Graduate School of Social Work at University of Denver

Why you should consider this program

The Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver trains the next generation of leaders, committed to social justice and social change, through an inclusive, individualized program leading to long-term social impact. The two-year MSW program consists of two quarters of foundation courses and four quarters of concentration courses. Foundation courses prepare students for generalist practice. Students begin their concentration in spring quarter of the first year and continue their concentration throughout the second year. MSW concentrations are offered in Child Welfare; Children & Youth: Risks & Positive Development; Family Systems; Aging Services & Policy; Health & Wellness; Mental Health; Organizational Leadership & Policy Practice; and Sustainable Development & Global Practice. 

Additionally, specialized certificates are offered in Animal-Assisted Social Work, Couples and Family Therapy, and Social Work with Latinos/as. Because we value their service, applicants with prior Peace Corps experience are typically rewarded with many of our highest level scholarships. Please see our scholarship pages or contact us for additional information about financial opportunities. 

The Master of Social Work program at the University of Denver is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 95,646 $ 10,000 $ 85,646
Out of state $ 95,646 $ 10,000 $ 85,646
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

We offer tuition scholarships as well as an application fee waiver.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

The opportunity to connect with other Coverdell Fellows at our school and in other departments at the University.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 19,997

Application fee waived?



Students enrolled in the MSW program at GSSW have a unique opportunity to begin an internship of their choice, at the same time that they begin classes. This model allows students to integrate theories from the classroom into the field (and vice versa) while developing a deeper understanding of the Social Work Profession. 

Our students complete a minimum of 480 hours in their foundation year and at least 600 hours in their concentration year, contributing to about a third of their overall credits. Each placement is a year long and students receive evaluations quarterly. Additionally, because we have formal relationships with over 600 agencies, students are able to choose an internship that best suits their interests. Field Coordinators meet with first year students to connect them directly with agencies, while second year students utilize our internship database. 

Some placement options include but are not limited to: 

  • Drug/alcohol counseling centers
  • Departments of human services
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Counseling centers
  • K-12 public/charter/private schools
  • Youth/adult treatment facilities
  • Runaway youth/homeless shelters
  • Community centers
  • Hospitals
  • Foundations
  • Clinics
  • Policy centers
  • Inpatient/outpatient psychiatric facilities
  • Government agencies
  • Hospice care centers
  • Adoption agencies 
  • Environmental justice organizations

Jobs for program alumni

Our graduates enter a wide variety of jobs after graduation from guidance counselor to policy analyst, agency director to adoption specialist, immigration reform advocate to family therapist and pretty much everything in between.  Our staff includes a Director of Student and Career Services, who is here to help students begin their career path beginning their first day in our program.

Other details

Program length

Approximately two years, unless applicant has a BSW degree

Application requirements

Application, application fee, essay, resume, recommendations.

Admissions process

In addition to our regular application process, please submit our supplemental Coverdell Fellows form found on our website.

Program begins

Denver Campus: summer and fall terms; Online program: spring and fall terms

Non-traditional options

  • Low residency or distance learning

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Colin Schneider, Director of Enrollment Management

2148 S. High Street
Denver, Colorado 80208