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Master’s program kicks off with strong demand

Enrollment for social work program shows interest from alumni, professionals

Contact: Tim Carroll, 303-556-5136

Posted: August 25, 2011

(Denver, Colo.) — Metropolitan State College of Denver officially launched its first Master of Social Work program this week and the program is already meeting expectations in terms of enrollment.

“Our new master’s program is meeting the market need, and we’re very happy with the diverse mix of students that have enrolled thus far,” says Virginia Cruz, chair and professor of social work. “Nearly a quarter of our master’s students are recent Metro State graduates and the remaining are professionals from the social services sector.”

The inauguration of this fall 2011 class follows last fall’s debut of master’s programs in teaching and professional accountancy. Together, the three represent the first master’s programs in the College’s 46-year history.

Cruz says the department set a goal to enroll 120 students into the program. Currently, there are 72 full-time and 46 part-time students enrolled for fall 2011.

Because of the intense rigor needed to complete the program, students are discouraged from maintaining a full-time work schedule while pursuing their master’s. To maintain full-time status in the program, which is necessary to complete the program in two years, students must maintain a class load of 15 credit hours. Students can also enroll part-time by establishing an approved course plan with the department.

Cruz says during the enrollment process the department staff noticed a consistency in how undergraduates and graduates viewed Metro State. “Student feedback continues to illustrate that they choose Metro State because of the numerous programs, degrees and scheduling options, which provide tremendous value.”

While there are a few colleges in the state that offer Master of Social Work programs, Metro State will be the only public College in the seven-county metro area that offers such a program.

In 2001, the department was the first in the country to be accredited by the Council for Social Work Education for its online social work bachelor’s program. The new master’s program offers a mix of online and in-person classes, with the majority of classes taking place in the classroom.

The master’s program offers two primary concentrations: individuals and families, and macro practice. Within the individuals and families concentration, students can choose a health and mental health track focusing on children/youth/families, adult, older adults or child welfare. Within the macro practice concentration, students are prepared for careers as directors, grant writers, program designers and developers, social entrepreneurs and community leaders. They may also seek careers as legislative advocates and elected officials.

The program is accepting applications for fall 2012 classes, which must be submitted by Dec. 15, 2011. To learn more about all three master’s programs, visit


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts more than 70,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.