MSW Regular Program Application Information
The 2019 Admissions Cycle is now closed. The 2020 Admissions Cycle will open in September 2019.
The MSW Regular Program @ MSU Denver 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.
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.
Regular Program Eligibility
- Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Have completed, or will complete, a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to the fall semester in which students start the MSW Program
- Undergraduate liberal arts course content base (indicated below)
- Completion of all Regular Program Admissions forms and requirements as indicated below.
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).
Undergraduate Liberal Arts Prerequisites
MSW Regular Program applicants are required to have the following undergraduate course content areas completed prerequisites completed with a "C" or better before the fall semester in which they start the program:
- At least 12 units of course work in social science (sociology, psychology, economics, political science,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 three units of course work in written or oral communication
- At least three units of course work in arts and humanities (english, art, music, foreign language, philosophy etc.)
- At least three units of course work in human biology OR
At least six units of course work in natural and physical science (biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy etc.)
- At least three units in basic statistics (not research)
The undergraduate course content areas listed above must be present on the student's official transcript, but should not be officially transferred to MSU Denver. Course equivalency will be determined by the Office of Social Work Student Services. Please visit our FAQ page for more information on courses that meet each requirement.
Required Application Materials
- MSU Denver Graduate Program Application
- $50 Application Fee
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- MSW Program Application Materials
- Professional History Form (a professional resume is optional)
- Admissions Essay (prompts will be provided)
- Electronic Signature
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 and a link to the new student pages containing next steps, information about the field placement process and an advising snapshot of the academic program they have been accepted into. The advising snap shot 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 program.
Accepted with Provisions and/or Conditions:
Students who are accepted with provisions and/or 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 (electronic) from the Social Work Department including a welcome letter, a link to specific information about the provision and/or conditions that must be met, and a link to the new student pages containing next steps, 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 program.
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.