

Assistant Professor of the Practice, Field Faculty

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Housing & Transportation

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    Housing

    The on-campus graduate housing application for fall 2022 and winter/spring 2023 quarters is available. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but housing is limited and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    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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    Transportation

    You’ll receive an 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

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. (Note: the first day of classes date may differ from DU's academic calendar)

Start Date  Orientation First Day of  Classes
July 2022 July 6–7, 2022 July 13, 2022
September 2022  September 7–9, 2022 September 12, 2022

All dates are subject to change. 

Fall 2022 orientation is a mix of virtual, live sessions and optional, in-person opportunities. Learn more.

Academic Calendars

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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.

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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Cate Gorham

Cate Gorham

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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Jenna Sergio

Jenna Sergio

Program Manager

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Professor Anamika Barman Adhikari

Faculty

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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    PioneerWeb

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

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    Canvas

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

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    Portfolio

    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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"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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Food

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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