Summer 2023 MSW Enrollment Guide

Summer 2023 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 schedule 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 DU's Public Health website.

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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 2023 classes, submit your $300 deposit within 10 days of receiving your decision letter to hold your spot in the Denver Campus Advanced-Standing 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 50 MSW students in their concentration year a $10,000 stipend and specialized training. 

Priority Application Deadline: late June 2023

Eligibility: Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program 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: Application is rolling, due on the 15th of every month January – May, 2023.

Eligibility: Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program students with an interest in pursuing work in the Child Welfare system after graduation. 

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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: October 1, 2023

Eligibility: Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program 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: June 30, 2023

Eligibility: Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program 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   

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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. 

    • 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 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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    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. Academic Q&A slide deck


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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

Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program

Start Date  Curriculum Plans
Summer 2023 4-Quarter Curriculum Plan



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.

Start Date Registration Begins
Summer 2023 Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Course Planning

For incoming summer 2023 Advanced-Standing MSW student, follow the course planning tips listed below.

1. You must register for classes according to your 4-Quarter Advanced-Standing Curriculum Plan. The summer curriculum is intensive. It consists of the following course formats:

  • Classes run from Wednesday, July 12, 2023, to Friday, August 18, 2023.
    A 5-week intensive course plan most classes meet twice weekly for 3 hours of live sessions with at least 1 hour of asynchronous work (i.e. work is done on your own time). Create time on your calendar to study in between the sessions and reserve a portion of the weekend for larger papers and projects.
  • Weekend intensives (two Fridays/Saturdays, please check the schedule for specific weekend dates).

2. Prior cohorts of Advanced Standing students have encouraged us to recommend students only register for 9 credits (3 classes). 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)
  • You may decide to add an additional Elective/Concentration Course (3 credits)—some students like to push through 4 classes so that during another quarter there is some relief. This is an individual choice, and please note the recommendation is for 3 classes only.

To find detailed information on concentrations, certificates, and/or stipend options, please use the GSSW Denver Campus Student Resource Portal Course Planning Tools.

3. 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 You will not register for field during the summer quarter. Once you secure your internship you will receive instructions from the Field Team about how to register for field in the fall quarter.

4. 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.


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.
  • 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.
  • The application is due August 1, 2023, for Denver Campus Advanced-Standing 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.

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. 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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    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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    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, 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
Summer 2023 July 5–7, 2023 Wednesday, July 12, 2023

All dates are subject to change. 

Summer Advanced Standing Orientation Resources

Orientation is required for all incoming Advanced Standing students and is designed to familiarize incoming students with community resources, expectations, and opportunities as you begin your journey with us.

Summer Orientation will be a combination of virtual and in-person sessions to increase accessibility and to support various learning styles. We want to keep you as informed as possible regarding New Student Orientation, so we have updated the GSSW Admitted Student Resource Portal with helpful information.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at 

  • Summer Support: While faculty advisors will not be assigned until after orientation, you may reach out to GSSW Clinical Assistant Professor Amity Good for academic assistance. Please note responses will be delayed between June 8-15, 2023 when GSSW commencement and graduation celebrations are ongoing.

Asynchronous Materials: The asynchronous pre-orientation work lives on DU’s Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas. You can access the asynchronous work by logging into Canvas with your DU credentials at 

You will need your DU ID number and password to register and access DU systems. 

  • Your DU ID is 87####### 
  • If you haven’t logged in to MyDU, your birthdate, MMDDYY, is your preset password 
  • If you have any access issues, you may contact DU IT or 

Orientation Location:

Orientation activities will take place on Zoom with the exception of the resource fair and lunch on Friday, July 7 which are in person. Please see the orientation schedule above for the designated Zoom links for each orientation activity. Create your DU Zoom account using your DU email address and Pioneer Web password. If you have questions about your DU email address, please visit the DU IT Student Resources page. Log out of personal email and zoom accounts before logging into DU email and DU Zoom account. 

Access to Campus - DU ID

You will need campus access to attend the in-person portions of orientation. Please be sure to request your DU ID card 2-4 weeks prior to orientation to ensure it is mailed to you early enough. In order to obtain a DU ID card (which is required to access campus buildings, including classes), you must submit an online photo. If done 2 weeks prior to returning to campus, you may elect to have your DU ID card mailed to a preferred address by emailing Please include your full name, mailing address, DU ID number, date of birth in the email request. Otherwise, you can collect your card from the DU ID Card office at the beginning of your first quarter, once you are cleared to be on campus. 

Access to Campus - Public Health Info 

Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals must follow separate requirements to access campus

All full- and part-time students who intend to participate in on campus activities, including in person learning must receive a COVID vaccine and upload vaccination documentation by July 1, 2023.

Summer Orientation Checklist

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 Denver Campus Staff You Will Work With

Courtney Weinstein

Courtney Weinstein

Assistant Program Director, Denver Campus

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Deana Ahmad

Deana Ahmad

Assistant Dean for Students

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Kathryn Ross

Kate Ross

Professor of the Practice of Social Work; Assistant Dean for Field Educa

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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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"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.

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