The Application Cycle for Fall 2018 Admissions is now closed.
We will not be accepting late applications. The application cycle for fall 2019 will open in fall 2018.
The MSW Program @ MSU Denver is fall-start only
Important Dates and Deadlines
The application for the Fall 2018 Admissions Cycle opened on August 21st, 2017.
The application deadline for the Fall 2018 Admissions Cycle was January 23rd, 2018 at 11:59 PM.
Please note: Application processing takes 10-12 weeks after the deadline to complete
Advanced Standing Program Eligibility
Advanced Standing eligibility is only considered for applicants who:
- Hold a degree from a baccalaureate social work program accredited by CSWE (obtained between September 2012 and present), hold a degree recognized through CSWE's International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service*, or hold a degree from a program that is covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors*
- Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Have completed all Advanced Standing Program Admissions forms and requirements as indicated under the Admissions section
*Applicants who received degrees from outside the United States should contact the department to determine eligibility
Additional Eligibility Requirements for International Applicants
- International students must have achieved a minimum TOEFL score of 540 (or a score of 76 on the Internet version of the TOEFEL)
Please check out our FAQ for more eligibility information about the Advanced Standing Program
Required Application Materials
- MSU Denver Graduate Program Application
- $50 Application Fee
- Official Transcripts from all schools attended
- Professional History form (a professional resume is optional(
- Admissions Essay (prompts will be provided)
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- Case Study (case and prompt will be provide)
- Petition for Advanced Standing (if BSW is older than six years)
The MSW Admissions Committee, which is comprised of faculty members, will review complete applications only. Applicants who submit incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee and will be denied from the program. After the MSW Admissions Committee receives and reviews the application the applicants will be notified in writing of their status. Applicants may be: accepted, accepted with conditions, waitlisted, or denied admission. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may require an interview with the applicant before an acceptance decision can be made. Students should check the MSW Program website for admission timelines.
Students who are accepted into the program typically have no additional obligations to fulfill and will receive an acceptance packet (electronic) from the Social Work Department including: a welcome letter, information about the field placement process and an advising snapshot of the academic program they have been accepted into. The advising snapshot serves as a contract between the student and the department and cannot be altered without the approval of an advisor. Students will be required to confirm their acceptance into the specified program, concentration and track.
Accepted with Conditions:
Students who are accepted with conditions into the program typically have additional obligations to fulfill. This could include, but is not limited to: course completion, low GPA, or other items that are not in compliance with program eligibility standards. A student who is admitted with conditions must complete specified criteria within the first six credit hours of enrollment or, in the case of course completion, before the applicant starts the MSW Program. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may decide that an applicant is only eligible to take certain coursework during the first year of study under specific guidelines. These criteria, including timeline, will be outlined in the acceptance packet (electronic). Students who do not fulfill the obligations of conditional acceptance will be dismissed from the MSW Program.
Students will receive an acceptance packet from the Social Work Department including: a welcome letter, specific information about the conditions that must be met, information about the field placement process and an advising snapshot of the academic program they have been accepted into . The advising snapshot serves as a contract between the student and the department and cannot be altered without the approval of an advisor. Students will be required to confirm their acceptance into the specified program, concentration and track.
Students may be offered waitlist status.
The Admissions Committee reserves the right to deny acceptance of any applicant. Applicants who submit incomplete applications, including transcripts and additional admissions materials will not be reviewed by the admissions committee and will be denied from the program.