Graduate Programs

Distance Master of Social Work Program Overview

distance MSW students

The Distance MSW Program is a 3 year part-time hybrid program that combines online coursework with two intensive learning weekends per semester. Our distance program is designed to be accessible to students who are seeking a graduate degree while balancing other work and life demands. Our distance program features:

The distance program curriculum (opens a PDF) is the same as the on-campus curriculum and thus enjoys accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

There are two field education courses within the MSW program, providing nearly 1,000 hours of agency-based learning. We work closely with students to collaboratively facilitate their field placement with partnering organizations. When pursuing graduate study in social work, the field education requirements are an important consideration. The required hours are established by the Council on Social Work Education and therefore, they are similar across accredited MSW graduate programs. At CSU, the foundation field placement requires 270 hours (approximately 10 hours per week for two semesters) and the concentration field placement requires 675 hours (approximately 12 hours per week for four semesters).

The CSU SSW Distance MSW Program is a cohort model program meaning we admit one group or cohort of students for the entire three years of the program, with advanced standing students joining the cohort beginning in the second year.

Spring 2018: Boulder/Longmont cohort

The next Cohort will have its meetings in the Boulder/Longmont area, with a Spring 2018 start. Applications for this cohort are now closed.

Spring 2019: Fort Collins cohort

Applications will soon be open for the Fort Collins, with an application deadline of June 1, 2018.


Advanced Standing Program Option

The Advanced Standing Distance MSW Program is a 2 year part time hybrid program. The Advanced Standing curriculum (opens a PDF) is the same as the on-campus curriculum. Advanced Standing students must have earned a BSW from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education within the past seven years. The BSW degree must be granted prior to the beginning of advanced standing classes.

Spring 2018: Denver Advanced Standing cohort

The next Cohort will have its meetings in the Denver area, with a Spring 2018 start. Applications for this cohort are now closed.


The Distance MSW Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.