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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Academic Programs

MSW Program

GSSW's MSW program is ranked in the top 11 percent of all accredited MSW programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition to excellent instruction by our committed and highly accessible faculty members, our on-campus MSW programs allow you to customize your career preparation by choosing from eight specialized concentrations and three unique certificate programs.

Our Four Corners MSW program (based in Durango, Colorado) and Western Colorado MSW program (based in Glenwood Springs, Colorado) feature weekend scheduling and course content designed to meet the unique needs of local communities in those areas.

Whichever MSW program is right for you, you'll begin your specialization after just two quarters of study, earlier than in other, more traditional MSW programs.


Since 1933, our MSW program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation.

CSWE accreditation signifies that our MSW program meets nationally accepted standards in eight areas:

  • mission, goals and objectives
  • curriculum
  • governance, structure and resources
  • faculty
  • student professional development
  • non-discrimination and human diversity
  • program renewal
  • program assessment and continuous improvement

All CSWE programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. Read GSSW's Student Learning Outcomes.

PhD Program

The doctoral program at the Graduate School of Social Work trains master's level human service professionals from across the country and around the world to become social work researchers, educators and policy experts.

Founded in 1968, our PhD program is among the oldest social work doctoral programs in the nation. Here, you'll work alongside distinguished faculty members to conduct research, write publications and gain substantive and methodological knowledge in the field of social work.

Read more about our PhD program.