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Social Work Degree Programs in Colorado

Colorado State University Social Work at Fort Collins - BSW, MSW, PhD programs

The Colorado State University School of Social Work is proud to offer BSW and MSW degrees that are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Since 1974 we have prepared undergraduate (BSW) students to work as generalist social work practitioners all over the state, region, and nation. Since 1984 the MSW program has prepared graduate students to work as advanced generalist social work practitioners both nationally and internationally. Graduates of our programs are prepared to work with a wide range of clientele, including individuals, families or other households, groups, organizations, and communities. In 2012 the school added a doctoral program (PhD) with the goal of preparing MSW graduates for careers in academia or research, and it’s the only PhD program of its kind at a public university in an eight state region. 

The School of Social Work at CSU is noted for its excellent students and exceptional faculty. An emphasis is placed on providing students with a challenging learning environment and graduating social work practitioners that excel in their professional lives. For more information about on-campus programs, please visit the CSU School of Social Work website.

CSU also offers a distance MSW program, combining online and face-to-face instruction, as well as a distance Advanced Standing program. Additionally, online graduate certificates in PreK-12 School Social Worker and Conflict Resolution and Mediation are available. These programs are offered through the Division of Continuing Education/CSU Online. Please visit the CSU Online website for more information.

Colorado State University Social Work at Pueblo - BSW program

The social work program at Colorado State University-Pueblo is a nationally accredited program. We offer a generalist practice baccalaureate education. Course work consists of human development, social welfare and policy, practice classes, diversity classes, and field experiences. We have low faculty-to-student ratios which allow more personal interaction with faculty and peers. We have field placement sites in a multitude of practice fields over the southern region of Colorado. We have articulation agreements with community colleges that allow a student to take some general education and introductory courses at the community college level and then to transfer to our program. Our faculty is actively engaged in social work issues, including youth services and wellness. In addition, our faculty regularly publish and present their work in local, regional, and national venues. For more information, visit our website or you may contact the administrative assistant, Pat Higginbotham, at 719-549-2631 or  email. She can refer you to the appropriate person to answer your questions.


Metropolitan State University of Denver - BSW and MSW programs

The Social Work Department at the Metropolitan State University of Denver offers exceptional and affordable bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from the Auraria Campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Our bachelor’s degree program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1997 and is committed to educating and training BSSW social work professionals in generalist social work practice so that they may provide direct and indirect services to minority and majority clients. The focus of the department is on problems that often affect oppressed minorities representing people of color (African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American) and other diverse populations (women and children, gays and lesbians, the developmentally delayed and the aging). The department is committed to helping those individuals in need and working toward leadership in the social, economic and political context that often fosters painful and socially unjust human conditions. Students may chose an area of emphasis in child welfare; aging; developmental disabilities; early intervention; child and adolescent mental health; women’s issues; or gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues. Metro State offers Social Work classes in online, night and day formats which means students could complete the major from anywhere in Colorado. Interested students may get more information by visiting the website.

Metro State's new MSW Program began in Fall 2011. Applications for both Regular (2-Year) and Advanced Standing Programs are due in November typically. Metro State’s Master of Social Work program combines academic, research and field experience into an intense, demanding program that teaches: clinical assessment and intervention skills, evidence-based practice, ethical decision-making, scientific inquiry, cultural sensitivity and global awareness, leadership and teamwork as well as personal reflection and self-correction. Metro State’s MSW Program will offer advanced concentrations in Macro Practice and Individuals and Families, which includes client-specific tracks including older adults, children/youth/families, adult mental health, and child welfare. Convenient combinations of day, night and online classes will be available. Interested students may get more information by visiting the website.


Newman University - MSW Program 


New Mexico Highlands University - BSW and MSW programs

Dating back to 1974, New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work is the oldest and largest school of social work in New Mexico. It is also one of the oldest schools accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in the Southwest.

Colorado residents may apply for the Non-Resident Tuition Waiver for Colorado Students which will qualify Colorado residents for in-State New Mexico tuition rates currently set at $132.00 per credit hour (subject to change). The main campus in Las Vegas, New Mexico also offers commuter housing at $20.00 per night with available lunchroom facilities.

Although the School is primarily located at the Highlands campus in Las Vegas, New Mexico (approximately 328 miles from Denver), we also have four off-campus statewide programs located throughout the state in:
• Rio Rancho/Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Farmington, New Mexico
• Roswell, New Mexico

Each social work program is situated in close proximity to one or more of the 19 Native American pueblos or among three tribes that are rich in cultural traditions.

Our program locations allow students the opportunity to experience and practice social work among Hispanic and Native American cultures, in either rural or urban settings. These two predominate cultures have maintained their language and cultural traditions for more than 500 years.

The school offers both BSW and MSW degree programs. These programs are offered at three of the five program locations. Our Roswell Center only offers the MSW degree program; while our Santa Fe campus, only offers the BSW degree program.

For more information visit us on the web or contact Lawrence M. Montano, Social Work Admissions Coordinator at 505.454.3310 e-mail


University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work - MSW and PhD programs

Nationally accredited since 1931, the University of Denver’s MSW program is nationally ranked in the top 11 percent, and our PhD program is among the oldest in the country. GSSW’s more than 400 students come from all 50 states and dozens of countries around the world.

GSSW awards more than $5 million in student financial aid each year, and more than 90% of our students receive scholarships, grants or stipends.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, GSSW’s new MSW curriculum will allow students to begin their specialization after just two quarters of study in one of eight concentrations: child welfare; children & youth: risks & positive development; family systems; aging services & policy; health & wellness; mental health; organizational leadership, advocacy & policy; and community development & global sustainability. Students also can combine their chosen specialty with one of our unique certificate programs in Animal-Assisted Social Work, Couples & Family Therapy and Social Work with Latinos/as. GSSW offers more than 600 internship sites, as well as global practice courses and internships in Bosnia, China, Kenya and Mexico.

Through DU’s Dual Undergraduate Graduate Degree program, students can earn both a Bachelor’s Degree and an MSW in just five years. BSW graduates enter GSSW with advanced standing and earn their MSW in just one calendar year. DU also offers interdisciplinary dual and cooperative graduate degrees, and students in the Four Corners region of southern Colorado can earn their MSW in a program taught on-site in Durango.

For additional information, please visit GSSW online or call our Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 303-871-2841.




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