Social Work Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Degree Overview

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, this Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), offered through Colorado State University's School of Social Work, provides the basis for obtaining your state social work license.

Our social work master's degree features a nationally-recognized advanced generalist curriculum. This perspective recognizes that practice is informed by socio-behavioral and ecosystems knowledge rooted in ideologies that include democracy, humanism, and empowerment.

Throughout your social work courses, you will learn how to:

  • Use community resources to promote the well-being of all
  • Address the complexities of people and their interactions through a recognized body of knowledge
  • Advocate for the welfare of humankind
  • Lead direct and indirect interventions that are client-centered, problem-focused, and research-based
  • Integrate research into practice, analyze value and ethical dilemmas, and add greater depth to the provision of services

This is a part-time degree program designed for working professionals, allowing you to learn from experienced and knowledgeable CSU faculty members through a combination of face-to-face and online social work classes. We offer a traditional, three year M.S.W. program as well as a two year Advanced Standing program. To qualify for the Advanced Standing program, you must have earned a bachelor's degree in social work (B.S.W.) no more than seven years ago. For both programs, in-person instruction is held twice per semester in the spring, summer, and fall in Colorado Springs, CO and in Denver (starting spring 2017). The ability to guide client-centered interventions is crucial to success in social work careers, making these in-person sessions with student-to-student interactions and role plays an invaluable part of this social work master's degree.

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