MSU Denver's Master of Social Work (MSW) Program educates social workers to serve the needs of individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations in a multicultural and global society. MSU Denver's MSW Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the sole accrediting body for social work.
Our program combines academic, research and field experience into a rigorous curriculum that teaches ethical decision making, scientific inquiry, cultural sensitivity, and global awareness as well as clinical assessment and intervention skills, leadership and management skills, and community organizing.
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
At MSU Denver, students get a high level of instruction at an affordable price. Our MSW program offers:
- Small class sizes, which means you get more direct contact with your faculty and advisors.
- Classroom and field experiences that prepare you for an intense professional environment.
- A diverse faculty with broad expertise who are dedicated to your success in the program.
- Hands-on advising focused on helping you reach your educational and professional goals.
- The convenience of online, hybrid or on-campus day, night and weekend course offerings.
- The most affordable MSW program in Colorado and among the most affordable in the nation.
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
With starting wages ranging from $35,000 - $60,000, it's a good time to go into social work. Not only is social work one of the most personally fulfilling professions, it's also a career field primed for growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010-2020.
Mission Statement and Goals
The primary mission of the MSW program is to educate a diverse group of professional social workers to function as advanced clinical practitioners, community leaders, and administrators in a multicultural and global society. The program’s faculty, students, and graduates are committed to helping those in need by recognizing the profession’s core values; applying knowledge gained through scientific inquiry; promoting human rights, as well as social and economic justice; and providing leadership in social, economic and political contexts for the betterment of humanity.
The program will:
- Prepare students to conduct themselves as professional social workers who strive for continual professional development, who exercise core values and ethical decision making, and who practice personal reflection and self-correction.
- Prepare students for evidence-based, culturally sensitive, advanced, clinical, social work practice with vulnerable, diverse client systems and circumstances, using scientific inquiry, research-informed practice, and practice-informed research.
- Prepare students to be advanced, macro-level social workers who are competent, effective, and innovative program designers and developers; political, community and agency leaders; and advocates and researchers in service delivery systems that address the needs of vulnerable and diverse client systems and circumstances, using scientific inquiry, research-informed practice, and practice-informed research.
- Prepare students, as citizens of the world, to be effective change agents and leaders by recognizing the dynamic nature of social problems, policies, agency responses and opportunities for social change in the diverse context of an evolving ecological system.
Master of Social Work Program Options
- Regular Program - A 60 credit hour program for applicants who have an accredited bachelor's degree.
- Advanced Standing Program - A 30 credit hour program for applicants who have a Bachelor of Social Work degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
- Concentrations - Students may choose between the individuals and families concentration or the macro practice (leadership and management) concentration.
Degree Completion Options
Students may complete the MSW Program full-time or part-time. Full-time students will take a total of 15 credits per semester. Part-time students will take between 6 and 9 credits per semester. Students must be accepted into the part-time or full-time option at admissions. Any changes to this status must be initiated through the Change of Status form and approved by the Office of Social Work Student Services.
Beginning Fall 2016, students who reside in Colorado may complete the MSW degree fully online or in the mixed delivery program, which consists of a variety of options including on campus, hybrid and online. Fully online students may be required to participate in extracurricular online seminars. Students must be accepted into the fully online or mixed delivery program at admissions Any changes to this status must be initiated through the Change of Status form and approved by the Office of Social Work Student Services.
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