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 course prerequisites listed below. The MSW Regular Program only begins in the Fall semesters.
Fall 2013 admission cycle is closed. The next admission cycle will be for Fall 2014. Please revisit our website for updates late Spring.
Application Information for Current Fall 2013 Applicants
Students who submitted their complete application by the priority admission deadline will be notified of the admission decision by March 15, 2013. The program preserves the right to defer admissions decisions till April 15 on priority applications if deferral would avoid the applicant being denied admission during the first round of admission notification.
All students regardless of the submission date will be notified of their admission status by April 15th, 2013.
- 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 course prerequisites as indicated below.
- 60 hours of volunteer experience in a helping environment as indicated under the Admissions section.
- 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 Course Prerequisites
MSW Regular Program applicants must have the following undergraduate course prerequisites completed with a "C-" or better before the Fall semester in which they start the program:
- Human Biology or Anatomy and Physiology (MSU Denver course equivalents BIO1000 or BIO2310)
- Introduction to Psychology (MSU Denver course equivalent PSY1001)
- Introduction to Sociology (MSU Denver course equivalent SOC1010)
- Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (MSU Denver course equivalent SWK1010)
- Introduction to Statistics (MSU Denver course equivalent SWK2010 Quantitative Thinking or MTH 1210)
- American National Government (MSU Denver course equivalent PSC1010)
- A Multicultural Course (approved through advising)
The courses 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 a Social Work advisor. Students who fail to complete all undergraduate prerequisite coursework 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 coursework.
Students who have prerequisites to complete and intend to do so at MSU Denver should complete the MSU Denver undergraduate application for this purpose.
Required Application Materials
The application materials for Regular (2-Year) Program applicants consists of several components. The following section will help to guide you through the process. Please download Instructions for Regular Program (2-Year) ( 78 KB) for an explanation of required materials and directions.
The following materials are due on or before the specified deadline. Do not submit an application prior to October 1st, 2012. Any questions regarding the admissions process should be directed to the Social Work Department. The following application materials are pdf files. To download a free copy of Adobe Reader visit: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
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 ( 1,113 KB) (with $50 fee)
- 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: Katy Maas
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
Applicants should submit the following application materials as one complete packet to the Social Work Department(click link to view forms and instructions when applicable)
- Regular Program Cover Form ( 125 KB) (594 KB) (checklist of required materials)
- Current Resume
- Personal Statement ( 93 KB)
- Letters of Recommendation: Make sure two (2 required) Reference Letter ( 125 KB) (125 KB) are submitted in application packet.
- Volunteer Experience: Volunteer Completion Form ( 93 KB)
- Signature Page from the Standards of Professional and Ethical Behavior Standards of Professional Behavior ( 52 KB) (56 KB)
Please drop off or send complete application packet to:
The Metropolitan State University of Denver
The Department of Social Work
Attn: Megan Krueger
PO Box 173362 Campus Box 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362
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 applying to the MSW Program are required to prioritize their interest in the offered concentrations and tracks on the Cover Form (required admissions document). Students may also indicate a willingness to be accepted into any open concentration/track. The Admissions Committee strives to offer all accepted students acceptance into their first priority as long as the Admissions Committee is also able to determine a suitable fit between the applicant and the population group served through the concentration/track. In the case that this fit is not made, the student will be offered another concentration/track within their area of interest indicated on the Cover Form. If all of the students desired concentration/tracks are filled to capacity, a student may be offered waitlist status. Students will confirm their acceptance into the concentration/track via the Intent to Start form.
Students who are accepted into the program typically have no additional obligations to fulfill and will receive an acceptance packet from the Social Work Department including: a welcome letter, information about the field placement process and a personalized Plan of Completion. The Plan of Completion 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 submit the Intent to Start form that confirms acceptance into the specified program and concentration.
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 admissions packet. 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 a personalized Plan of Completion. The Plan of Completion 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 submit the Intent to Start form that confirms acceptance into the specified program and concentration.
Students may be offered waitlist status.
The Admissions Committee reserves the right to deny acceptance of any applicant. Applicants who submit incomplete applications, including test scores, will not be reviewed by the admissions committee and will be denied from the program.
Students who wish to appeal the decision of the Admissions Committee must do so in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org within one week of the date the admission decision email is sent. In order for the appeal to be considered by the MSW Admissions Committee it must articulate new information that demonstrates a compelling argument for the committee to reconsider your application. Appeal decisions will considered ONLY for those students who follow the correct procedures. Appeal decisions will be communicated within four weeks of the denial notification date.
The faculty and staff of the Social Work Department WILL NOT discuss or coach you through the appeal process.