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 2021:

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

It is very important to let us know your decision! Make sure to fill out this form by April 15, 2021 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 Stipulations

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

Step 3: Set up your MSU Denver NetID account

Your NetID is your single sign-on used to log into many University resources.

Step 4: Activate your email at 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.

Funding Opportunities

The Department of Social Work is pleased to offer several funding opportunities. Full descriptions and timelines of these opportunities are on our website at Scholarships & Stipends.

Students in need of other types of financial aid, including loans and grants, should work with the Office of Financial Aid.

Upcoming Events - Get Out Your Calendar!

Fall Assembly is in August 2021 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 part time student, you can expect to dedicate at least 30 hours/week in classes and studying during year one and at least 40 hours/week during year two when you will be at a field placement. The Department of Social Work has resources to help you plan for and navigate the next 2 years as a part 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, Finance and Administration – 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 Tuesday in the Fall, don’t assume you can also do this in the Spring.
    • 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 Advanced Standing Program Advising 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.