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If you are looking for admissions essay and/or case study instructions and prompts, those can be found under Step Three.

The MSW Regular Program (for students with an undergraduate degree not in social work) is fall-start only and the MSW Advanced Standing Program (for students with an undergraduate degree in social work) is summer-start only. Learn more about program eligibility on our main application page.

Important Note Regarding Course Delivery

The MSW Program offers two course delivery options: fully online and mixed traditional (combination of on campus and online courses). You will select which course delivery you are applying for at the very beginning of your application. This cannot be changed after application submission, but can be changed after acceptance. Course delivery option does not impact your chance of admission.

To apply to the fully online course delivery option (all courses are taken online and students are guaranteed space in online sections of all required courses): select “Online Graduate Degree” as your program type and “Master of Social Work – Online” as your planned major or area of interest.

To apply to the mixed traditional course delivery option (courses can be taken in a combination of delivery methods including on campus, online, and/or hybrid): select “Graduate Degree” as your program type and “Master of Social Work” as your planned major or area of interest.

Important Dates and Deadlines

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.

Please note: application processing takes 10-12 weeks from the deadline (not from submission of the application) to complete. 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 & Requirements

Applicants who submit all their materials by the priority consideration deadline of November 1 will 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 will receive their admissions decision early, 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 this deadline will have their application rolled forward and will receive their admission decision in Spring 2022, 10-12 weeks after the final application deadline.

Although only a select few will receive priority admission, we encourage you to give it a try, submit your materials early, then sit back and relax.

Step One: MSU Denver Graduate Application

Your entire MSW Program application will be completed through this application system. No materials will be submitted via other methods or platforms. Note: you do not have to complete the entire application in one sitting – you can save and come back at a later time. You will not be able to upload your admissions essay and/or case study until after submitting the graduate application.

To submit your graduate program application, you will need to:

  • Fill out all required information;
  • Enter your professional and volunteer history in the Professional History Form;
    • A resume is not required – instead, all applicants fill out the professional history form as part of their application.
    • The committee will assess both length/quantity of time and the type of experience to determine its relevance.
    • If you are currently employed in a position, please put January 2022 as the end date for the position. There is no option on the application to select “current” in the professional history form.
  • Enter 3 references for your Letters of Recommendation;
    • You will not be able to submit your application until you have entered three recommenders into the system.
    • Recommendations will all be completed through the online system. You should not collect or submit any physical letters of recommendation.
    • More information on the recommendation process can be found in the drop downs below
  • Pay the $50 graduate application fee
    • If paying the application fee is a financial hardship, please see the information below regarding Colorado Free Application Days and the Application Fee Waiver Request form.

Application Fee Waiver Opportunities

This fall, Colorado’s Free Application Day is growing to become Free Application Day$. The fourth-annual state-wide initiative will be held Tuesday, October 19 – Thursday, October 21, 2021. If you submit your graduate application on one of those days, your application fee will automatically be waived, no fee waiver code required! Do not click the “Finalize Application and Pay” button until Free Application Days, otherwise an application fee will be placed on your account.

If paying the graduate application fee is a financial hardship, you can fill out the MSW Program 2022 Application Fee Waiver Request Form. After submission, your request will be reviewed by the Office of Social Work Student Services. If you are requesting an application fee waiver, please do not click the “Finalize Application and Pay” button on the review page of your application until you hear back from us. Fee waiver codes can only be entered on the “Signature” page of the application, and once that button is clicked you can no longer enter a fee waiver code. Please be aware that if you have already paid the application fee, we cannot issue a refund.

Information on Letters of Recommendation

Step Two: Submit Transcripts

We can accept both official and unofficial transcripts during the admission process. Applicants must submit a transcript (official or unofficial) from each college or university attended. All transcripts should be submitted using one of the options outlined below. Please do not submit any materials to the Office of Admissions at MSU Denver. Failure to submit using one of the options below may result in a delay in processing your application.

What transcripts need to be submitted?

We require the submission of transcripts from all higher education institutions (colleges and universities) attended before we can review your application. Even if you later transferred the coursework to another school, we still need the transcript from the institution you originally took the courses at.

You do not need to submit high school transcripts as part of the MSW Program application process.

Special Circumstances (international degrees, MSU Denver graduates, and previously submitted official transcripts)

  • If you attended a college or university outside of the United States (not study abroad), you must have your transcripts evaluated by either WES, ECE, or SpanTran. Please make sure to request a course-by-course evaluation. We cannot accept un-evaluated transcripts for review or for admission to the MSW Program. Once your transcript has been evaluated, you will have it submitted directly following the official transcript instructions below. If you only attended a college or university outside of the United States for a study abroad experience, an evaluation is not required.
  • If you obtained an undergraduate degree from MSU Denver, your official transcripts will automatically be associated with your application. This process may take up to 10 business days after application submission. Any transcripts you previously submitted to MSU Denver do not need to be re-submitted, however if you have taken coursework since graduation at another institution you will need to submit those transcripts.
  • If you have previously submitted official transcripts to MSU Denver, they will be associated with your application after submission. This process may take up to 10 business days after application submission. If it has been more than 10 business days and a transcript that you previously submitted is not showing as received, please email [email protected] with your full legal name, any former names, student ID # (if known), and date of birth so we can track down your transcripts.

