Department of Social Work
MSW Advanced Standing Program Application Information
The 2020 Admissions Cycle is now open!
The MSW Advanced Standing Program @ MSU Denver is summer-start only
The application deadline for the 2019 admissions cycle was January 15th, 2019 at 11:59 PM. We will not be accepting any late materials.
Important Dates and Deadlines
The application for the 2020 Admissions Cycle will open on September 3rd, 2019.
The final application deadline for the 2020 Admissions Cycle is January 15th, 2020 at 11:59 PM. All required materials must be submitted by this date and time for an application to be considered complete and eligible for review.
To be considered for priority admission, applicants must submit all required application materials by October 30th, 2019 at 11:59 PM.
Please note: Application processing takes 10-12 weeks after the deadline to complete.
Applicants who submit all their materials by the priority consideration deadline of October 30th 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 be granted early admission to the program, 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 the priority consideration deadline will have their application rolled forward and will receive their admission notification in spring 2020, 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.
Advanced Standing Program Eligibility
- Hold a degree from a baccalaureate, social work program accredited by CSWE, hold a degree recognized through CSWE's International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service,* or hold a degree from a program that is covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors.* The degree must have been completed within the last 6 years from the intended start semester in the MSW Program.
- Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 may still apply for admissions. If accepted, additional stipulations or conditions will be part of the admission decision.
- Completion of all required application materials as outlined below. The application materials for Advanced Standing applicants consist of several components.
*Applicants who received degrees from outside the United States should contact the department to determine eligibility
Please check out our FAQ for more eligibility information about the Advanced Standing Program
Additional Eligibility Requirements for International Applicants
International students must:
- Complete all of the same requirements as domestic students;
- Achieve a minimum score of 76 on the internet based TOEFL. For more information on testing options and support for international students, visit the Office of Graduate Studies at
- Submit the required immigration documents for issuance of an I-20;
- Complete the Office of Graduate Studies affidavit for financial support form which can be downloaded at
Required Application Materials
- MSU Denver Graduate Program Application
- $50 Application Fee
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- MSW Program Application Materials
- Professional History Form (a professional resume is optional)
- Admissions Essay (prompts will be provided)
- Case Study (case and prompt will be provide)
- Petition for Advanced Standing (if undergraduate social work degree was conferred from June 2010 to May 2014)
The MSW Admissions Committee, which is comprised of faculty members, will review complete applications only. Applicants who submit incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee and will be denied from the program. After the MSW Admissions Committee receives and reviews the application the applicants will be notified in writing of their status. Applicants may be: accepted, accepted with conditions or stipulations, waitlisted, or denied admission. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may require an interview with the applicant before an acceptance decision can be made. Students should check the MSW Program website for admission timelines.
Students who are accepted into the program typically have no additional obligations to fulfill and will receive an admission decision notification (electronic) from the Social Work Department including a welcome letter, program criteria (program, course delivery, and enrollment status), and a link to the new student pages containing next steps, information about the field placement process and an advising snapshot of the academic program they have been accepted into. The advising snapshot serves as a contract between the student and the department and cannot be altered without the approval of an advisor. Students will be required to confirm their acceptance and program criteria at the time of admission to the MSW Program to secure their "seat". The process by which to confirm enrollment will be articulated in the admission decision notification.
Accepted with Conditions or Stipulations:
Students who are accepted with conditions or stipulations into the program typically have additional obligations to fulfill either before the start of the MSW Program and/or within the first 6 credit hours of enrollment. This could include, but is not limited to: course completion, low GPA, or other items that are not in compliance with program eligibility standards. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may decide that an applicant is only eligible to take certain coursework during the first year of study under specific guidelines. These criteria, including timeline, will be outlined in the admissions decision notification (electronic). Students who do not fulfill the obligations of their conditions or stipulations will be dismissed from the MSW Program.
Students will receive an admission decision notification (electronic) from the Social Work Department including a welcome letter, program criteria (program, course delivery, and enrollment status), a link to specific infomration about the conditions or stipulations that must be met, and a link to the new student pages containing next steps, information about the field placement process and an advising snapshot of the academic program they have been accepted into. The advising snapshot serves as a contract between the student and the department and cannot be altered without the approval of an advisor. Students will be required to confirm their acceptance and program criteria at the time of admission to the MSW Program to secure their "seat". The process by which to confirm enrollment will be articulated in the admission decision notification.
Waitlist status may be extended to eligible applicants in the case where program capacity has been reached.
The Admissions Committee reserves the right to deny acceptance of any applicant. Applicants who submit incomplete applications, including transcripts and additional admissions materials will not be reviewed by the admissions committee and will be denied from the program.