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The BSSW Program has been continuously accredited since 1997 by the Council on Social Work Education, the sole accrediting body for social work programs in the U.S. Accreditation assures that professional standards are met in curriculum content and delivery. Accredited programs periodically undergo rigorous review by CSWE in order to ensure compliance with educational standards.
Students must apply to the BSSW Major in the spring semester prior to the fall semester in which the student intends to start the BSSW Program. If you are on our BSSW Prospective Student list, you will be notified when the application becomes available. For the most up to date information about the application process, please visit our BSSW Program application page.
We admit students in the spring semester for a fall semester start. Our coursework is sequential and only starts in the fall of every year.
The BSSW program (upper division coursework) is 54 credit hours. To obtain an undergraduate degree from MSU Denver, students must complete a total of 120 credits and fulfill all general studies and graduation requirements. For more information, please visit our BSSW Program Options and Curriculum page.
Full time students take 12-15 credits per semester (4-5 courses) and part time students take 6-9 credits per semester (2-3 courses). For more information, please visit our BSSW Program Options and Curriculum page.
We do offer some summer courses to lighten the course work through the regular academic year. We recommend student check summer schedule and confirm they are eligible for the coursework.
The BSSW Program curriculum is delivered within a two year (full time) or three year (part time) highly structured format. Students take Social Work coursework in sequence and should take that into consideration when planning education, work and other commitments. The junior year (3000-level) required courses must be completed before you can move on to Field placement and the senior year (4000-level) required courses.
Your field placement will be sixteen hours a week for a total of 240 hours per semester. Think of this as two full eight hour days, although the schedule typically depends on the needs of the agency.
Students can attend courses in either the Mixed Traditional format (taking courses on campus day, on campus night, in the hybrid format, or online) or in the Fully Online format (all courses are taken online and students are guaranteed a spot in online sections of all required courses). Due to the sequential nature of the coursework it is important for students to follow the plan of completion agreed upon at the time of admission. Students in the Mixed Traditional course delivery option should expect to be on campus at least one or two days a week depending on their course selection.
Yes, you will be assigned a faculty advisor and an academic advisor at the time of admission into the Social Work Department. You can contact academic advisors in the Office of Social Work Student Services by emailing [email protected].