Department of Social Work
MSW Students and Classrooms
December 13, 2017
MSW Students at MSU Denver
In the 2017-18 academic year:
- 54% of MSW Program students are age 29 or younger, while 46% are age 30 or older.
- 89% of MSW Program students identify as female, while 11% identify as male.
- 69% of MSW Program students identify as white, with 30% identifying as students of color, and 1% declining to provide information.
Diversity is one of the core values at MSU Denver, and the MSW Program takes this value to heart. As a student in the MSW Program, you learn just as much from your classmates and their life experiences as you do from your faculty and textbooks.
Over the past three academic years, the MSW Program has grown steadily more diverse in both age and race/ethnicity:
- The percentage of students over the age of 30 has increased 4% from 42% to 46%
- The percentage of students of color has increased 6% from 24% to 30%
Classrooms & Faculty
Class sizes are kept small in the MSW Program. Foundation year courses tend to be slightly larger with class size going down in concentration year. Our average classroom size in the 2016-17 academic year was 15 students, and we never had a class with more than 25-27 students.
Our faculty to student ratio is also kept low. Every student in our program is assigned a faculty advisor, who is their go to for topics such as the field, difficulties in the classroom, what comes after graduation, mentoring, etc. Every student also has access to a team of academic advisors located within the Office of Social Work Student Services to assist with registration and academic planning.