The two-year MSW program is available to applicants with baccalaureate degrees in academic disciplines other than social work.
The University of Denver uses a quarter system in which the regular academic calendar includes three quarters: fall, winter and spring. If you attend full-time, you'll complete the 90-quarter-hour MSW program in two years (six quarters). In some cases, you may be required, or choose, to take courses in the fourth (summer) quarter and/or during the winter interterm session (a 4-week period between fall and winter quarters).
All two-year students begin their foundation coursework in fall quarter. The foundation curriculum will introduce you to the professional foundation of social work and help you acquire a basic knowledge of intervention skills and techniques used to improve the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. You'll also learn about social justice and how it relates to social work ethics. Read more about the foundation curriculum,and watch a video preview of your foundation year.
NOTE: The concentration curriculum information below applies only to MSW students who will enter the program in fall quarter 2013 or later. If you are a current two-year MSW student who will begin your concentration year in fall 2013, or if you are entering the MSW program with advanced standing in summer quarter 2013, please consult the MSW 2013-2014 Concentration Curriculum for detailed information instead.
Beginning in spring quarter of your first year of study, and continuing throughout your second year, you'll advance your knowledge and skill by specializing in one of eight social work concentrations:
- child welfare
- children and youth: risks and positive development
- family systems practice
- aging services and policy
- health and wellness
- mental health
- organizational leadership and policy practice
- sustainable development and global practice
As a GSSW student, you'll begin your specialization earlier than at most MSW programs. That means you'll be able to develop even more in-depth knowledge and skills in your chosen field of practice—an opportunity you won't have in more traditional MSW programs. Read more about the concentration curriculum.
For detailed curriculum requirements, see the MSW 2013-2014 Bulletin & Handbook (PDF).