Official and Unofficial Transcript Submission

Unofficial Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to your admissions application either prior to submitting the application (on the Academic History page) or after submitting the application (via your Application Status/Checklist page)

Unofficial transcripts should show 1) credits received, 2) GPA, and 3) any degree awarded (including degree date). If you are currently enrolled in undergraduate studies, your current transcript does not need to show a degree awarded.

If you choose to upload unofficial transcripts and are accepted to the MSW Program, you will be accepted with the requirement that you submit official transcripts from all institutions attended prior to the start of MSW Program courses.

Official Transcripts

If you choose to submit official transcripts for admissions, please follow the instructions in the drop-downs below. Transcripts must be submitted directly by the college or university or dropped off in their original sealed envelope to be considered official. Once transcripts have been opened by a student, they are considered unofficial. For an electronic transcript to be considered official, it must be sent directly by the college or university. Any transcripts emailed or uploaded by an applicant are considered unofficial.

Note: Due to the volume of transcripts received by the Office of Graduate Studies, it can take up to 10 business days from when an official transcript is received to get it processed and marked received in your application checklist.

Submitting Official Transcripts

Step Three: Upload Application Materials

After submitting your MSU Denver Graduate Application, you can log into your application account at any time to check your application status page and upload any remaining required materials. Please note that you do not have to upload all materials at once.

For your application to be considered complete and eligible for review at the deadline, the following items must be marked as “received” or “received copy” in your application checklist:

  • Transcripts from all institutions attended (see Step Two for details)
  • Essay/Personal Statement (prompts and requirements below)
  • Case Study (Advanced Standing applicants ONLY) (prompts, case, and requirements below)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

To re-send notification emails to your recommenders, visit the recommendations page (linked below your application checklist), click “Edit”, and then click “Send Reminder”. This is also where you can exclude a recommender and/or enter a new recommender if needed.

If you are applying to the Advanced Standing Program and your undergraduate social work degree was awarded/conferred from December 2011 to November 2015, the Petition for Advanced Standing will be added to your checklist after verification of degree date. You must also complete this form prior to the deadline for your application to be considered complete and eligible for review.

Application Material Instructions

Is My Application Complete?

Your application is considered complete and eligible for review if:

  • You have submitted your graduate application, including either paying the $50 application fee, having it waived on Free Application Days, or entering a fee waiver code;
  • Your transcripts from all previously attended institutions have a green checkmark on your checklist;
  • You uploaded your written materials (essay and case study if applicable) and they have a green checkmark;
  • Three letters of recommendation have a green checkmark

All four items listed above must be complete by the application deadline for your application to be eligible for review.

The only items on your list that can be incomplete at the deadline are the “Official Transcripts Required” item if you submitted unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will only be required if accepted) and “UGD Degree Conferral” if your undergraduate degree is still in progress.

Your application checklist will help you keep track of your journey to a complete application. We encourage you to check it whenever you have questions about your application status. If you are unsure of your status after reviewing your checklist, please email [email protected].

Request an Undergraduate Prerequisite Review (Regular Program ONLY)

The Office of Social Work Student Services will complete an Undergraduate Prerequisite Review for all Regular Program applicants as applications are completed and transcripts received. The result of the review will be sent to the email used to create your application account. If you are missing any prerequisite requirements, you will be notified via email and provided with suggested completion options. Prerequisites do not need to be complete prior to applying or being accepted to the MSW Program, but they must be complete prior to starting MSW Program courses in the fall if accepted. Additionally, prerequisite status does not impact your chance of admission.

If you would like to request a prerequisite review prior to application submission, please email [email protected] with the following information:

  • Your name (first and last)
  • Any former names that may be listed on your transcripts
  • The names of the schools you are submitting transcripts from for review
  • Attach unofficial copies of transcripts for review. To ensure that we can review the unofficial transcripts, please make sure they show credits received, your GPA, and any degrees awarded

We will email you back once your evaluation is complete. The prerequisite review process may take up to 3-5 weeks from when we receive your transcripts, depending on the current volume of requests.

Special Circumstances (international degrees, MSU Denver students and graduates, and previously submitted transcripts)

  • If you received a degree while attending a college or university outside of the United States (not study abroad), you must have your transcripts evaluated by either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). We cannot accept un-evaluated transcripts for prerequisite review or for admission to the MSW Program. Once your transcripts have been evaluated, you will have the official evaluation submitted directly from ECE or WES to the Office of Social Work Student Services. We do require that you submit a course-by-course evaluation. If you only attended a college or university outside of the United States for a study abroad experience, an ECE or WES evaluation is not required.
  • If you obtained an undergraduate degree from MSU Denver, please email [email protected] with your full name and student ID number so we can pull your transcripts from our internal system. If you no longer remember your student ID number, please email us your name, any former names, and date of birth and we can look your information up.
  • If you have previously submitted official transcripts to MSU Denver, please email [email protected] with your full name, any former names, student ID number (if known), and date of birth, and we will see if we can pull your transcripts from our internal system.

Contact Us

The Office of Social Work Student Services is here to support you on your journey!

Have a question or comment for us? Please fill out the form linked below and a member of our team will reply via email in 2-3 business days.

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Office Location:
Central Classroom Building, Suite 201

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Welcome Desk Phone:
303-615-0555

Email:
[email protected]

Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Social Work
PO Box 173362 CB 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362