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

Degree Overview

Master's in Social Work, Colorado State University

Earn your M.S.W. degree from CSU

Colorado State University's program features a nationally recognized advanced generalist approach, ensuring you develop a robust skill set during your master's in social work. CSU prepares you to be a social work practitioner in complex, diverse, and dynamic settings, with the skills to promote human rights and individual, community, and global well-being.

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.

Specialize by earning a certificate along with a master's in social work

Simultaneous to earning your Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree, you can gain specialized knowledge by pursuing one of the following graduate certificates:

Gain applicable social work skills and field experience

The master's in social work provides a solid background in a wide range of social work applications and offers you the opportunity to gain field experience in a social service agency. Through required field placement(s), you will have the opportunity to complete nearly 1,000 field hours. There you will apply the knowledge, values, and skills you learn throughout the program in a social work agency setting.

World-class instruction from experienced faculty

Learn from knowledgeable and respected Colorado State University instructors through a combination of classroom and online coursework. In 2014, the school of social work celebrated two important milestones. The bachelor's program commemorated 40 years of accreditation and the master's program reached the 20-year mark. During this time, CSU's social work faculty have become national leaders in researching and elaborating the concept of “generalist” practice, setting themselves apart from other M.S.W. programs in Colorado and the nation.

A degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

CSU's M.S.W. program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which enables you to pursue professional licensure upon program completion. Additionally, the Master of Social Work is approved by the Colorado Department of Education for school social work licensure, if you elect to complete the additional course requirement (SOWK 560) or seek our graduate certificate in PreK-12 School Social Work.

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