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Application Deadlines and Procedures


The application for the Fall 2018 Admissions Cycle will be available on August 21st, 2017

The application deadline for the Fall 2018 Admissions Cycle is January 23rd at 11:59 PM.

To be considered for priority admission, applicants must submit all application materials by October 31st 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 application reviewed in advance by the MSW Admission 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 2018, 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.

We only admit once a year because of the sequencing of our courses. At this point in our program’s trajectory, we only offer our first semester courses every fall. 

You will be notified via the email address provided in your application materials. Please note that application processing takes 10–12 weeks after the deadline to complete. If you have not heard from us in the agreed upon timeframe, please check your spam folder as sometimes .edu emails get filtered into spam.

Our acceptance rate for Advanced Standing Program applicants is 60% on average and our acceptance rate for Regular Program applicants is 75% on average. 

Unfortunately we do not accept late applications. Please contact us after the admissions deadline if you would like information about applying to the Non-Degree Program.

We do not require the GRE or any other form of standardized assessment as an admissions requirement.

Yes! We look for relevant experience and that weighs in our admission decision. While a lack of experience won’t mean that you won’t be accepted, the more relevant experience, the better!

If you are still working to decide what you’d like to major in, we encourage you to consider a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. The benefit of Advanced Standing is a huge one if you know that ultimately you’d like to pursue your MSW.

If you already have a Bachelor's degree, however, we typically do not recommend pursuing a second Bachelor's degree. For most students it would take them far more time, energy, and money to complete a second Bachelor’s AND a Master’s. If, however, you have concerns about your GPA from your previous Bachelor’s degree, please contact the department and we will discuss your options with you.

Advanced Standing eligibility is only considered for applicants who hold a degree from a baccalaureate social work program accredited by CSWE (within the last six years), 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.

If your undergraduate degree is not in social work, you will need to apply to the Regular Program.

If your undergraduate degree is in social work and was conferred:

  • September 2012 to present - you are eligible for the Advanced Standing Program
  • September 2008 to August 2012 - you are eligible for the Advanced Standing Program, but will also have to submit the Petition for Advanced Standing as part of your application
  • August 2008 or earlier - you are no longer eligible for Advanced Standing and must apply to the Regular Program

Application Materials


The following components of the application are required from all applicants:

  • MSU Denver Graduate Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • MSW Program Application
  • Admissions Essay (prompts will be provided)
  • Professional History Form (a professional resume is optional)

The following component is only required of Advanced Standing applicants:

  • Case Study (prompts will be provided)

We look for academic or professional letters as part of our application process. This means that faculty members or former supervisors of work, volunteer, or internship placements would be most appropriate. If you have questions about the appropriateness of a letter writer, please do not hesitate to contact us at socialwork@msudenver.edu

Please use APA formatting in all formal written works. 

Please send official copies of all of your transcripts directly to the Office of Social Work Student Services.

Electronic transcripts are preferred and can be sent to socialwork@msudenver.edu.

Paper transcripts can be 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

You can confirm receipt of your application by emailing socialwork@msudenver.edu

Prerequisite Courses


The prerequisites are required of all Regular Program applicants. They are:

  • 2 Social and Behavioral Science courses (Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, etc.)
  • 1 Social and Behavioral Science course focused on Diversity (a course devoted to multiculturalism or diversity in the US)
  • 1 Social and Behavioral Science course focused on American Government (specifically a Political Science course focused on how a bill becomes a law, the three branches of government, and the constitution)
  • 2 Humanities courses (Art History, English, Philosophy, etc.)
  • 2 Natural and Physical Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Nutrition, etc.)
  • 1 Statistics course (focused primarily on statistics and not simply research methods)

Please check out our MSW Prerequisite Requirements and Completion Options for more information on what types of courses fulfill each prerequisite area

When you submit official transcripts, we perform a prerequisite review to determine what, if any, prerequisites you are missing. Please contact us at socialwork@msudenver.edu for more information on submitting official transcripts for review. If, after our review, you believe a course should have counted for a missing prerequisite, we are happy to look over course descriptions and/or syllabi to see if it meets our requirements.

Please check out our MSW Prerequisite Requirements and Completion Options for more information on what types of courses fulfill each prerequisite area

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the Fall 2018 semester.

Applicants are welcome to apply to the program without all prerequisites complete, and may work on completing any missing course work prior to or after receiving their admissions decision. If an applicant is accepted to the program without all prerequisites complete, it will be with the condition that all courses are completed prior to the start of the fall semester.

