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
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 (as of fall 2018)
As of the fall 2018 application cycle, MSW Regular Program applicants were 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, anthropologyetc.)
- 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 six units of course work in humanities (english, art, music, foreign language, philosophy etc.)
- At least six units of course work in natural science (biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy etc.)
- At least three units in basic statistics (not research)
Please Note: We cannot guarantee that these prerequisite requirements will remain the same for the fall 2019 application cycle. We ask that students wanting to start in fall 2019 wait until August/September of 2018 to meet with an advisor. We will not have any information about the fall 2019 application cycle and will not be able to perform prerequisite reviews until that point in time. If you are on our MSW Prospective Student List, you will be notified via email when we begin advising.
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 (as of fall 2018)
- 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
- Standards of Professional and Ethical Behavior
Please Note: we cannot guarentee the required application materials will remain the same for the fall 2019 application cycle.
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.