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Apply to the MSW Program for a Summer/Fall 2022 start!

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at MSU Denver! We offer both a fully online and a mixed traditional delivery option for this program. The information below applies to both delivery options. We are looking forward to getting to you know you as you research and prepare for your exciting journey.

The MSW Advanced Standing Program (for students with an undergraduate degree in social work) is summer-start only. The MSW Regular Program (for students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than social work) is fall-start only.

Future MSW Students

If you have not yet, we highly recommend filling out the future student information request form to receive up to date information about the MSW Program. You will also be among the first to know when the application opens and receive information about events hosted to support prospective students throughout the application process.

If you have any specific questions for us, please email [email protected].

Important Dates and Deadlines

The MSW Program at MSU Denver has one admissions cycle annually. The application typically opens in early September, with a priority consideration deadline in late October and a final deadline in mid-January.

The application for a Summer/Fall 2022 start opened on September 7, 2021.

The final application deadline for a Summer/Fall 2022 start is January 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Mountain Time). All required materials must be submitted by this date and time for an application to be considered complete and eligible for review.

The priority consideration application deadline for a Summer/Fall 2022 start is November 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM (Mountain Time). To have your application reviewed during the priority consideration window, all required materials must be submitted by this date and time.

We are currently offering one-on-one appointments for prospective MSW Program students. To schedule an appointment, please call our Welcome Desk at 303-615-0555. In fall 2021, we will begin offering information sessions and admissions events for prospective students. Our team has robust and interactive support services for MSW Program applicants where you will be able to interact and meet with expert faculty and staff.

Note: Application processing takes 10-12 weeks after the deadline to complete (not from application submission), and applicants are notified of their decision via email. The Office of Social Work Student Services will stay in close contact with you throughout the entire process. If you have any questions as you navigate the application process, please contact us at [email protected].

Priority Consideration Deadline Overview

Applicants who submitted all their materials by the priority consideration deadline have their application reviewed during the fall and early winter by the MSW Admission Committee. Those ranked in the very top of the pool of applicants are granted early admission to the program, granting them a head start on:

  • Preparing to start the program
  • Securing a field placement
  • Registering for classes

All other applicants who submit their application by the priority consideration deadline have their application rolled forward and receive their admission notification after the final application deadline review period.

Advising and MSW Program Resources

Planning on applying for a Summer/Fall 2022 start? We recommend you bookmark this page and refer back to it often as it will be updated with the most up-to-date information throughout the admissions cycle.

We are currently offering one-on-one advising for the 2022 Admissions Cycle. To schedule an appointment, please call our Welcome Desk at 303-615-0555. If you fill out the future student information request form, you will be notified of future group information sessions and admissions events.

Want to learn more about our program? Check out our MSW Program website and FAQ as a starting point, then make sure to watch the admissions basics and program basics videos.

Have specific questions about the MSW Program or the admissions process? Email the Office of Social Work Student Services at [email protected]

The Office of Social Work Student Services is here to help you along the journey.

MSW Program Eligibility

Application Materials and Requirements

Admissions Decisions

The MSW Admissions Committee, which is comprised of faculty and staff 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.

The application review process takes 10-12 weeks from the deadline (not from application submission) to complete. After the MSW Admissions Committee finishes their review process, applicants will be notified via email of their admissions decision.

Applicants may be: accepted, accepted with requirements, waitlisted, or denied admission. In some cases, the MSW Admissions Committee may require an interview with the applicant before an acceptance decision can be made. Please refer to the Important Dates and Deadlines section above for the admission timeline.

Accepted

Students who are accepted into the program typically have no additional obligations to fulfill and will receive an admission decision notification (electronic) from the Social Work Department including a welcome letter, program criteria (program, course delivery, and enrollment status), and a link to the new student pages containing next steps, 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 and program criteria at the time of admission to the MSW Program to secure their “seat”. The process by which to confirm enrollment will be articulated in the admission decision notification.

Accepted with Requirements

Students who are accepted with requirements into the program typically have additional obligations to fulfill either before the start of the MSW Program and/or within the first 6 credit hours of enrollment. This could include, but is not limited to: course completion, low GPA, or other items that are not in compliance with program eligibility standards. In some cases, the MSW 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 decision notification (electronic). Students who do not fulfill the obligations of their requirements will be dismissed from the MSW Program.

Students will receive an admission decision notification (electronic) from the Social Work Department including a welcome letter, program criteria (program, course delivery, and enrollment status), a link to specific information about the stipulations that must be met, and a link to the new student pages containing next steps, 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 and program criteria at the time of admission to the MSW Program to secure their “seat”. The process by which to confirm enrollment will be articulated in the admission decision notification.

Waitlisted

Waitlist status may be extended to eligible applicants in the case where program capacity has been reached.

Denied Admission

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to deny acceptance of any applicant. Applicants who submit incomplete applications, including transcripts and other required admissions materials, will not be reviewed by the admissions committee and will be denied from the program.

Readmission After Deferring Acceptance

Applicants who are accepted or accepted with requirements into the MSW Program may defer their start semester up to one academic year from the term that acceptance was originally offered. The full departmental application is not required, however students must submit the Readmission After Deferral form, which will be sent to them electronically by the Office of Social Work Student Services.

Applicants who defer their start semester will be held to the policies and curriculum of the later term in which they officially start the MSW Program. The deferral process is only valid for one academic year from the original acceptance semester.