MSW Regular (2-Year) Program Admissions
If your undergraduate degree is in anything other than social work, you must complete the full, two-year (60 semester hours) Master of Social Work Program, including the undergraduate liberal arts course content base.
The MSW Regular (2-Year) Program only begins in the Fall semesters.
Fall 2015 application cycle will begin October 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.
- Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Have completed, or will complete a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to the Fall semester in which students start the MSW Program.
- Undergraduate liberal arts course content base (indicated below)
- Completion of all Regular (2-Year) Program Admissions forms and requirements as indicated below.
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).
Undergraduate Liberal Arts Prerequisites
MSW Regular Program applicants must have the following undergraduate course content areas completed prerequisites completed with a "C" or better before the Fall semester in which they start the program:
At least 12 units of course work in the social sciences (sociology, psychology, economics, political science, anthropology etc.)
- One course must be centrally organized around American government
- Once course must be centrally organized around contemporary multicultural or diversity issues
At least six units of course work in the humanities (english, art, music, foreign language, philosophy etc.)
At least six units of course work in the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy etc.)
At least three units in basic statistics (not research).
The undergraduate course content areas listed above must be present on the student's official transcript, but should not be officially transferred to MSU Denver. Course equivalency will be determined by the MSW Admissions and Advising Coordinator. Students who fail to complete all undergraduate course content areas prior to the Fall semester in which they begin the MSW Program will be revoked of their acceptance status. It is the student's responsibility to provide the department with updated official transcripts to document successful completion of course content areas.
Students who have course content areas to complete and intend to do so at MSU Denver should complete the MSU Denver undergraduate application for this purpose.
Required Application Materials
Before you start exploring the admissions portion of the website download the MSW Admissions Process Document. This document will help 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 Office of Admissions (not the Social Work Department. Click link to view instructions, when applicable):
- Graduate Application 2013-14 (PDF 2,773 KB)
- Transcripts: Request official sealed transcripts from all schools attended be sent to the Graduate Admissions. (waived for MSU Denver 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)
Prerequisite Course Content Form (PDF 948 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.