The Online Master of Social Work From the University of DenverThe Online Master of Social Work From the University of DenverThe Online Master of Social Work From the University of Denver

Delivered by a Top-Ranked Graduate School
of Social Work | CSWE-Accredited
Delivered by a Top-Ranked Graduate School
of Social Work | CSWE-Accredited
Delivered by a Top-Ranked Graduate School
of Social Work | CSWE-Accredited

University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work is ranked No. 17 on U.S. News & World Report‘s 2019 list of best social work programs.

The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) takes a progressive approach to social work education, preparing students to practice social work in traditional and nontraditional settings. Students in the online Master of Social Work (MSW) program, MSW@Denver, are taught to think critically and creatively to advance equity across all communities. They also learn to become champions of social change and to empower populations impacted by oppression.

MSW@Denver Program Highlights

Traditional MSW

81

Graduate-Level Credits

900

Hours of Direct Fieldwork

21

Months to Complete Full Time

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Advanced Standing MSW

54

Graduate-Level Credits

500

Hours of Direct Fieldwork

18

Months to Complete Full time

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Online MSW Admission

We seek candidates from a variety of backgrounds and educational experiences, and we encourage those with and without related experience to apply. There are four convenient start dates throughout the year, so you can begin classes on your schedule:

Choose from start dates in January, March, June and September.

GSSW reviews applications on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll receive an admission decision. Learn more about the application process.

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Online Program Tracks

MSW@Denver offers two online programs: the traditional MSW and the advanced-standing MSW.

Traditional Online MSW

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a field other than social work, you are eligible to apply to our traditional online MSW program. The traditional program can be completed in as few as 27 months in the full-time track or 21 months in the accelerated track.

As a traditional MSW student, you will complete:

  • 81 graduate-level credits; full-time or accelerated tracks available
  • The foundation curriculum and the concentration curriculum in mental health and trauma or in health, equity and wellness
  • Two field internships totaling 900 hours of fieldwork

View a sample course schedule for the traditional MSW.

Advanced-Standing Online MSW

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited institution at any point in time, you are eligible to apply to our advanced-standing online MSW program. The advanced-standing program can be completed in as few as 21 months in the full-time track or 18 months in the accelerated track.

As an advanced-standing MSW student, you will complete:

  • 54 graduate-level credits; full-time or accelerated tracks available
  • Two foundation curriculum courses, one seminar, and the concentration curriculum in mental health and trauma or in health, equity and wellness
  • One field internship totaling 500 hours of fieldwork

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Online MSW Curriculum

With the MSW@Denver curriculum, you will gain a holistic understanding of social work principles and be prepared to advocate for social justice in a variety of settings.

If you are a traditional MSW student, you will begin the program with the foundation curriculum. If you’re an advanced-standing MSW student, you will complete three foundation courses and then proceed to one of two concentration options. The foundation curriculum develops your understanding of the history, values and ethics of the social work profession.

Concentrations

The concentration curriculum offers two options: 

Mental Health and Trauma focuses on comprehensive assessment, advanced interventions based on cognitive approaches and trauma-informed care.

Health, Equity and Wellness covers the history of health, health disparities and culturally competent social work practice.

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Featured Courses

As a student in the online program, you will complete coursework that covers a variety of topics, providing you with a strong foundation for social work practice. Some sample courses include:

Power, Privilege and Oppression: Examines how these phenomena affect individuals, families and communities

Leadership and Supervision Skills: Examines the application of leadership and supervision theories to practice settings

Evidence for Practice: Develops skills in identifying, analyzing and applying empirical evidence to inform a practice

Assessment of Mental Health Across the Lifespan: Assesses psychological, social and biological contributors to mental health disorders in all ages

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How Do Field Internships Work?

Whether you live in downtown Denver, a small town in Colorado or another city across the United States, we will help you find a field internship to practice the concepts and theories learned in your online classes.

The Field Placement Process

  1. You will work with a field placement specialist who will find you a school-approved internship site in or near your community.
  2. You will be supervised at your site by a licensed social work professional who will provide feedback on your work and help you develop your skills.
  3. You will receive support from your field liaison who will ensure you’re meeting curricular milestones throughout your time at your internship site.

What Can You Do With an MSW?

Earning your MSW provides you with countless opportunities to advocate for social change in your community and beyond. 

As a GSSW graduate, you’ll be prepared to seek social work employment in traditional and nontraditional settings and challenge systems of oppression at the micro, mezzo and macro levels. You can pursue employment in a variety of roles, such as behavioral health clinician, psychiatric social worker, community and economic developer, mental health counselor and evaluator, or policy analyst.

