The Master of Social Work degree offered by CSU features a nationally recognized advanced generalist curriculum that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Students are prepared for roles as social work practitioners in complex, diverse, and dynamic settings and learn to promote human rights and individual, community, and global health and well-being. The School of Social Work offers different program options for completing the MSW degree. There are full-time and part-time campus-based programs, part-time distance learning options, and a dual degree MSW-MPH. All of our program options utilize a cohort model.

  1. Full-time two year – This is the standard two year program. It follows the cohort model, starting every fall. Students attend full-time for four semesters - fall, spring, and the following fall and spring on campus, in-person instruction. (Schedule here.)
  2. Part-time three year – This option begins in fall and takes three years to complete, breaking down the first full-time year into two part-time years. The final year is a full-time year, as the field placement requirement cannot be reduced. The schedule for this final year is identical to the full-time program’s second year.
  3. Advanced Standing On Campus – This option is available only to those who have earned a BSW from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education within the past seven years. The BSW degree must be granted prior to the beginning of advanced standing classes. Students attend one full year consisting of three semesters, starting with the summer term. (Schedule here.)
  4. Distance Learning options – The School of Social Work also offers a part-time hybrid program that utilizes online and in-person instruction based at the cohort locations of Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder/Longmont. For additional information please visit the Distance MSW Program website.
  5.  MSW/MPH Dual Degree – In partnership with Colorado School of Public Health, the School of Social Work will be offering a dual degree MSW/MPH program. For information visit the MSW/MPH section.

Effective Fall 2012

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
Foundation Curriculum: 
SOWK 500Principles and Philosophy of Social Work3
SOWK 511Generalist Practice-Small Client Systems3
SOWK 515Theoretical Foundations for Social Work4
SOWK 520Social Welfare Policy Analysis3
SOWK 600Methods of Research I3
 Total Credits16
Spring
Foundation Curriculum: 
SOWK 512Small Client Systems Skills Laboratory1
SOWK 588Field Placement6
SOWK 601Methods of Research II3
SOWK 611Generalist Practice-Large Client Systems3
Elective0-3
 Total Credits13-16
Second Year
Fall
Concentration Curriculum: 
Select one from the following:2-3
Macro-Level Social Work Practice Research 
Direct Practice: Assessment and Evaluation 
Thesis 
SOWK 630Advanced Generalist Practice with Individuals2
SOWK 631Advanced Practice with Communities2
SOWK 633Advanced Practice: Social Welfare Policy2
SOWK 688Field Placement7
 Total Credits15-16
Spring
Concentration Curriculum: 
Select one from the following:2-3
Macro-Level Social Work Practice Research 
Direct Practice: Assessment and Evaluation 
Thesis 
SOWK 632Advanced Practice: Manager/Administrator3
SOWK 634Advanced Practice with Families and Groups3
SOWK 688Field Placement8
 Total Credits16-17
 Total Credits60-65

A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this program