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Social Work Master of Social Work (MSW)

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the social work master’s program are prepared for roles as administrators, clinicians, supervisors, policy analysts, and social planners, and are able to work with a wide range of clientele, including individuals, families, organizations, and communities. The advanced generalist curriculum allows you to work in countless areas of the social services sector in communities across the nation, including job titles like:

  • Adoption Worker
  • Addictions Interventionist
  • Agency Administrator
  • Case Manager
  • Casework Supervisor
  • Child Care Counselor
  • Coordinator of Geriatric Services
  • Counselor
  • Developmental Disabilities Counselor
  • Director of Social Services for a Nursing Home
  • Director of Volunteers
  • Domestic Abuse Counselor
  • Employee Assistance Counselor
  • Probation Officer
  • Family Court Officer
  • Foster Care Worker
  • Group Home Supervisor
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Information and Referral Resources Coordinator
  • Managed Health Care Counselor
  • Medical and Mental Health Social Workers
  • Police Officer
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counselor
  • School Social Worker *Additional credentialing required
  • Sexual and Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Rape Crisis Counselor
  • Social Service Administrator
  • Researcher
  • Head Start Social Worker
  • Legislator

The curriculum primes you for direct and indirect interventions that are client-centered, problem-focused, and research-based. The Master of Social Work program prepares students for careers in:

  • Transitional living centers
  • Probation
  • Corrections
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Adoption and foster care
  • Child welfare services
  • Family and children agencies (range of services)
  • Residential treatment centers/child placement agencies
  • Courts
  • Legislature/Policy
  • Research
  • Evaluation research Immigration coalitions
  • Community development
  • Community planning/organization
  • Community coalitions
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Veterans
  • Counseling centers
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Services for the homeless/Housing emergency assistance programs
  • GLBTQ services
  • Advocacy centers
  • Crisis centers
  • Schools
  • Public Health
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Geriatrics/Services for older adults
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Mental/Behavioral health addiction
  • Recovery/Substance abuse treatment
  • Hospice
  • Health information and support services (i.e., MS Society and Alzheimer’s Association)
  • Staff development and training

Our MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which enables students 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, for those students who elect to complete the additional course requirement (SOWK 560) or seek our graduate certificate in PreK-12 School Social Work.

What Next?

  • Learn more about being a student in this program, including information about course structure, assignments, time commitments, and interaction with peers and faculty.