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MSW Regular Program

If your undergraduate degree is not in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, you must complete the full, 60 semester hours Master of Social Work program, including certain prerequisites. The MSW Regular Program begins in the fall semesters.


Pathways and Electives

In the MSW Program at MSU Denver, students may select to further focus their practice in one of the many pathways offered in the program. Pathways are advising recommendations of electives that help students enhance learning in special areas. Students are not required to pick a pathway, but we offer them as an enrichment to the MSW Program. Students are free to take electives from any pathway they choose. With pathways, students are given more choice in their education. Students do not start a pathway until the concentration year.

The current pathway offerings include:

  • Children and Families
    • Students are prepared to work effectively with families and family systems in ways that promote healthy family functioning. They will learn to work with organizations and communities in ways to support youth and families. Students are also prepared to work with abused and neglected youth, their families and caregivers, supporting social service agencies, and the Department of Human Services child welfare delivery system.
  • Mental Health
    • Students are prepared for effective multilevel practice with populations experiencing, or at-risk for, behavioral health/mental health and/or substance abuse concerns. Students learn specialized skills on how to practice directly with clients and client groups
  • Leadership and Management
    • Students are prepared to take on leadership roles such as program managers, agency directors, policy analysts, program evaluators, and community organizers. Students learn the skills needed to develop, administer, and enhance programs.
  • School Social Work
    • Students are prepared for how to effectively work with and within private schools and the public school system. Students are prepared to work with various at-risk children including those who have emotional and developmental challenges, abused and neglected youth, their families and caregivers, and support social service agencies.
  • Gerontological Social Work
    • Students are prepared to work with older adults and their families and caregivers. They receive training and skills necessary to address psychosocial issues of aging, health and mental health issues, the network of aging services, and social policies affecting older adults.
  • Social Work in Health Care
    • Prepares students to practice in health promotion, integrated health care and other healthcare settings with populations with, or at-risk for, acute and chronic health conditions. Students are trained as leaders in the health field, equipped to address health related concerns at all levels in multidisciplinary environments. Typical field placements settings include prevention programs, public health, community health agencies, hospitals and clinics.
  • Children and Youth
    • Students are prepared for how to effectively work with children and youth in various settings for effective multilevel practice. Students are prepared to work with various at-risk children including those who have emotional and developmental challenges, abused and neglected youth, their families and caregivers, and support social service agencies.

The following electives are approved by the Department of Social Work. If an elective counts within a pathway, it is indicated below. As a reminder, students are not required to choose a pathway and can select any of the electives offered in order to meet their learning goals.

  • SWKM 6625 - Crisis Intervention and Response to Interpersonal Violence
    • Pathways: Children and Families, Mental Health, School Social Work, Social Work in Health Care, Children and Youth
  • SWKM 6630 - Social Work in Health and Integrated Practice
    • Pathways: Mental Health, Leadership and Management, Gerontological Social Work, Social Work in Health Care
  • SWKM 6635 - School-Based Social Work
    • Pathways: Children and Families, Mental Health, School Social Work, Children and Youth
  • SWKM 6640 - Social Work Supervision
    • Pathways: Children and Families, Mental Health, Leadership and Management
  • SWKM 6645 - Organizational Development and Change
    • Pathways: Children and Families, Mental Health, Leadership and Management, Gerontological Social Work, Social Work in Health Care
  • SWKM 6650 - The DSM for Social Work
    • Pathways: Children and Families, Mental Health, School Social Work, Gerontological Social Work, Social Work in Health Care
  • SWKM 6655 - Therapeutic Use of Groups
    • Pathways: Children and Families, Mental Health, Gerontological Social Work, Social Work in Health Care, Children and Youth
  • SWKM 6660 - Experiential Practice
    • Pathways: Children and Families, Mental Health, Children and Youth
  • SWKM 6665 - Adventure & Wilderness-Based Practice
    • Pathways: Mental Health, Children and Youth
  • SWKM 6670 - Trauma-Informed Social Work Practice
    • Pathways: Children and Families, Mental Health, School Social Work, Gerontological Social Work, Social Work and Health Care, Children and Youth
  • SWKM 6675 - Chronic and Serious Illness: Advanced Practice Skills
    • Pathways: Mental Health, Gerontological Social Work, Social Work and Health Care
  • SWKM 6680 - Vital Skills for Late Life Populations
    • Pathways: Mental Health, Gerontological Social Work, Social Work and Health Care
  • SWKM 6685 - Couples and Family Therapy
    • Pathways: Mental Health, School Social Work, Gerontological Social Work, Children and Youth
  • SWKM 6690 - Variable Topics in Social Work
    • Pathways: Consult with Graduate Advising Services Coordinator for Pathway Eligibility
  • SWKM 690C - Social Documentary and Social Work
    • Pathways: Consult with Graduate Advising Services Coordinator for Pathway Eligibility
  • SWKM 690F - Human Trafficking
    • Pathways: Children and Families, Mental Health, Leadership and Management, Children and Youth
  • SWKM 690G - Maternal and Infant Mental Health
    • Pathways: Children and Families, Mental Health, Social Work and Health Care, Children and Youth
  • SWKM 690H - Justice, Equity and the Law in Child Welfare
    • Pathways: Children and Families, Mental Health, Leadership and Management, School Social Work, Children and Youth

Please note - not all electives will be offered every semester. Make sure to check the course schedule for the current semester to determine what electives are offered.


