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Applying to Western Colorado MSW Program

The Western Colorado MSW Program is designed to increase the availability of social work resources and services in rural and mountain communities located in western Colorado, including Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Pitkin, Mesa, Montrose and Summit Counties. Our offices and classrooms are located in Glenwood Springs, so you can earn your MSW degree from the University of Denver in, or near, your home community.The Western Colorado MSW tuition rate is lower than that paid by students on the Denver campus, and we offer a weekend schedule of Friday afternoon and Saturday classes to accommodate the needs of working adults.

Application deadlines

Application deadlines for the 2019 Two-Year Western Colorado MSW program are listed below.

  1. Early Deadline: January 15, 2019 – if you complete your application by January 15, we will waive the $65 application fee. You will receive your admission decision by February 15, 2019.
  2. Regular Deadline: March 1, 2019 – if you complete your application by March 1, you will receive your admission decision by April 1, 2019.
  3. March 2, 2019 through August 1, 2019 – if you complete your application after March 1, your application will be considered if space is available.
    We will not accept applications for the 2019 Two-Year Western Colorado MSW program after August 1, 2019. 

Entry dates

  • Advanced Standing Program—The next cohort of advanced standing students will enter the program in the summer of 2020. The Advanced Standing Program is available only to applicants with a bachelor's degree in social work from a college or university whose social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the time the degree is conferred.
    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.
  • Two-Year Program—The next cohort of two-year students will begin the Western Colorado MSW Program in the fall of 2019.

For general information about the Western Colorado MSW Program, please contact Rachel Forbes, program director (970-945-1133).

How to apply

The application for the 2019 Western Colorado Two-Year MSW program is now available; apply now.

View our application instructions

To apply, you must submit an application online. A completed MSW application includes:

  • the Master of Social Work Application (submitted online)
  • the Career Goals Statement; For detailed instructions, view the printable instructions (PDF).
  • an Experience Summary (submitted online)
  • an official transcript from each college or university previously attended (Official paper transcripts must be mailed to the GSSW Office of Admission.)
  • two written recommendations
    • You'll need reference names and valid email addresses during the online application process.
    • Recommenders will be emailed the appropriate form and detailed instructions on how to submit their recommendation electronically.
  • a résumé (submitted online)
  • a $65 application fee (submitted online or mailed separately)

Please note that GRE scores are not required as part of our MSW admission process.

International students who wish to apply to the MSW program also must submit additional items listed on our international student page.

For additional information about the MSW application process, please contact the GSSW Office of Admission and Financial Aid or (303-871-2841).