Department of Social Work
MSW Program Basics
August 28, 2018
The MSW Program @ MSU Denver has been accredited since 2011 by the Council on Social Work Education, the sole accrediting body for social work programs in the United States. 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 education standards – our program was just re-accredited in spring 2017 after going through the review process!
The MSW Program @ MSU Denver has two program options. Eligibility for each program is based on your undergraduate degree.
The Regular Program is for students whose undergraduate degree is not in social work. Students accepted into this program will complete 60 credit hours of graduate social work courses – 30 credits of foundation year coursework and 30 credits of concentration year coursework.
The Advanced Standing Program is for students whose undergraduate degree is in social work from a program accredited by CSWE and was conferred within the last six years. Students accepted into this program will complete 36 credit hours of graduate social work courses – 6 credits of bridge program coursework and 30 credits of concentration year coursework.
Accepted students may complete the MSW Program either full time or part time. When applying for the program, students will indicate which enrollment option they are applying for.
Students who are enrolled in the program full time will take 15 credits per semester. The Regular Program takes 2 years to complete full time, and the Advanced Standing Program takes 1 year to complete full time.
Students who are enrolled in the program part time will take 6 to 9 credits per semester depending on where they are in the program. The Regular Program takes 4 years to complete part time, and the Advanced Standing Program takes 2 years to complete part time.
Course Delivery Methods
There are two course delivery methods for the MSW Program. When applying for the program, students will indicate which delivery method they are applying for. For detailed information on course delivery, click here.
In the Fully Online course delivery method, students take all of their courses online and are guaranteed a spot in online sections of all required courses.
In the Mixed Traditional course delivery method, students take classes online, on campus, and/or in the hybrid format. Registration is first come first served, so while we guarantee that there will be a spot for all accepted students in a section of all required courses, it may not be your first choice of section.