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?Your work is to discover your work
and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.

– Buddha

Jo Bailey, MSW, Ph.D.To be a social worker … the journey to fulfill a calling.  If you’ve just newly come upon social work and the realization that this is the profession for you, or, if you already have a BSW and years of experience in the field, welcome.  Welcome to an inspiring profession and discipline.  Welcome to MSU Denver.  And, welcome to our MSW Program. 

As a value-based profession housed in a university, we are guided by professional ethics and standards for practice while offering intellectual growth and opportunities for discovery.  The MSU Denver MSW Program is dedicated to preparing master social workers for ethical, justice-oriented and empowering clinical intervention, leadership, program management and advocacy. 

Your journey to be an MSW will be an exciting adventure.  Social work is a rewarding profession, filled with people committed to making a difference in the lives of others.  You’ll find your work as a graduate student, like that of a social worker, difficult but always worth it. In the end, if you’ve done what you can and need to do, you’ll have contributed to positive change. 

We understand you have choices in graduate programs, and as you make this important decision to expand your education, we think you’ll find our program offers a unique opportunity for personal and professional development.  Here are just a few of the reasons to continue your education with us:

The faculty – Our faculty are a diverse group of experts who seek to engage and challenge you as you acquire new knowledge and hone your skills.  The faculty have a breadth of experience in both practice and research in areas such as child welfare, gerontology, behavioral health, counseling, program management, international social work, and the law and are ready to help you navigate the professional principles and knowledge-base needed for justice-oriented, empowering social work practice.

The staff – Our knowledgeable staff are eager to help guide you on your journey.  We have a professional advising team and field office who work closely with you to plan your studies in a way to balance your responsibilities while, at the same time, help ensure you get the skills you want and need for informed, transformative practice in the field.

The students– Our students are willing to grow, motivated to learn, and dedicated to the community and go on to become leading professionals in the field in the Denver Metro area, the state, and the region.

The experience – Our fully accredited program has been developed to prepare social workers ready to lead.  Our interesting coursework is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills for ethical practice with diverse populations. Our course offerings are flexible (day, night and weekend) and accessible in a variety of formats (face-to-face, hybrid, and online).  And, with 1080 hours of field practicum, you will graduate with the real-world experience employers seek.

The value – Our expert faculty and staff and flexible scheduling options are complemented by high affordability, with the best value for graduate-level social work education in the region.

Come, journey with us.  Realize your goal to make a difference in the world and become a Master’s level social worker with MSU Denver, the university of THE transformative journey.

Best to you –

Jo Daugherty Bailey, Ph.D., MSW

MSW Program Director


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Main Office
Central Classroom Suite 201

Office of Field Education
Central Classroom Suite 202

Office of Social Work Student Services
Central Classroom Suite 206

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Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Social Work
PO Box 173362 CB 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362


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Our MSW and BSSW Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education - the sole accrediting body for social work education.