For more information about completing missing prerequisite courses through MSU Denver, please email socialwork@msudenver.edu 

The learning objectives we are looking for in the Statistics prerequisite course are:

  • Demonstrate the ability to locate sources when information is needed, and to evaluate the authenticity, validity, and reliability of resources applied to a specific purpose.
  • Analyze texts, sources, and argumentation, identify cause and effect relationships and recognize fallacies of argument.
  • Use and document sources and evidence in an ethical manner.
  • Describe how the methods of science are used to generate new knowledge.
  • Describe the forms and impacts of geographical conditions or social, economic, financial, or political practices on the human experience using analytical methods appropriate to the field.

Suggested completion options include:

  • MSU Denver Courses- Courses listed under the Social and Behavioral Science I or II categories will fulfill this requirement.
  • Colorado Community College System- AGE 102; ECO 101, 201, 202, 211, 245; POS 105, 125, 205, 215, 225; GEO 105, 106; AGR 260; ANT 101, 102, 103, 104, 107, 108, 201, 215, 225, 250; CRJ 110; JOU 105; PSY 101, 102, 205, 217, 226, 227, 235, 238, 240, 249, 265; SOC 101, 102, 205, 207, 215, 216, 218, 220, 231, 237; WST 200, 225, 240, 249
  • CLEP Exam- Introductory Psychology, Introductory Sociology, Human Growth and Development, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics. Students must receive a score of 50 or higher for the CLEP Exam to be accepted.

If you have any questions about the appropriateness of a course, please email socialwork@msudenver.edu.

The learning objectives we are looking for in the Social and Behavioral Science - Diversity prerequisite course are:

  • Exhibit knowledge of one or more regions or countries outside the U.S. including aspects such as the historical, political, social, cultural, legal, or business contexts of these regions or countries.
  • Describe the implications of global interdependence, including its impact on societies from a governmental, technological, institutional, organizational, or individual context.
  • Define factors that lead to the formation and continuation of one or more of the four groups of color in United States society.
  • Present the customs, behavioral patterns, and identities of one or more of the four groups of color in United States society.
  • Delineate the effects of bias, prejudices, and discrimination on one or more of the four groups of color in United States society.
  • Describe the cultural similarities, commonalities, and differences within or among one or more of the four groups of color in United States society.
  • Communicate how the acceptance and inclusion of all groups of color enriches lives and increases the creativity and performance of everyone in United States society.

Suggested completion options include:

  • MSU Denver Courses- AAS 1010, 2100; ANT 2330; CAS 3760; CHS 1000, 2100, 3100; ECO 3800; EDS 1001, 3150; GEG 1000; GEG 1300; HCM 2010; PSC 2230; SWK 3110; 2240; RECR 2010; WMS 1550, 2100
  • Colorado Community College System – ANT 215; COM 220; ETH 200, 212, 224; SOC 218; POS 205

If you have any questions about the appropriateness of a course, please email socialwork@msudenver.edu.

 

The learning objectives we are looking for in the Social and Behavioral Science - American Government prerequisite are:

  • Explain the fundamental values of the U.S’s political system of representation.
  • Detail the U.S. Constitution’s main tenets and its general purpose.
  • Describe briefly the historical backdrop to the Founding era, which may include alternative views.
  • Recognize the key factors that produce and shape public opinion, political socialization, and the media’s role in American national government.
  • Describe the citizen’s role in American national government, from intent to practice.
  • Articulate the role of political parties and interest groups, and explain their most notable policy ideas.
  • Explain the basic attributes of the Electoral College system and the general characteristics and trends in modern election campaigns.
  • Articulate more robust detail to special topics within the field as offered by the professor, which may include domestic or foreign policy creation, economic forecasting, specific roles of key Congress members, the courts, or executive departments and agencies

Suggested completion options include:

  • MSU Denver Courses- PSC 1010 American National Government
  • Colorado Community College System - POS 111 American Government
  • CLEP Exam- American Government. Students must receive a score of 50 or higher for the CLEP Exam to be accepted.

American or U.S. History courses are not typically accepted. If you have any questions about the appropriateness of a course, please email socialwork@msudenver.edu.

The learning objectives we are looking for in the Arts and Humanities prerequisite are:

  • Demonstrate the ability to locate sources when information is needed, and to evaluate the authenticity, validity, and reliability of resources applied to a specific purpose.
  • Create persuasive and well-reasoned arguments that are appropriate to topic and purpose.
  • Communicate in writing with an awareness of audience, by using language conventions appropriate to the occasion and task.
  • Identify important examples of texts, creative works, artifacts, or problems in the discipline, including the cultural context.
  • Analyze texts(s), artifact(s), or problem(s) using a point of view informed by the critical or aesthetic perspectives appropriate to the discipline.

