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MSW Regular (2-Year) Program

If your undergraduate degree is not in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, you must complete the full, two-year (60 semester hours) Master of Social Work program, including certain prerequisites. The MSW Regular Program only begins in the Fall semesters.

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 Regular Program in two years. Part-time students can expect to finish the Regular Program in four years.

Program Eligibility

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative gpa of 3.0.
  • Undergraduate course content prerequisites as indicated under the Admissions section.
  • Completion of all Regular (2-Year) 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 Foundation Coursework

MSW Regular Program students will complete the following foundational coursework after being admitted to the program. The plan below reflects the required sequence for a full-time student. Part-time students will receive a plan of completion from the Social Work Department.



SWKM5000 Generalist Practice I in a Multicultural Society (4) SWKM5200 Generalist Practice II in a Multicultural Society(4)
SWKM5050 Social Policy Analysis (3) SWKM5250 Research Methods in Social Work(3)
SWKM5100 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: Prenatal through Adolescence (3) SWKM5300 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: Young Adulthood through Old Age (3)
SWKM5150 Field Experience I (5) SWKM5350 Field Experience II(5)
TOTAL: 15 credits
TOTAL: 15 credits

Required Concentration Coursework

After the completion of the foundation year, Regular (2-Year) Program Students will go on to complete 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)

Graduate Level Tuition and Fees FY 14-15 (PDF 96 KB)