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Phi Alpha Honor Society

Becoming a member of the Phi Alpha National Honor Society is a wonderful recognition of all the hard work students are doing for academic excellence. Phi Alpha is an honor and a group of social work students that support one another through the demands of the MSU Denver social work program.

History

The concept of a national social work honor society came from a group of undergraduate social work students at Michigan State University in 1960. Investigation revealed that local chapters existed at three schools. Those three schools along with a few other schools formed a National Honor Society Committee in November, 1960.

For more than a year this committee worked on the constitution and other administrative matters. The name Phi Alpha and the key were adopted from the local chapter which existed at Florida State University. The constitution and formal organization were complete in 1962, and six chapters qualified to become "charter chapters." They were: Florida State University, Michigan State University, Ohio Northern University, Central State College, University of Dayton and the University of Tennessee. Over 155 chapters are now in existence, and the addition of new chapters is continuing.

Phi Alpha offers membership to social work students, faculty and practitioners, and each chapter is free to develop a program to meet local needs. The National Council is the policy-making body and meets each year at the time and place of the Annual program meeting of CSWE. Each chapter has one voting representative on the Council.

Membership and Eligibility

BSSW Eligibility for Membership

MSU Denver Epsilon Lambda Chapter eligibility is verified by the Office of Social Work Student Services after grades post for the Fall Semester.  Students are inducted the following Spring semester.

An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements:

  1. Declared social work as a major
  2. Completion of at least 9 credits of required 3000/4000-level social work coursework.
  3. Achieved a minimum MSU Denver overall GPA of 3.5
  4. Achieved a minimum Social Work GPA of 3.75

MSW Eligibility for Membership

MSU Denver Epsilon Lambda Chapter eligibility is verified by the Office of Social Work Student Services after grades post for the Fall Semester.  Students are inducted the following Spring semester.

A Graduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements:

  • Completion of 9 graduate level social work credits.
  • A GPA of 3.75 or higher

Membership Process

  1. Every year in January, Phi Alpha will put out an email request for membership applications. Potential members will complete the Phi Alpha Online Membership Application and demonstrate their eligibility with their degree progress report. Students will then be notified of their status.
  2. National Phi Alpha membership dues include a onetime fee of $30 for each new chapter member. Scholarships are available, please inquire with faculty sponsor. This fee is due at time of application. If for any reason you are not eligible, this money will be refunded immediately.
  3. The Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony is organized by all Phi Alpha members with the support from the Phi Alpha Faculty Advisor and is conducted on Honors Celebration every spring. Members are presented with certificates of membership.
  4. Graduation cords, Medallions, plaques, pins, and paperweights are available for members to purchase for the Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony and Graduation.
  5. The MSU Denver chapter of Phi Alpha elects student officers each year. Officers may serve multiple year terms and move from the BSSW to MSW programs. Members vote for the BSW and MSW Phi Alpha officers every year.
  6. All Phi Alpha members are required to participate in the Phi Alpha community service project organized by the Phi Alpha officers and members to maintain membership.

Phi Alpha Advisors

MSU Denver Faculty Advisor: Ann Obermann, LCSW, PhD

MSU Denver Administrative Advisor: Kayla Duensing

  • For general information about Phi Alpha, please feel free to contact Ann Obermann at aoberma1@msudenver.edu
  • For membership applications, fees, or graduation cord orders, please contact Kayla Duensing at kduensin@msudenver.edu 

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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

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation logo

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