Suggested completion options include:

  • MSU Denver Courses- Courses listed under the Arts and Humanities category will fulfill this requirement. Upper Division Foreign Language courses taken at MSU Denver may also be accepted.
  • Colorado Community College System - ART 110, 111, 112, 207; DAN 125; MUS 120, 121,122, 123, 125; THE 105, 108, 211, 212, 215; HUM 115, 121, 122, 123; LIT 115, 201, 202, 205, 211, 212, 221, 222, 225, 246, 259, 268; PHI 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 205, 214, 218, 220; FRE 211, 212, GER 211, 212, ITA 211, 212, JPN 211, 212, RUS 211, 212, SPA 211, 212
  • CLEP Exam- American Literature, English Literature, Humanities. Students must receive a score of 50 or higher for the CLEP Exam to be accepted

If you have any questions about the appropriateness of a course, please email socialwork@msudenver.edu.

The learning objectives we are looking for in the Natural and Physical Science prerequisite are:

  • Demonstrate the ability to locate sources when information is needed, and to evaluate the authenticity, validity, and reliability of resources applied to a specific purpose.
  • Create persuasive and well-reasoned arguments that are appropriate to topic and purpose.
  • Communicate in writing with an awareness of audience, by using language conventions appropriate to the occasion and task.
  • Identify important examples of texts, creative works, artifacts, or problems in the discipline, including the cultural context.
  • Analyze texts(s), artifact(s), or problem(s) using a point of view informed by the critical or aesthetic perspectives appropriate to the discipline.

Suggested completion options include:

  • MSU Denver Courses- Courses listed under the Natural and Physical Sciences category will fulfill this requirement.
  • Colorado Community College System - AGY 240; ANT 111; AST 101, 102, 150, 160; BIO 103, 104, 105, 111, 112, 116, 201, 202, 204, 208, 220, 221; CHE 101, 102, 105, 111, 112; ENV 101, 110; GEO 111, 112; GEY 108, 111, 112, 135; MET 150; NRE 251; PHY 105, 1-7, 111, 112, 211, 212; SCI 105, 155, 156
  • CLEP Exam- Biology, Chemistry, Natural Sciences. Students must receive a score of 50 or higher for the CLEP Exam to be accepted
  • University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work- Human Biology for Social Sciences (Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications, and Issues)

If you have any questions about the appropriateness of a course, please email socialwork@msudenver.edu.

The learning objectives we are looking for in the Statistics prerequisite course are:

  • Describe sets of data graphically, by numerical measures, by linear regression and correlation
  • Use the rules of probability to compute probability go events, conditional probability and Bayes’ Theorem
  • Evaluate random variable, compute expected values and variances, and find probabilities related to the binomial, normal and T distributions
  • Explain and use the Central Limit Theorem to implement inferential statistics Compute point and interval estimations
  • Test hypotheses for population means and proportions of one or two populations
  • Set and describe a problem of the student’s choosing; collect data and apply all major statistical concepts from the course, both descriptive and inferential, using Minitab and hand calculation. 
  • Interpret the results and state conclusions in written form Demonstrate basic knowledge of statistical software
  • Have working knowledge of calculator functions (but not necessarily though use of graphing calculators) to do problems in the course

Suggested completion options include:

Research Methods courses are not typically accepted. If you have any questions about the appropriateness of a course, please email socialwork@msudenver.edu.

 

CLEP exams are subject specific tests that can be taken in place of a course. Our applicants can take CLEP exams to fulfill the Social and Behavioral Science, American Government, Arts and Humanities, and/or Natural and Physical Science prerequisites as it is less money and more time efficient than taking an in-classroom course. Please note that you need at least a score of 50 to pass the CLEP exam and that you can only take the exam once every three months. We strongly recommend that you not wait until the last moment to take this test.

No, your prerequisites do not expire. It does not matter when you earned your Bachelor’s degree – the prerequisites will qualify as long as they were taken at an accredited institution. 

The MSU Denver Difference


There are approximately 375 students in our program spread between the Foundation and Concentration years.

If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and have graduated within the past 6 years, you qualify for Advanced Standing. If it has been more than 6 years since you earned your BSSW, you can petition for Advanced Standing as part of the application process. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in any other field (including Psychology, Human Services, etc.) you do not qualify for Advanced Standing.

Yes! We offer our MSW Program fully online. When applying to the program you must select fully online as your course delivery option and will be guaranteed spots in online courses. If you wish to take classes both online and on campus you must select the mixed traditional course delivery option and will not be guaranteed spots in online courses.

All of our classes are available both on campus and online. The on campus courses are offered in a variety of date and time formats.

Students who would like to complete the program from another state are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please email socialwork@msudenver.edu for more information.

Please take a look at the 17-18 MSW Program Cost Information. As with all institutions of higher education, our tuition does raise marginally from year to year so keep that in mind as you are financially planning. 

It depends on whether you are full or part time and Advanced Standing or Regular. Regular program applicants (those without a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work) can complete the program in two years of full time coursework or four years of part-time coursework. Advanced Standing applicants can complete the program in one year of full time coursework or two years of part-time coursework. 