Growth in the Field

The field of social work is projected to grow 12% by 2030,1 with increases in the following sectors:

13%
increase

Child, family and school2

15%
increase

Mental health and
substance abuse
2

13%
increase

Health care2

Many traditional social work careers require licensure. Learn more about how to become a licensed clinical social worker in Colorado or view your state’s specific licensure requirements.

“It’s not so easy to relocate to another city or state. Sure, it would have been a great experience to do so, but an online program afforded me the ability to work closely with my community as I begin the journey towards developing my practice as a helping professional.”

—Sabrina Martine, MSW@Denver student

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Why Earn Your MSW Online

With an MSW, you can advance your career, fight for social justice and serve marginalized communities. The flexible online format allows you to balance your personal and professional commitments while pursuing a master’s degree from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work.

Study from Anywhere in the U.S.

As an MSW@Denver student, you will attend live online classes, complete coursework and grow your personal relationships through our online campus. You can easily connect with your network of classmates, professors and support services while you complete coursework on your computer, tablet or smartphone using our convenient mobile app.

Make a Difference in Your Community

In-person, hands-on experience is a key aspect of your social work education. During your internships, you will make a difference in your community while building your skill set and receiving mentorship from experienced professionals. GSSW facilitates internships in traditional and nontraditional settings, supporting the individual goals of students in our community.

Attend Small, Collaborative Classes

As an MSW@Denver student, you will attend live online classes, complete coursework and grow your personal relationships through our online campus. You can easily connect with your network of classmates, professors and support services while you complete coursework on your computer, tablet or smartphone using our convenient mobile app.

Student Support

As a student in the online MSW program, you will be supported from admission through graduation and beyond. You also join a learning environment dedicated to student success and growth. MSW@Denver offers support in the following areas:

Admission:

Your Admissions Counselor will introduce you to the program, guide you through the application process and connect you with resources such as online information sessions and application workshops.

Enrollment:

Throughout the program you will work with a Student Success Advisor who will provide assistance as you enroll in the program, attend orientation and register for classes.

Classes and Technology:

Your academic advisor will help you track your progress throughout the program and ensure it is meeting your goals. Tech support is available 24/7 to assist with technical problems that may arise.

Field Internships:

Your field placement specialist will work with you to find an internship site near your community that helps refine your skills and meet curricular milestones.

Career:

You will work with the Career Development Office to prepare for the social work job market. Support includes mock interviews, resume refinement and cover letter feedback.

Graduation and Beyond:

You will be invited to the University of Denver’s on-campus Commencement ceremony where you will officially join our alumni network of 8,000 social change-makers worldwide.

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About the Top-Ranked Graduate School of Social Work

GSSW is a top 20-ranked school of social work that prepares you to become a professional who advances social justice. Faculty members have community experience and are committed to mentorship, so you can pursue a career creating positive change.

Our curriculum and community are grounded in equity, inclusion and diversity, and we seek passionate change-makers who will join our efforts to make the world a more just place.

GSSW also offers the MSW program at three locations in Colorado, including our main campus in Denver. Visit the GSSW website to learn more about our on-campus MSW programs.

CSWE-Accredited Online MSW Program

MSW@Denver is accredited by the CSWE. Accreditation verifies the University of Denver’s online Master of Social Work curriculum meets the high standards of social work education. As an accredited online MSW, MSW@Denver prepares you with the knowledge, skills and field experience you need to meet your state’s specific education licensure requirements.

Committed to Community

“Our faculty and staff provide countless opportunities for your development. You will be inspired, supported and mentored by them. We are committed to helping each member of our community find a place to root and grow through respect and celebration of difference.”

—Amanda Moore McBride, Morris Endowed Dean and Professor

GSSW promotes social justice by advancing scholarship, education and community engagement that leads, connects, mobilizes and transforms.

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Learn From Renowned Faculty

Faculty members have social work experience across many fields of practice, and they publish groundbreaking research to impact social change. As an MSW@Denver student, faculty will challenge you to think critically and creatively about how social work can create meaningful change. You can meet with professors face to face through the online campus for classes or 1:1 office hours. Learn more about faculty members and their expertise below.

Ramona Beltrán, PhD

Assistant Professor Ramona Beltrán’s scholarship focuses on the intersections of historical trauma, embodiment and environmental/social determinants of health as they affect health and risk behaviors in Indigenous communities.

Nicole Nicotera, PhD

Associate Professor Nicole Nicotera’s research and scholarship focus on promoting health and well-being across the lifespan, civic engagement and mindfulness practices as pathways to well-being, and interventions to enhance civic leadership and positive youth development.

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Have you seen or experienced the impact of oppression and injustice on the lives of individuals, families and communities? Are you eager to advance social justice with the knowledge and skills you will gain through MSW@Denver? Request information to discover how you can prepare for a career creating positive change as a social worker.