The Master of Social Work (MSW) 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 that combines the MSW degree with a Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH). 

  1. Full Program  – This is the standard two-year program, starting every fall, with on-campus and in-person instruction. Students in this program complete three elective courses which enables them to complete one of five graduate certificate programs  offered by the School of Social Work if they choose to do so.  
  2.  Part-time – This option begins in the fall and allows students to complete the degree in three to four years, in accordance with schedule planning created in collaboration with the MSW advisor.
  3. Advanced Standing – 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, beginning with the summer term. (Schedule here.)
  4. Advanced Standing, Part-time –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 two part-time years of study beginning with the summer term.  
  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 locations of Denver,  Boulder, and Fort Collins. For additional information please visit the Distance MSW Program website.
  6.  MSW/MPH Dual Degree – In partnership with Colorado School of Public Health, the School of Social Work offers a dual degree MSW/MPH program. For information visit the MSW/MPH section.

Effective Fall 2018

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
Foundation Curriculum: 
SOWK 500Principles and Philosophy of Social Work3
SOWK 511Small Systems Practice Skills3
SOWK 515Theoretical Foundations for Social Work3
SOWK 530Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice3
Elective13
 Total Credits15
Spring
Foundation Curriculum: 
SOWK 520Social Welfare Policy and Advocacy3
SOWK 588Field Placement6
SOWK 592Integrative Foundation Field Seminar1
Electives13-6
 Total Credits13-16
Summer
Foundation Curriculum: 
Elective10-3
 Total Credits0-3
Second Year
Fall
Advanced Curriculum: 
SOWK 600Methods of Research3
SOWK 630Advanced Generalist Practice with Individuals3
SOWK 633Contemporary Issues in Social Welfare Policy3
SOWK 688Field Placement7
Elective10-3
 Total Credits16-19
Spring
Advanced Curriculum: 
SOWK 631Advanced Community Practice3
SOWK 634Advanced Practice with Families and Groups3
SOWK 688Field Placement8
SOWK 698Advanced Research and Social Work Capstone3
 Total Credits17
 Program Total Credits:64

A minimum of 64 credits are required to complete this program