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The 2019 Admissions Cycle is now closed. The 2020 Admissions Cycle will open in September 2019.

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

Please note: all information on this page is in reference to the 2019 admissions cycle. We cannot guarantee that information and requirements will remain the same for the 2020 admissions cycle.

The application deadline for the 2019 admissions cycle was January 15th, 2019 at 11:59 PM. We will not be accepting any late materials.

If you are planning on applying to the MSW Program for a summer or fall 2020 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 was January 15th, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

To be considered for priority admission, applicants must have submitted 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

Advising for the 2020 admissions cycle will begin in summer 2019. If you are on our prospective student list, you will be notified when advising becomes available.

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

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 Deferral form, which will be sent to them electronically by the Office of Social Work Student Services.

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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