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Social Work Updates and Resources

The Department of Social Work's physical offices remain closed, but all services continue remotely. We are ready to support you via email, over the phone, or by Zoom video conferencing.

On September 24, 2020 the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) President and CEO Darla Spence Coffey, PhD, MSW, issued the following statement regarding a September 22, 2020 executive order that would limit diversity, racism, and sexism training available for federal employees, contractors, and grantees. To learn more, you can read the CSWE Statement on Diversity Training Executive Order.

Access our departmental communications, updates, and resources regarding the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

Learn more regarding official University updates and resources on COVID-19 and Safe Return to Campus.

View archived departmental communications, updates, and resources regarding COVID-19 in the Spring 2020 semester.


Becoming a social worker means making a positive impact on lives in your community and shapes your future

If you are passionate about helping to make a true difference in people’s lives and want the potential to work in a wide variety of settings you should become a social worker. The Department of Social Work at MSU Denver will help you get there with a high quality and accredited education, which includes nearly 500 hours of experience in the field. We’ll teach you how to assess social problems so you can partner with individuals, families and communities to create real solutions.

A bachelor's degree in social work provides you four semesters worth of real experience with a community agency and a master’s degree requires two to four semesters depending on if you are in the Regular or Advanced Standing Program. Our students can choose a placement among one of over 500 organizations in Colorado including mental health clinics, public schools, state and local departments of human services, police departments,  health care settings like hospitals and clinics, and many more. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited program may qualify for our Advanced Standing Program, which earns you a master’s degree in just one more year at MSU Denver.

As one of the very first graduate programs at the University, the Master of Social Work Program is one of MSU Denver’s most in-demand degrees. Conveniently located in downtown Denver, our high-quality graduate program is the most affordable in the state. Our master’s program prepares you for highly impactful advanced social work practice and optimize the leadership and management skills you’ll need to be effective in a variety of career pathways.

Our mission is to provide an inclusive, inspiring environment for undergraduate, graduate, and community education in social work that is value driven, research informed, culturally responsive, academically rigorous, and which links theory with practice.

Portrait of Tiya Shafo, MSW
"I knew one day I'd have an opportunity for education and to give back. And this is the time for me to give back. I believe I can help others as I always dreamed I could."

Tiya Shafo

MSU Denver MSW '14

Career Prospects

Among the organizations and agencies who hire social workers are:

Mental health facilities, human service agencies, youth organizations, schools and universities, hospitals, and more.

Kristin Scherrer_Social Work
Her experience in social work practice includes GLBTQ individuals and their families, women and children who were victims of violence and older adults and their families. Her clinical work focuses on how individuals and families cope with conflict and crisis, and her research examines how age, generation and cohort shape how individuals recognize themselves as having sexual minority identities and how these identities affect their family life.

K Scherrer

Associate Professor of Social Work

Our Program Options

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Contact Information

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Main Office
Central Classroom Suite 201

Office of Field Education
Central Classroom Suite 202

Office of Social Work Student Services
Central Classroom Suite 206

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Mailing Address:

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


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Our MSW and BSSW Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education - the sole accrediting body for social work education.