The Master of Social Work degree offered by CSU features a nationally recognized advanced generalist curriculum. 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 well-being. The School of Social Work offers different programs options for completing the MSW degree. There are four campus-based programs, two 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 days - This option begins in fall and takes three years to complete, breaking down the first full-time year into two part-time years. During the majority of these years, students attend classes on campus either Monday or Tuesday of each week, with the field placement falling in their fourth semester. The final year is still 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. Part-time evenings - This part-time format takes 27 months to complete and begins during the summer term. Classes are hybrid which means that 50-75% of class time is online. During most terms, in-person classes will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 5:00 p.m. every other week. This format operates on a cohort model which currently admits students every other year. The next cohort will start in Summer 2018.
  4. 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 and have earned that degree 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.)
  5. 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 location of either Denver or Colorado Springs.
    1. The Denver cohort begins January 2017 (application deadline 6/1/16) with Advanced Standing beginning in January 2018 (application deadline 6/1/17).
    2. The next Colorado Springs cohort is projected to begin in January 2018 (application deadline 6/1/17) with Advanced Standing beginning in January 2019 (application deadline 6/1/18). For more information visit the Distance MSW Program section.
  6.  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.

The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which enables students to pursue professional licensure upon program completion. Additionally, our program is approved by the Colorado Department of Education for school social work licensure, for those students who elect to complete the additional course requirement (SOWK 560) or seek our graduate certificate in PreK-12 School Social Work. 

Effective Fall 2012

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallTotal Credits
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
Foundation Curriculum: 
SOWK 512Small Client Systems Skills Laboratory1
SOWK 588Field Placement6
SOWK 601Methods of Research II3
SOWK 611Generalist Practice-Large Client Systems3
 Total Credits13-16
Second Year
Concentration Curriculum: 
Select one from the following:2-3
Macro-Level Social Work Practice Research 
Direct Practice: Assessment and Evaluation 
SOWK 630Advanced Generalist Practice with Individuals2
SOWK 631Advanced Practice with Communities2
SOWK 633Advanced Practice: Social Welfare Policy2
SOWK 688Field Placement7
 Total Credits15-16
Concentration Curriculum: 
Select one from the following:2-3
Macro-Level Social Work Practice Research 
Direct Practice: Assessment and Evaluation 
SOWK 632Advanced Practice: Manager/Administrator3
SOWK 634Advanced Practice with Families and Groups3
SOWK 688Field Placement8
 Total Credits16-17
 Program Total Credits:60-65

A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this program