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The 2019 Admissions Cycle is now open!

The Advanced Standing Program is summer-start only
The Regular Program is fall-start only

For a step by step walkthrough of the MSW application process, please click here.

If you are planning on applying to the MSW Program for the fall 2019 start, we recommend you sign up for our prospective student list. The Office of Social Work Student Services will send you information via email about our program, application cycle, and important dates and deadlines.

Important Dates and Deadlines

The application for the 2019 Admissions Cycle opened on September 4th, 2018.

The application deadline for the 2019 Admissions Cycle is January 15th, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

To be considered for priority admission, applicants must submit all application materials by October 31st, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

Please note: Application processing takes 10-12 weeks after the deadline to complete.

Applicants who submit all their materials by the priority consideration deadline of October 31st will have their applications reviewed in advance by the MSW Admissions Committee. Those ranked in the very top of the pool of applicants will be granted early admission to the program, granting them a head start on:

  • Preparing to start the program
  • Securing a field placement
  • Registering for classes

All other applicants who submit their application by the priority consideration deadline will have their application rolled forward and will receive their admission notification in spring 2019, 10-12 weeks after the application deadline.

Although only a select few will receive priority admission, we encourage you to give it a try, submit your materials early, then sit back and relax.

Advising and MSW Program Resources

Our office offers appointments in person, via phone, and via video chat to speak with one of our advisors and learn more about the program and application process. To schedule an advising appointment, please call our Welcome Desk at 303-615-0555.

Want to learn more about our program? Check out our MSW Program website and FAQ as a starting point

Have specific questions about the MSW Program or the admissions process? Email the Office of Social Work Student Services at

The Office of Social Work Student Services is here to help you along the journey.

Admissions Standards:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Advanced Standing ONLY - must hold a degree from a baccalaureate social work program accredited by CSWE (obtained between September 2013 and present)
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may still apply for conditional acceptance consideration)
  • Regular Program ONLY - Completion of Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses prior to the start of MSW coursework
    • At least 12 units of course work in social and behavioral sciences (sociology, psychology, economics, political science, cultural anthropology,etc.)
      • One course must be centrally organized around American Government (not history)
      • One course must be centrally organized around contemporary multicultural or diversity issues
    • At least 3 units of course work in written or oral communication
    • At least 3 units of course work in arts and humanities (literature, art, music, history, philosophy, etc.)
    • At least 3 units of course work in human biology OR
      At least 6 units of course work in natural and physical science (chemistry, physics, geology, etc.)
    • At least 3 units of course work in basic statistics (not research methods)
  • Submission of all required application materials

Application Materials:

  • Online MSU Denver Graduate Application (including $50 application fee)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted electronically)
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • MSW Program Application Materials (submitted via Taskstream)
    • Professional History Form
    • Admissions Essay
    • Electronic Signature
    • Advanced Standing ONLY:
      • Case Study
      • Petition for Advanced Standing

More information and details about applying to the MSW Program will be available when the application opens on September 4th, 2018.

If you are applying for the Regular Program and would like an evaluation of your transcripts done for prerequisites, you can send the send the Office of Social Work Student Services your official transcripts for review. We will retain these transcripts for your application.

After submitting your transcripts, please email requesting a transcript evaluation for the MSW Program prerequisites. Make sure to include your full name and any former names in your email. We will email you back once your evaluation is complete. The prerequisite evaluation process may take 4-6 weeks from when we receive your official transcripts.

If you attended a college or university outside of the United States, you must have your transcripts evaluated by either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). We cannot accept un-evaluated transcripts for review or for admission to the MSW Program. Once your transcripts have been evaluated, you will have the official evaluation submitted directly from ECE or WES to the Office of Social Work Student Services. We do require that you submit a course-by-course evaluation.

If you obtained an undergraduate degree from MSU Denver, please email with your full legal name and 900# (Student ID Number) and we can pull your official transcripts for you.

If you have previously submitted official transcripts to MSU Denver, please email with your full legal name, any former names, 900# (if known), and date of birth, and we will pull your transcripts from our internal system.

Please note: The Office of Social Work Student Services can only perform prerequisite reviews using official transcripts; we cannot perform a prerequisite review using unofficial transcripts.

There are two ways to submit transcripts to our office:

  1. Have your official transcripts submitted electronically to (preferred method) or
  2. Have your official transcripts mailed to:
    Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Department of Social Work
    Attn: Office of Social Work Student Services
    PO Box 173362, Campus Box 70
    Denver, CO 80217-3362

All transcripts should be submitted by choosing one of the options above. Please do not submit any materials to the MSU Denver Office of Admissions. Failure to submit using one of the options above will result in a delay in reviewing your transcripts for prerequisites.

Readmission After Deferring Acceptance

Applicants who are accepted or accepted conditionally into the MSW Program may defer their start semester up to one academic year from the term that acceptance was originally offered. The full departmental application is not required, however students must submit the Readmission After Deferring Acceptance form.

Applicants who defer their start semester will be held to the policies and curriculum of the later term in which they officially start the MSW Program. The deferral process is only valid for one academic year from the original acceptance semester.

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Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Social Work
PO Box 173362 CB 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362