Advanced Standing Program Admissions
If your undergraduate degree is in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education within the last six years, you may qualify for the advanced standing, one-year (30 semester hours) Master of Social Work program.
The MSW Advanced Standing Program only begins in the Fall semesters.
Fall 2015 application cycle will begin September 1st, 2014. This means all application materials and instructions will be available at that time. You can anticipate a priority admission deadline early in December and a secondary admission deadline in mid-January. Please note all the application materials below are from the Fall 2014 application cycle. Feel free to review these items for an idea of what will be required.
Advanced Standing eligibility is only considered for applicants who:
- Hold a degree from a baccalaureate social work program accredited by CSWE (within the last six years), hold a degree recognized through CSWE's International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service*, or hold a degree from a program that is covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors*.
*Applicants who received degrees from outside the United States should contact the department to determine eligibility.
- Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Completion of all Advanced Standing Program Admissions forms and requirements as indicated under the Admissions section.
Additional Eligibility Requirements for International Applicants
- International students must have achieved a minimum TOEFL score of 540 (or a score of 76 on the Internet version of the TOEFEL).
Required Application Materials
Before you start exploring the admissions portion of the website download the MSW Admissions Process Document. This document will allow you to understand the admissions process and provide you with detailed required admission material information. This document will help you understand specific details on the admissions materials and tips for completing your application. Review this document or you will be missing out on important information. The Admissions Process Document will provide you with enough information to get started on your application.
MSW Admissions Process Document (PDF 135 KB)
PART A | Required Materials | MSU Denver Office of Admissions
The following items should be sent directly to MSU Denver Graduate Admissions (not the Social Work Department. Click link to view instructions, when applicable):
- Graduate Application 2013-14 (PDF 2,773 KB) (plus $50 fee)
- Transcripts: Request official sealed transcripts from all schools attended be sent to the Office of Admissions. (waived for MSU Denver BSW graduates)
The Metropolitan State University of Denver
Office of Admissions Attn: Maryum Pelot
PO Box 173362 Campus Box 44
Denver, CO 80217-3362
Additional Application Requirements for International Applicants:
International students must complete all of the same requirements as domestic students, plus an additional, separate application form which may be found on the Office of Admissions web site.
PART B | Required Materials | Social Work Department
Resume (PDF 85 KB)
Personal Statement Essay (PDF 89 KB)
Letters of Recommendation (PDF 115 KB)
Case Study Options (complete the appropriate case study below)
Saundra Santiago (Individuals and Families) (PDF 142 KB)
Transitional Homes (Macro) (PDF 146 KB)
Field Evaluation or Field Intent (PDF 67 KB)
Petition for Advanced Standing (PDF 68 KB)
Standards of Professional Behavior (PDF 52 KB)
Criminal History Statement (PDF 101 KB)
The MSW Admissions Committee, which is comprised of faculty members, will review complete applications only. Applicants who submit incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee and will be denied from the program. After the MSW Admissions Committee receives and reviews the application the applicants will be notified in writing of their status. Applicants may be: accepted, accepted with conditions, waitlisted, or denied admission. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may require an interview with the applicant before an acceptance decision can be made. Students should check the MSW Program website for admission timelines.
Students who are accepted into the program typically have no additional obligations to fulfill and will receive an acceptance packet (electronic) from the Social Work Department including: a welcome letter, information about the field placement process and an advising snapshot of the academic program they have been accepted into. The advising snap shot serves as a contract between the student and the department and cannot be altered without the approval of an advisor. Students will be required to confirm their acceptance into the specified program, concentration and track.
Accepted with Conditions:
Students who are accepted with conditions into the program typically have additional obligations to fulfill. This could include, but is not limited to: course completion,low GPA, or other items that are not in compliance with program eligibility standards. A student who is admitted with conditions must complete specified criteria within the first six credit hours of enrollment or, in the case of course completion, before the applicant starts the MSW Program. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may decide that an applicant is only eligible to take certain coursework during the first year of study under specific guidelines. These criteria, including timeline, will be outlined in the acceptance packet (electronic). Students who do not fulfill the obligations of conditional acceptance will be dismissed from the MSW Program.
Students will receive an acceptance packet from the Social Work Department including: a welcome letter, specific information about the conditions that must be met, information about the field placement process and an advising snapshot of the academic program they have been accepted into . The advising snapshot serves as a contract between the student and the department and cannot be altered without the approval of an advisor. Students will be required to confirm their acceptance into the specified program, concentration and track.
Students may be offered waitlist status.
The Admissions Committee reserves the right to deny acceptance of any applicant. Applicants who submit incomplete applications, including transcripts and additional admissions materials will not be reviewed by the admissions committee and will be denied from the program.