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Social work is an exciting academic major, preparing students for professional entry-level work in the social and human services. Students in the major explore ways to ameliorate personal, interpersonal and societal problems and learn skills and techniques to create change and make a difference in people’s lives.

Program Options

The Bachelor of Science in social work (BSW) program at MSU Denver does not require a minor.

Majors have freedom to choose from current and innovative social work electives to fulfill degree requirements.

Part-time and full-time schedules are available.




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Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

At MSU Denver, students get a high level of instruction at an affordable price. Our BSW program offers:

  • Small class sizes, which means you get more direct contact with your faculty and advisors.
  • One-on-one field-placement advising that fosters an exceptional field experience for you.
  • Classroom and field experiences that prepare you for an intense professional environment.
  • A diverse faculty who have broad expertise and 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 BSW program in Colorado and among the most affordable in the nation.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

With starting salaries ranging from $35,000 to $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.

Bachelor-prepared social workers are employed in a variety of settings, including schools, prisons, nonprofit and for-profit private agencies and governmental agencies. They work with individuals, families, groups and communities as intake staff, resource and referral specialists, case workers, case managers, program coordinators, project directors, community organizers and more.

Hear from our students:

“I wake up every day glad I got my degree in social work; I’m able to provide for my family and feel good about the work I’m doing. Almost all my professors worked in the field, so they offered real-world experience and knowledge that prepared me for work and graduate school. I would highly recommend the BSW at MSU Denver because it’s one of few degrees you can earn and start using immediately.”

— Alisa Ali-Yallah (BS in social work 2009), MSW, LSW hospice social worker

Alumni at Work

A few local organizations that have hired graduates from the MSU Denver BSW program include:

Colorado Department of Human Services

Jewish Family Service

SafeHouse Denver

The Family Tree

Children’s Hospital Colorado

BSW graduates from MSU Denver can go on to our Master of Social Work (MSW) program or can apply for advanced standing at any CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work program, which means they are only required to spend approximately one academic year in graduate school to earn a master’s degree.

Sample Classes

Privilege, Oppression and Power

Generalist Practice IV: Cross-Cultural Issues

Philosophy of Social Work

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II

Social Welfare Policy

Scientific Inquiry for Social Work Practice

Applied Practice Evaluation I and II

Professional Field Experience I and II

Program Accreditation

The BSW degree program has been continuously accredited since 1997 by the Council on Social Work Education, the sole accrediting body for social work programs in the U.S.

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