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MSW Advanced Standing Program Advising

If your undergraduate degree is in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, you may qualify for the advanced standing, one-year (30 semester hours) Master of Social Work program.

Please visit the Student Hub to learn about upcoming MSW Information Sessions. We also invite you to set up an advising appointment by calling 303-556-3474.

Credit for Life Experience:

The Master of Social Work Program does not give credit for life experience for, or in substitution of, any part of the MSW Program course requirements, the foundation year coursework, or the concentration year required coursework and electives.


Each student will choose one of the following concentration areas:

Individuals and Families Concentration

Students who are accepted into the Individuals & Families Concentration will study, research and apply knowledge through practice using the knowledge, values and skills related to working as advanced clinical social workers with individuals, families and groups. Within this area of concentration, students will choose to focus study and field work on one of the health and mental health tracks:

  • Children/Youth/Families Track

  • Adults Track

  • Older Adults Track

  • Child Welfare Track

After graduation, MSWs are eligible to complete additional state requirements to earn Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) status.

Macro Practice Concentration

With a focus on program management and organizational leadership, this concentration covers the knowledge, values and skills related to making large system changes. Students who are accepted into the Macro Practice Concentration will apply knowledge through macro practice field experience. With macro practice social worker experience, career options include:

  • Agency directors
  • Grant writers
  • Legislative advocates or elected officials
  • Program designers and developers
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Community leaders

After graduation, you can complete additional state requirements to earn your Licensed Social Worker (LSW).

Full-Time Focus, Part-Time Option

Because of the intense, demanding nature of graduate-level courses and field experiences, MSU Denver's Master of Social Work program is primarily designed for full-time students who are not working full time, however the program does have options for part-time students.

The heavy course load, whether you're in the regular or advance standing cohort, totals 30 semester hours per year. Full-time students can expect to finish the Advanced Standing program in one year. Part-time students can expect to finish the Advanced Standing program in two years.

Program Eligibility

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree in Social Work from a college or university Social Work Program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education(CSWE) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. To verify accreditation, visit CSWE's Directory of Accredited Programs.
  • Completion of all Advanced Standing Program Admissions documents 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 Concentration Coursework

Advanced Standing Program students skip over the foundation year coursework and immediately begin the Concentration Year coursework in either Individuals and Families or Macro.

Tuition and Fees

Graduate Level Tuition and Fees FY 2013-14 (PDF 97 KB)