The school will admit those individuals with the greatest potential for completing the master's degree course of study and becoming effective social work practitioners. A successful applicant must present evidence of the capacity to do graduate-level work as reflected in past academic performance and human service practice experience. The school is committed to recruiting applicants who represent the diverse populations within Colorado and the region.
(All except Advanced Standing and MSW/MPH)
The following are the minimum requirements for admission:
The advanced standing program is for applicants who have graduated from an accredited undergraduate social work program within the past 7 years. Advanced students begin our program by supplementing their BSW education with three courses, then go directly into Concentration.
The following are the minimum requirements for admission to the advanced standing program:
Regular 3-year program - all of the Regular Program requirements listed above plus the GRE.
Advanced Standing (2-year) program - all of the above Advanced Standing requirements plus the GRE.
The CSU MSW program may accept transfer students from other CSWE-accredited MSW programs. Please see our transfer policy (pdf) for information on the process, and the materials we will need from you in order to consider your transfer application. The first step is to apply to CSU’s Graduate School.
Once accepted into the program by the Graduate School you will also need to acquire the syllabus for each course you want to have considered for transfer and send those (separately from the application process) to the School of Social Work along with your letter of explanation of your transfer request. The Curriculum Committee will need to evaluate your courses for equivalency to courses within our MSW program to accurately determine where you would fit into the course schedule.
Most graduate programs suggest not transferring if possible, due to the added hurdles inherent to the process. Even though it is difficult and places extra burdens on the transfer student we make every effort to make this option available.
Please contact Timothy Frank at email@example.com with any questions about the transfer application process.
Within the framework of the policies established by the university and the Graduate School, the School of Social Work will have the responsibility and authority for the recruitment, screening, selection, and admission of its students.
The School will admit those applicants with the greatest potential for completing the master’s level course of study and becoming effective social work practitioners. In its review of applications, the School seeks evidence of an applicant’s capacity to think critically, do graduate-level work, reason logically, and think creatively. A successful applicant is expected to reflect attitudes that are congruent with basic social work values, that are respectful of the dignity of all human beings, and that indicate a sense of social responsibility. Applicants must be able to meet the emotional requirements of the program and possess a capacity to develop positive interpersonal relationships.
The School is committed to drawing the student body from applicants with a demonstrated concern for social issues and the desire to work for the enhancement of life for all people, especially those groups devalued by society. A successful applicant must evidence a strong determination to acquire the competencies needed for effective advanced generalist practice within the context of community and possess a willingness to develop the abilities needed for contributing to practice and policy development and the knowledge base of the profession.