Full Time Plan

Download a MSW Regular Program Advising Snapshot. The Advising Snapshots demonstrate the required sequence of coursework and any deviation form the plans must be approved by the Office of Social Work Student Services.

Required Foundation Coursework


FALL - Year 1

SWKM 5400 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3)

SWKM 5425 Privilege, Oppression, and Power (3)

SWKM 5450 Social Policy Analysis (3)

SWKM 5600 Generalist Practice I (3)

SWKM 5625 Field Experience I (3)*

TOTAL: 15 credits

SPRING - Year 1

SWKM 5475 Legal Issues in Social Work Practice (3)

SWKM 5500 Research Methods in Social Work (3)

SWKM 5575 Groups, Teams, and Leadership (3)

SWKM 5650 Generalist Practice II (3)

SWKM 5675 Field Experience II (3)*

TOTAL: 15 credits

Note: Foundation Field Placement consists of 16 hours/week at an agency.

* Linked courses, student must enroll in the same section for both fall and spring semesters.

Required Concentration Coursework


FALL - Year 2

SWKM 6700 Capstone I (3)†

SWKM 6725 Field Experience III (3)‡

SWKM 6425 Advanced Integrative Practice: Leadership (3)

SWKM 6450 Advanced Integrative Practice: Clinical (3)

SWKM Elective (3)

TOTAL: 15 credits

SPRING - Year 2

SWKM 6750 Capstone II (3)†

SWKM 6775 Field Experience IV (3)‡

SWKM 6475 Advanced Policy and Advocacy (3)

SWKM Elective (3)

SWKM Elective (3)

TOTAL: 15 credits

Note: Concentration Field Placement consists of 20 hours/week at an agency.

† Linked courses, student must enroll in the same section for both fall and spring semesters.

‡ Linked courses, student must enroll in the same section for both fall and spring semesters.


Part Time Plan

Download a MSW Regular Program Advising Snapshot. The Advising Snapshot demonstrates the required sequence of coursework and any deviation from the plans must be approved by the Office of Social Work Student Services.

Required Foundation Coursework


FALL - Year 1

SWKM 5400 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3)

SWKM 5425 Privilege, Oppression, and Power (3)

SWKM 5450 Social Policy Analysis (3)

TOTAL: 9 credits

SPRING - Year 1

SWKM 5475 Legal Issues in Social Work Practice (3)

SWKM 5500 Research Methods in Social Work (3)

SWKM 5575 Groups, Teams, and Leadership (3)

TOTAL: 9 credits

FALL - Year 2

SWKM 5600 Generalist Practice I (3)

SWKM 5625 Field Experience I (3)*

TOTAL: 6 credits

SPRING - Year 2

SWKM 5650 Generalist Practice II (3)

SWKM 5675 Field Experience II (3)*

TOTAL: 6 credits

Note: Foundation Field Placement consists of 16 hours/week at an agency.

* Linked courses, student must enroll in the same section for both fall and spring semesters.

Required Concentration Coursework


FALL - Year 3

SWKM 6425 Advanced Integrative Practice: Leadership (3)

SWKM 6450 Advanced Integrative Practice: Clinical (3)

SWKM Elective (3)

TOTAL: 9 credits

SPRING - Year 3

SWKM 6475 Advanced Policy and Advocacy (3)

SWKM Elective (3)

SWKM Elective (3)

TOTAL: 9 credits

FALL - Year 4

SWKM 6700 Capstone I (3)†

SWKM 6725 Field Experience III (3)‡

TOTAL: 6 credits

SPRING - Year 4

SWKM 6750 Capstone II (3)†

SWKM 6775 Field Experience IV (3)‡

TOTAL: 6 credits

Note: Concentration Field Placement consists of 20 hours/week at an agency.

† Linked courses, student must enroll in the same section for both fall and spring semesters.

‡ Linked courses, student must enroll in the same section for both fall and spring semesters.


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Contact Information

Main Office Phone:

303-615-0555

Location:

Main Office
Central Classroom Suite 201

Office of Field Education
Central Classroom Suite 202

Office of Social Work Student Services
Central Classroom Suite 206

Maps and Parking

Mailing Address:

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


Accreditation

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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.