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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.

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.

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.




Phone: 303-556-3058

Fax: 303-556-6345

Office Hours:


8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admissions and Transfer Counselors are available on a walk-in basis.

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 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.

Students who choose the individuals and families concentration focus their study and practice in one of four areas: 1) children, youth and families, 2) adults, 3) older adults, or 4) child welfare. These students can work as advanced clinical social workers with individuals, families, and groups.

Students who choose the macro practice concentration are prepared for careers that include agency director, grant writer, legislative advocate, elected official, program designer/developer, social entrepreneur, and community leader.

Hear from our students:

“I wanted to complement my job training with fresh, innovative social work approaches. MSU Denver’s program provided a convenient downtown location and reignited my passion for promoting change.”

—AK Kopperud, MSW student

Alumni at Work

Local organizations that have hired graduates from the MSU Denver MSW program include:

  • Denver Vet Center
  • The Gathering Place
  • Community Reach Center
  • Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan
  • The Denver Hospice
  • Colorado Department of Human Services
  • The Empowerment Program

Sample Classes

Our concentration courses are unique to MSU Denver’s MSW program. Some of our more popular offerings include:

  • Crisis Intervention, Trauma and Disaster Response
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Social Justice
  • International Social Work
  • Health and Health Care
  • Family Violence
  • Evidence-based Practice in Mental Health

Program Accreditation

The MSW program at MSU Denver is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the only accrediting organization for social work.

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