The University of Denver offers four Master of Social Work (MSW) program options on the main campus in Denver, built around the academic preparation and interests of our students. Denver campus students can choose from eight concentrations, three academic certificates, the PROGRESS gerontology program and courses offered at other schools on the University campus.
The two-year MSW program is open to students with bachelor's degrees in academic fields other than social work.
As a two-year MSW student, you enter the program in fall quarter. During your foundation curriculum, you acquire a broad, basic knowledge of social work. After two quarters of foundation study, you'll begin your concentration curriculum, specializing in a particular field of social work practice called a "concentration."
If you already have a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree, you will enter our MSW program with advanced standing.
Students with advanced standing enter the program in early July, begin their concentration curriculum in fall quarter and may complete the MSW degree in one calendar year (four quarters).
NOTE: To ensure that students who have earned a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program do not repeat what has been mastered in their baccalaureate social work education, they are not accepted into the two-year MSW program. Exceptions to this policy are rare and may be considered through an appeal to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Please contact the GSSW Office of Admission for additional information.
Dual graduate degrees
If you have a professional interest in addition to social work, you may want to consider one of our interdisciplinary dual or cooperative graduate degree programs, which allow you to earn a degree in international studies, law, divinity or another field, while also earning your MSW.
Dual undergraduate/graduate program (for current University of Denver undergraduates only)
Highly qualified University of Denver undergraduate students can start working toward an MSW degree during their fourth year, graduating with both degrees in five years, through our dual undergraduate/graduate degree program.