Launched in the fall of 2013, the Western Colorado MSW Program is helping to meet the human services needs of organizations and communities in western Colorado, including Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Rifle. The program is based in Glenwood Springs.
- provide professional education to support local workforce development
- address community concerns and the special needs of rural communities
- strengthen the professional social work infrastructure of Western Colorado communities
- summer intensive courses taught on-site in the Western Colorado region by GSSW faculty and local social work professionals
- classes simulcast and broadcast from Denver using Interactive Video
- online and hybrid courses using Web-based technology
- field education internships throughout the Western Colorado area
- online access to the University of Denver library for both students and faculty
The Western Colorado MSW program offers a weekend schedule of Friday afternoon and Saturday classes. This allows you to be in your community during the week and also work at your field internship sites.
For detailed curriculum requirements, please see the Western Colorado MSW Program Bulletin (PDF).
Applying to the program
Applications are now being accepted from Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) graduates for admission to the Western Colorado MSW program with "advanced standing" in the summer of 2014. These advanced standing students will complete the MSW program in one calendar year and graduate with the program's current two-year MSW students in June 2015.
For admission questions, please contact the GSSW Admission Office (303-871-2841)
For general information about the Western Colorado MSW Program, please contact Richard Bishop, GSSW Program Coordinator (303-871-3615) or Clinical Assistant Professor Karen Bensen, Assistant Dean for Community Academic Programs (303-871-3709).
View photos of the Western Colorado grand opening celebration in fall 2013.