Application Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to MSW@Denver, you must submit the following:

Go to the Online Application

Online application: You must complete the entire online application

Transcripts: You may submit unofficial transcripts for an initial review of your application. If admitted, you must provide official transcripts from all institutions attended.

Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, specify that your transcript(s) be sent to applicationservices@onlinemsw.du.edu.

If your transcripts are being sent by mail, use the following address:

Application Processing Services
MSW@Denver
Suite 501
7900 Harkins Road
Lanham, MD 20706 

Recommendations: You are required to submit two letters of recommendation — one academic and one professional. In the application, you will be prompted to provide contact information for two references. Your recommenders should know you well and be able to speak about your background, your passion for social work and your ability to succeed in a graduate program. The admission committee reviews all letters of recommendation and considers them integral to understanding how your background will strengthen your potential to become a social worker.

Please note: If you are an online advanced standing program applicant, you are strongly encouraged to provide one recommendation from your BSW internship supervisor.

Resume: You will be asked to upload a current resume to your online application. Your resume should include information about your educational and professional experiences as they relate to social work. Be sure to include any volunteer or internship experience that has helped prepare you for a career as a social worker. 

Career Goals Statement: The admission committee considers your Career Goals Statement to be an essential part of your application. The statement allows us to learn more about you and your passion for the social work profession. Take the time to articulate your perspective, be creative and think critically.

The average statement length is approximately five pages; submissions exceeding seven pages are discouraged. Statements should be double-spaced with a font size of no less than 10.

Prior to writing your essay, review the NASW Code of Ethics.

Your statement should address each of the following prompts:

  1. Rationale
    Identify significant factors that influenced your decision to pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and how you intend to use it in the future. (1-2 paragraphs)
  2. Social Work Values and Ethics
    Describe your understanding of the social work profession and its core values. Compare your own values with the professional social work values, any potential value based or ethical conflicts you might experience and how you plan to address or reconcile these conflicts (whether it be in the classroom, in field, in future practice or in any other areas). (1 page)
  3. Personal and Professional Attributes and Liabilities
    Describe any cultural, economic or social challenges and/or opportunities that have provided you with a unique perspective about social work issues. What insights have you gained from these experiences about how to maintain professional judgment and performance during times of distress? (1 page)
  4. Employment and Volunteer Experiences
    Discuss the relationship between your educational, employment and volunteer experiences and what qualities equip you for the social work profession. Describe your experiences and feelings about working with populations different from your own. (1 page)
  5. Work Life Balance
    Explain your plan for managing your graduate education. Consider how you will balance work, family and other responsibilities with the required courses, homework and internship responsibilities. (2-3 paragraphs)
  6. Optional
    Please address any special academic or other considerations that you would like GSSW to consider in the review of your application.

Application fee: You can submit your $65 nonrefundable application fee in the online application. The fee can be paid using any major credit card.

Visit our main website to learn more about the application process for our on campus MSW programs in Denver, Durango and Glenwood Springs.