Graduate School of Social Work University of Denver

Graduate School of Social Work University of Denver

Denver, CO
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
4 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


A Graduate Degree in Social Work Provides Numerous Career Opportunities

GSSW is committed to academic innovation aimed at helping students achieve their personal and professional goals in social work. This is not a "one-size-fits-all" Master of Social Work (MSW) education. GSSW's new MSW curriculum allows students to specialize in 1 of 8 concentrations: child welfare; children and youth - risks and positive development; family systems; aging services and policy; health and wellness; mental health; organizational leadership, advocacy and policy; and community development and global sustainability. Students can also combine their chosen specialties with a unique certificate program, including: "Animal-Assisted Social Work," "Couples & Family Therapy," and "Social Work with Latinos/as." Best of all, students will begin their specializations after just 2 quarters of study, giving students the freedom to choose more elective courses that are of particular interest to them. That's something students won't find in most MSW programs.

The University of Denver's interdisciplinary dual and cooperative graduate degrees, in law, international studies, theology, or another field of a student's choice, multiply student options still further.

Students' required field internships are a highlight of their MSW educations, and GSSW offers students an exceptional array of choices. In fact, there are more than 600 internship sites from which to choose. Unlike many MSW programs, GSSW allows students to interview agencies and choose internship sites that are just right for them. If they're interested in international social work, they will find an increasing number of courses and internships available overseas. Even in today's volatile economy, the flexibility of a social work degree gives students an almost unlimited variety of career options, both here and abroad.

The Graduate School of Social Work is Known for its Outstanding Faculty

"US News & World Report" ranks the GSSW Master of Social Work (MSW) program in the top 11% of all accredited MSW programs in the nation. And the GSSW program never stops looking for ways to improve.

With MSW classes averaging just 18 students, each student finds that learning at GSSW is highlighted by lively discussions and frequent collaborations among students and their instructors. Many of the faculty members bring years of clinical and community service experience to the classroom.

In fact, at GSSW, students learn from some of the best teachers, committed practitioners, and passionate researchers around. GSSW's current faculty includes recipients of the university's Distinguished Scholar Award, Distinguished Teaching Award, University Lecturer Award, and awards from the Center for Multicultural Excellence. GSSW faculty members were named Public Good Fellows and Public Good Faculty of the Year in both 2011 and 2012. Many others have received recognition for their community services, as well as numerous national and international professional honors. Over the past decade, 2 GSSW faculty members and several graduates were named Colorado's Social Workers of the Year.

GSSW faculty and PhD students are conducting a wide variety of research, training, and technical assistance projects affecting individuals, families, and communities. Field instructors help students apply classroom learning to "real world" situations as they complete Master of Social Work internships that develop their own practice skills. Whether students want to become effective bilingual clinicians, influential policy analysts, successful community organizers, or nationally recognized scholars, they'll find outstanding faculty members and mentors at GSSW.

In the Heart of Denver, GSSW Blends a Sense of Community with an Active, Healthy Lifestyle

GSSW's nearly 400 MSW and PhD students come from every state and from dozens of countries around the world. Colorado offers unparalleled natural beauty, a mild climate, and an active, healthy lifestyle. With the mountains virtually at students' doorsteps, they'll find plenty of ways to enjoy the multitude of sunny days each year.

With a population of over half a million people, Denver is one of the country's most exciting, yet livable cities. Here students can explore the country's most extensive urban bike trail system, shop at an Asian market, eat at a Middle Eastern restaurant, or hop on the light rail for a night on the town. Denver also offers substantial ethnic and cultural diversity, a microcosm of social issues, and more than 600 field internship options from which students can choose. As Colorado's state capital, Denver is an ideal location for students seeking to understand and influence public policy.

The campus -- a garden-filled arboretum -- is right in the heart of this thriving, dynamic urban community. With just over 11,000 students, the university's unique medium size pairs the academic challenge typical of larger research institutions with the quality and personalized attention of smaller private colleges.

At GSSW, students will find "community" in every sense of the word: small classes that encourage your students' active participation, accessible faculty members who'll know students by name, mentors who'll help students achieve their goals, and life-long friends who share their commitment to social justice and positive change.

Location & Contact

Graduate School of Social Work

University of Denver

2148 South High Street
Denver, CO 80208
United States

Dr. James Williams


Phone: 303-871-2203

Colin Schneider

Director of Enrollment Management

Phone: 303-871-3634
Fax: 303-871-2845

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate
    • Social Work With Latinos/As Certificate
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Social Work Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 264
    • Doctoral Degrees 4
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 160
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


74% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 829
    • Accepted 619
    • Acceptance Rate 74
    • Enrolled 312
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degrees20 undergraduate semester hours in the arts and humanities, social/behavioral sciences, and biological sciences
    • Doctoral's Degreesmaster's degree in social work or in one of the social sciences with substantial professional experience in the social work field; two years of post-master's practice experience (preferred)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 587 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableTeaching Assistantships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students509
    • Female Percentage88%
    • Male Percentage12%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students509
    • Part-time Percentage2%
    • Full-time Percentage98%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian82%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian1%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown2%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty135
    • Full-time Percentage25%
    • Part-time Percentage75%
    • Female Percentage80%
    • Male Percentage20%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchChild welfare, adolescent development, mental health, international development, gerontology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$4,200,000




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