Department of Social Work
Master of Social Work Program
MSU Denver's Master of Social Work (MSW) Program educates social workers to serve the needs of individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations in a multicultural and global society. MSU Denver's MSW Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the sole accrediting body for social work.
Our program combines academic, research and field experience into a rigorous curriculum that teaches ethical decision making, scientific inquiry, cultural sensitivity, and global awareness as well as clinical assessment and intervention skills, leadership and management skills, and community organizing.
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
At MSU Denver, students get a high level of instruction at an affordable price. Our MSW program offers:
- Small class sizes, which means you get more direct contact with your faculty and advisors.
- Classroom and field experiences that prepare you for an intense professional environment.
- A diverse faculty with broad expertise who are dedicated to your success in the program.
- Hands-on advising focused on helping you reach your educational and professional goals.
- The convenience of online, hybrid or on-campus day, night and weekend course offerings.
- The most affordable MSW program in Colorado and among the most affordable in the nation.
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
With starting wages ranging from $35,000 - $60,000, it's a good time to go into social work. Not only is social work one of the most personally fulfilling professions, it's also a career field primed for growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010-2020.
Mission & Goals
The mission of the MSW program is to educate social work leaders committed to enhancing individual and community well-being and advancing social justice. The program promotes the values and work of the profession, through teaching, service, research and collaboration.
- Prepare students to uphold social work core values.
- Prepare students to be ethical and competent practitioners.
- Prepare students to be scientifically-informed and ethical leaders in clinical and community practice.
- Prepare students for evidence-based, systems-oriented, culturally-responsive, social justice-oriented practice.
The MSW Program is rooted in the ideas of Integrative Practice:
The strength of social work is in its versatility and roots in social justice. This program will equip students to fulfill a variety of professional roles such as clinician, therapist, leader, organizer, and activist. This Integrative Practice approach to our advanced curriculum prepares students to be leaders that understand how to work effectively across multiple systems. Social workers need a holistic approach and intersectional perspective in working with client and client systems; and understand the reciprocal connections among individuals, the social environment, and policies. Social workers as leaders is a fundamental concept that requires students to engage as agents of change and develop a clinical lens that applies to all levels of practice. Students must be skilled in their use of multi-dimensional assessments and interventions in work with individuals and at the organizational and community level. In Integrative Practice, students may select to further focus their practice in one of the many pathways offered in the program.
Over 141 MSW Graduates who have taken the ASWB Clinical Exam over the last 6 years passed at a rate of 81% - that's well above the North American pass rate of 66%!