It does. Currently our MSW graduates have a 100% pass rate on the licensure exams that you would take post-graduation. Please visit our Licensure Resources page for more information.

We accept up to 9 credits of transfer coursework from other accredited MSW programs. Please email socialwork@msudenver.edu to learn more about the transfer credit process. We are not able to accept graduate level transfer courses from non-MSW Programs such as Psychology or Counseling.

You can definitely start working on your prerequisite requirements if you have any left to complete, but you cannot take most MSW courses until you have been accepted into the program. If you would like to begin working on your prerequisite requirements, please email socialwork@msudenver.edu for more information.

We do offer the opportunity to be a non-degree seeking student. You can learn more about the Non-Degree Program and its admissions process here.

You can apply as a non-degree seeking student, though there is no guarantee of acceptance. Non-degree seeking students can take and apply a maximum of 12 credits toward their future MSW degree. As part of the Non-Degree Program application process, the Office of Social Work Student Services determines which classes the student is allowed to take. Please see our website for our non-degree seeking policy and application process.

You are unable to start taking classes in the spring because we only offer our first semester courses in the fall. Our program is very sequential with spring content relying on fall content.

Yes. Our programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the state of Colorado.

We have been offering MSW degrees since 2011.

The majority of aid at the Master’s level is in the form of federal loans. We do have some stipend and scholarship programs through our department and you can find details under Scholarships & Stipends on our website. 

We occasionally offer MSW courses over the summer, but primarily the coursework is confined to the fall and spring semesters.

Yes, there is a part-time option that involves taking approximately half of the credits of the full-time plan each semester. This means that you would complete the MSW in double the amount of time it would take you were you to be full-time. On the part time plan, your field placement years will not be spread over the years, but concentrated in one year each.

If you are a Regular Program student and begin part-time you must complete the full Foundation Year part time before switching back to full time. This means you would complete your Foundation Year in two years and your Concentration Year in one for a total of three years. If you are an Advanced Standing student and begin part-time you do not have the option to switch to full time status. 

We do.  We work to take the feedback of our students and provide coursework at times that are most convenient for them.

We strongly discourage it. We consider our full time program to be a 50 hour/week commitment between field placement, in class time, and out-of-class homework. We have found that students in our program are most successful if they are not trying to manage a full time job. With that said, we understand that working full-time is a necessity for some. If this is your situation we encourage you to attend our program part-time and speak to an advisor in our office to ensure you are receiving adequate support. 

If you have life circumstances that require you to miss a semester or even year of the program, our advisors will work with you to develop an altered academic plan. 

Please contact socialwork@msudenver.edu to be put in contact with alumni from our program.

Yes. Please take a look at our Facebook page and/or Twitter account

There are tours of campus that run every day out of the Admissions Office, though they are primarily geared toward undergraduates. If you would like to be shown where the various Social Work offices are, please schedule an appointment by calling 303-556-3474. 

Field Placement Process


Yes! You will submit a field application to the Office of Field Education and they will give you a list of agencies to interview with based on your interests, availability, etc. After each interview there will be a mutual selection process until you find the placement that is the right fit for you.

There is an option to submit your current job for consideration as an employment based field site. Please contact the Office of Field Education for more information.

About Social Work


Social Work knowledge, values, and skills allow helping professionals to examine issues and problems from a perspective that goes beyond just an individual, and takes into account the person in environment perspective. Social workers are equipped to practice at all levels- individuals, families, groups, and larger systems. They may engage in direct practice work, or may choose to address social justice and policy issues from a macro perspective.  Social workers are also rooted in the core value of social justice and not just anyone can call themselves a social worker. Because social work is a value based profession, we have an organized accreditation process for education, a code of ethics and a licensure process. Additionally, the signature pedagogy of social work education is applied learning, where you have skills training through field education.

 

Social work is a continually growing field sot he job market is good for social workers right now. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects social work jobs to grow by 12% by 2024, which is faster than the national average growth rate of 7%. Because social work is such a diverse field, there are many opportunities for individuals with an MSW. Social workers can find jobs in a variety of settings including non-profits, schools, governmental agencies, hospitals, and mental health centers.

The first step to becoming a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) or a Licensed Clinical Social Woker (LCSW) is to earn your Master's in Social Work. Please visit our Licensure Resources page for a step-by-step walkthrough.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationally the median pay for social workers is $46,890 per year. Starting wages for social workers nationally range from $28,800 to $78,510.

In the state of Colorado, the median pay for social workers is $46,555 per year. Starting wages for social workers in Colorado range from $30,150 to $73,570.

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Main Office Phone:

303-615-0555

Location:

Main Office
Central Classroom Suite 201

Office of Field Education
Central Classroom Suite 202

Office of Social Work Student Services
Central Classroom Suite 206

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