MSU Denver

Required Next Steps

Congratulations on your acceptance to the MSW Program and MSU Denver! Follow these steps NOW to make sure you are on track to begin the program in Summer 2022:

Step 1: Confirm, Defer, or Decline Your Admissions Offer

It is very important to let us know your decision! Click the button below to fill out this form by April 15, 2022 if you have not done so already.

Please download and read the MSW Program Criminal History Statement and the Standards of Professional and Ethical Behavior and keep for your records.

Step 2: Review Information on Acceptance Requirements

Click the button below to visit the Acceptance Status Hub – this hub lists all possible stipulations for acceptance to the MSW Program. Not every requirement listed on this page may apply to you. Please refer to your admissions decision for your specific requirements.

Step 3: Set up your MSU Denver NetID account

Your NetID is your single sign-on used to log into many University resources. Your NetID is listed at the top of your admissions decision, underneath your Student ID number. Your MSU Denver email address is your NetID followed by @msudenver.edu. For example, if your NetID was abc123, your email would be [email protected]

Step 4: Verify you can access your email via the Student Hub

Your MSU Denver email is the official means of communication at the University and, going forward, will be the only way we communicate with you.

Step 5: Begin the Field Placement Search Process

Familiarize yourself with the Field Placement calendar, due dates, and timelines as the field placement process starts right away. The Office of Field Education has the requirements clearly outlined. After you have thoroughly read the website, additional questions can be directed to the Office of Field Education at [email protected].

Funding Opportunities

The Department of Social Work is pleased to offer funding opportunities for MSW Program students in the forms of Scholarships & Stipends. We also have several Student Employment Opportunities within the department. Visit the pages linked above for full descriptions and timelines of these opportunities.

If you have other financial aid questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid for support.

Upcoming Events - Get Out Your Calendar!

Reg-A-Palooza – April 4 through April 8, 2022

During this week long period, we will have increased advising availability to help you get registered and ready for fall. If you have holds on your account preventing registration, we encourage you to use this week to get them resolved. To schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor, call our Welcome Desk at 303-615-0555.

MSW Expert Interviews – Spring and Summer 2022

We are working to schedule a series of virtual panels with faculty experts to dive deep into the MSW curriculum – stay tuned for more information!

Fall Assembly is in August 2022 and mandatory.

Stay tuned for more information!

Planning for Your Education

Reading List

Please find the reading list below which reflects a foundational knowledge of social work. Students will be expected to know this foundational knowledge on the first day of class.

  • Kirst-Ashman, K.K. & Hull, G.H. Jr. (2014). Understanding generalist practice. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
  • Popple, P.R. & Leighninger, L. (2014). The Policy-based profession. Boston, MA: Pearson Education Inc.
  • Zastrow, C.H. & Kirst-Ashman, K.K. (2012). Understanding human behavior and the social environment. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
  • Ruben, A. & Babbie, E. (2012). Essential research methods for social work. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
  • Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (2008). Washington, DC: NASW.

Academic Advising, Registration and Schedule Planning

Attending graduate school is a tremendous commitment. As a full time student, you can expect to dedicate at least 50 hours/week in classes, studying and in field placement. The Department of Social Work has resources to help you plan for and navigate the next year as a full time advanced standing graduate student, but it is up to you to ensure you make any necessary changes in your life to ensure graduate school can fit in

  • We highly recommend that full time students do not work while in school and part time students work, if necessary, on a limited or part time basis.

Here are some helpful resources:

  • The Office of Social Work Student Services, Operations and Finance – The Office of Social Work Student Services (OSWSS) acts as your academic advisor during your time in the program. We are here to help you with academic planning, navigating the campus, and ensuring you are on track for graduation. We recommend you meet with an advisor from the OSWSS at least once per academic year. You can contact the Office of Social Work Student Services by emailing [email protected].
  • Course Scheduling – we have designed our course schedules to allow for two free days for you to be in field placement. It is important to know that your Fall course schedule may not mirror your Spring course schedule. For example, if you register for all your classes on Monday in the Fall, don’t assume you can also do this in the Spring.
    • Foundation Year Courses – Offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and some Fridays and Saturdays. We will never offer a foundation year course on a Tuesday or Thursday.
    • Concentration Year Courses – Offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Fridays and Saturdays. We will never offer a concentration year course on a Monday or Wednesday.
  • Fully Online Course Delivery – we guarantee that you will be able to take all of your required courses online. While we guarantee you a spot in online sections of all required courses, we cannot guarantee that you will get your first choice of professor.
  • Mixed Traditional Course Delivery – we guarantee that there will be a spot for you in a section of all required courses, but we cannot guarantee you will get your first choice of section. Many options will be available each semester on campus, online, and in the hybrid format.
    • If scheduling is important to you, it is very important that you make registration a top priority so you have the best chance of getting your most desired schedule.
    • Mixed Traditional students may take at least one online course during their time in the program – there is no guarantee you will be all on campus.
  • Registering for Classes – after you confirm your enrollment, the Office of Social Work Student Services will email you with registration tips and instructions. Students register via the Student Hub.
  • Advising Snapshots – you can review all required coursework on our MSW Program Options & Curriculum page. Keep this page bookmarked! It will be helpful tool through graduation and it is very important to note that the Advising Snapshots denote the mandatory sequence of MSW coursework. You must take the courses, in order, as articulated on the snapshots or you are out of sequence in the MSW Program.
  • MSW Program Writing Support Resources – these resources are recommended by the MSW Program faculty if you need any support or guidance with your writing.

If you have any questions about course scheduling or other information on this page, please contact the Office of Social Work Student Services.

Professional & Career Advising

During the fall semester, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who is  available to assist you with career planning, setting professional goals and addressing situations you may face in the classroom. This is a wonderful resource – utilize both of your advisors (academic and professional) to fully benefit from your education.