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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Western Colorado MSW Program

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.

Program objectives

  • 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

Teaching methods

  • 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

Class schedule

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 for admission to the Western Colorado two-year MSW program that will begin in the fall of 2015.

Learn about admission requirements and financial aid for prospective Western Colorado MSW students.

For admission questions, please contact the GSSW Admission Office (303-871-2841)

Learn more

For general information about the Western Colorado MSW Program, please contact Clinical Assistant Professor Rachel Forbes, Program Director (970-945-1133), or Clinical Associate Professor Karen Bensen, Assistant Dean for Community Academic Programs (303-871-3709).

View photos of the Western Colorado grand opening celebration in fall 2013.