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Research Assistant Program

Department of Social Work

The Research Assistant (RA) Program facilitates opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in faculty/administrator research, scholarly, and creative endeavors. Work may include preparation of research materials, analysis of data, literature review, conference preparation, or other similar tasks associated with academic scholarship.

The RA must be able to function in a fast-paced, demanding educational environment. The ideal candidate is someone who pays attention to detail, is thorough, organized, a quick-learner, works independently with little supervision, can make sound decisions, and is committed to supporting the mission and values of the Department of Social Work and MSU Denver.

To learn more about the research and practice areas of our faculty and staff, please visit the Faculty/Staff pages.

Students must apply to the position to be added to the RA Pool (see application link below). When openings become available, qualified students will be matched with faculty/administration needing support.


  • Work under the direction of one or more faculty/administrative members assisting them with current research, scholarly or creative projects.
  • Identify and analyze literature relevant to the projects undertaken.
  • Prepare materials for research studies.
  • Assist in the gathering of data related to projects assigned, which may include but is not limited to conducting interviews, and pulling, organizing, and/or entering data.
  • Assist in the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Assist in the preparation of drafts of reports of projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • Current Master of Social Work Student or senior Bachelor of Science in Social Work Student in good standing.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous research experience
  • Proficiency with APA, MS Word, MS Excel
  • Familiarity with SPSS or equivalent quantitative analysis software
  • Familiarity with QSR or equivalent qualitative analysis software
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Application Process:

Students interested in applying to the RA pool will fill out the RA Application.

Please note: the application will require submission of an updated resume.

For More Information, contact:

Melissa Grogan Gore | Administrative and Financial Services Coordinator

Office of Social Work Student Services, Administration & Finance | 303-605-7037  

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Contact Information

Main Office Phone:



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.