Department of Social Work
Advising and Course Planning Resources
Advising Snapshots are quick 1-2 page charts that will give you a guide to program completion. Students can rest assured that they are taking the courses in the right order when following the plan. The Advising Snapshots provide both part-time and full-time options.
- BSSW Program Advising Chart
- Social Work Minor Advising Chart
- MSW Regular Program Advising Snapshot
- MSW Advanced Standing Program Advising Snapshot
Human Services, Psychology, and Social Work Major Map
If you are unclear on what social work is, how it could fit into your career goals, or what the difference is between social work, human services, and psychology, check out the Human Services, Psychology, and Social Work Majors Map.
Forms and Policies
Below are links to forms and policies students may find useful during their MSU Denver journey. Click the drop down for more information about each form or policy.
- Adding a course after the start of the semester (late add request)
- Requesting a section switch mid-semester
- Requesting a section switch for a linked course
This request should include the current section the student is registered for (for section switches), the section they would like to switch to or be added to (for section switch and late add requests), and the reason they are requesting this switch after the deadline. The Office of Social Work Student Services, Administration, and Finance will reach out to the student via email when a decision has been made or if additional information is needed.
Note: Submitting a request does not guarantee approval and the request will only be reviewed if there are extenuating circumstances. A decision will be made on a case by case basis and if there is space in the new/requested section.
A student who is concerned about the completion of a course may request a grade of Incomplete. It is up to the student to review the policy, complete the departmental incomplete form, and request approval from the instructor prior to the end of the semester. Incompletes are not automatic; it is at the discretion of the faculty member whether to grant an incomplete in all circumstances.
MSW Program Departmental Note: MSW students who have been granted an incomplete must complete the Incomplete Form in collaboration with the faculty member. Any outstanding incomplete at the start of the following semester will initiate an automatic performance review and could result in an altered academic plan. MSW students are not allowed to have more than one outstanding "incomplete" at one time. This status will initiate an automatic performance review and the student will not be in good academic standing. Refer to the Sequential Coursework Policy and consult with Office of Social Work Student Services advisors (firstname.lastname@example.org) to see how this may impact you.
BSSW Program Departmental Note: BSSW students who have been granted an incomplete must complete the Incomplete Form in collaboration with the faculty member. Any outstanding incomplete at the start of the following semester will initiate an automatic performance review. Refer to the Sequential Coursework Policy and consult with Office of Social Work Student Services advisors to see how this may impact you.
University Policy: The Incomplete (I) notation may be assigned when a student, who was achieving satisfactory progress in a course and who had completed most class assignments, is unable to take the final examination and/or did not complete all class assignments due to unusual circumstances such as hospitalization or disability. Incomplete work denoted by the Incomplete "I" notation must be complete within one calendar year or earlier, at the discretion of the faculty member. If the incomplete work is not completed within one year, the "I" notation will convert to an "F." Students must have completed at least 75% of the course work to qualify for consideration for an Incomplete. The student must be passing the course in order to be granted an Incomplete. The course counts toward the student’s attempted hours, does not count toward earned hours, and is not calculated in the GPA or quality points.
Determination of eligibility does not guarantee that an incomplete will be granted. Students who meet the qualifications may request an incomplete from the faculty member who is teaching the course. The decision to grant an incomplete is up to the faculty member or at the department chair’s discretion. The decision to grant an incomplete as an accommodation based on a student’s disability shall be made by the faculty member or the department chair, if the faculty member is not available, in consultation with the Director of the Access Center. If an incomplete is granted, the student and instructor should fill out and sign an Incomplete Agreement form to clarify what the student needs to do to complete the course.