MSW Enrollment Guide

2024 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'll 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 schedule a virtual one-on-one meeting

Quick Links

Looking for a way to connect, ask questions and build relationships with future classmates?

Join the Admitted Student Facebook Group

Upcoming Events

Destination DU: Navigating your GSSW Opportunities

Throughout March and April, we will host a new, admitted student event series — Destination DU: Navigating your GSSW Opportunities. Each session will cover different topics to help you prepare for your Master of Social Work journey. We encourage you to register for any session in the series that speaks to your personal interests and career goals.

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 and fall 2024 classes, submit your $300 deposit by April 15, 2024, 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.

    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 Associate Professor Ramona Beltran

CLIMB Stipend

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

Priority Application Deadline: Late June 2024

Eligibility: Denver Campus MSW Program and Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program students in their concentration year (year 2 of the program)

Learn More & Apply

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: Application is rolling, due on the 15th of every month January – May, 2024

Eligibility: Denver Campus MSW Program and Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program students with an interest in pursuing work in the child welfare system after graduation 

Learn More & Apply

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, 2024

Eligibility: Denver Campus MSW Program and Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program students in the Health & Wellness or Aging Services & Policy pathways

Learn More & Apply

Mutual Aid Fellowship

For students heading into their concentration year, interested in community mutual aid, we offer six $5,000 fellowships. Students participate in a weekly field seminar plus field placements at local agencies.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

Eligibility: Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program students

Learn More & Apply

MSW Curriculum Plans & Academic Planning

Denver Campus MSW students pursue their degree within the Advanced Social Work Practice concentration. You can select from a wide variety of courses to create a specialization that suits your personal interests and career goals. In 2023, we introduced flexible specialization “pathways” for our Denver Campus MSW program. Learn more about this curriculum update


Denver Campus Summer 2024 MSW Degree Planning Packet


Denver Campus MSW Program

Start Date Full-Time Curriculum Plan Part-Time Curriculum Plan
Fall 2024 6-Quarter Curriculum Plan (Summer Off) 14-Quarter Curriculum Plan

Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program

Start Date  Full-Time Curriculum Plans Part-Time Curriculum Plans
Summer 2024 4-Quarter Curriculum Plan N/A
Fall 2024

4-Quarter Curriculum Plan

10-Quarter Curriculum Plan


Register for an Academic Q&A information session.

For any questions about the registration process, course options, and your academic path prior to your arrival at orientation, you can register for an Academic Q&A Info Session. 


More information about course planning and registration is forthcoming. We will send you an email with instructions as registration approaches.


Start Date Registration Begins
Summer 2024 March 1, 2024
Fall 2024 July 2024

Registration Preparation

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    Check Your Student Profile for Registration Holds

    • Log into MyDU with your DU ID number (87#) and password
    • Select “My Student Profile” under the Academic Profile widget
    • Select the correct registration quarter from the "Term" drop-down menu above your profile photo
    • Click "Holds" on the top right
    • Direct questions or concerns to the department that placed the hold
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    Confirm Your Registration Day and Time

    • Log into MyDU with your DU ID (87#) and password
    • Select “My Student Profile” under the Academic Profile widget
    • Select the correct registration quarter from the "Term" drop-down menu above your profile photo
    • Click “Registration Notices” at top right of screen and review your registration day and time under "Time Tickets"
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    Plan Your Classes and Connect with an Advisor

    • Email if you have questions about what classes to take
    • View the online schedule of classes and field registration instructions for your program


Human-Animal–Environment Interactions in Social Work Certificate

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Prepare to recognize the importance and impact of human–animal–environment interactions in culturally responsive and ethically advanced professional social work practice settings. 

  • Contact program coordinator Nina Ekholm Fry if you have questions about the certificate.
  • This certificate does not require an application.

School Social Work Certificate

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Prepare to work in Colorado schools, from preschool through high school.

  • Contact program coordinator Julie Ann Laser-Maira if you have questions about the certificate.
  • Declare interest in participating in the certificate by emailing certificate coordinator Julie Ann Laser-Maira. The application is due May 1, 2024, for the Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program and Aug. 1, 2024, for the Denver Campus MSW Program.

Latinx Social Work Certificate

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Prepare for a bilingual career serving individuals and families of Latin American origin.

  • Contact interim program coordinator Deb Ortega if you have questions about the certificate.
  • Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program students can apply for the certificate after orientation, and Denver Campus MSW Program students can apply in the winter quarter following their enrollment term.

Global Social Work Certificate

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Prepare to work cross-culturally, either at home or abroad.

  • Contact program coordinator Ann Petrila if you have questions about the certificate.
  • Declare interest in participating in the certificate by emailing certificate coordinator Ann Petrila.

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 with any questions. 

Please review the internship search process below.

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    Attend a Mandatory 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

Learn More

Erin Clark

Erin Elizabeth Clark

Adjunct Faculty

Learn More

Deb Blumenthal

Deborah Ann Blumenthal

Assistant Professor of the Practice, Field Faculty

Learn More

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Housing & Transportation

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    The on-campus graduate housing application for fall 2024 quarter is available now, and the application for summer 2024 will open in spring. 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; log in using your DU credentials to see current listings and access the Roommate Finder.  

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    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 Denver Campus MSW students, orientation will introduce community resources, expectations and opportunities as you begin your journey at GSSW. (Note: The date of the first day of classes may differ from DU's academic calendar.) All dates are subject to change. 

Start Date  Orientation First Day of  Classes
Summer 2024 Wednesday, July 10, to Friday, July 12, 2024 Monday, July 15, 2024
Fall 2024 Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2024, to Friday, Sept. 6, 2024 Monday, Sept. 9, 2024

Academic Calendars

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.

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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    My DU

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

    My DU

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


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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 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. 

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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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