Graduate Programs

Distance Master of Social Work Program Overview

MSW Distance Program


The MSW Distance Program is a 3 year part-time hybrid program in which 20-30 percent of the course work is face-to-face. During each semester, students meet face-to-face with instructors on two weekends (Saturday and Sunday all day) for course instruction. The remaining 70-80 percent of the instructional time and learning activities will take place online. Students will need to be online several times per week to engage with class material, classmates, and instructors to move through the course. Each course is developed by the instructor and an instructional designer to provide students with the best learning activities to meet the course objectives.

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 placements within the MSW program and we work closely with students throughout the placement process to find field experience opportunities that both meet the CSU School of Social Work (SSW), CSWE, and students' needs and requirements. We work with hundreds of agencies throughout the state.

The CSU SSW Distance MSW Program is a cohort model program meaning that we admit one group or cohort of students for the entire three years of the program prior to beginning a second group at that location. Transfer students from other accredited MSW programs are accepted when their previous course work allows and their application is approved as per the Distance MSW Transfer Policy.

The next Cohort will be in Denver starting January, 2017. We are no longer accepting applications. The application deadline was June 1, 2016.

Advanced Standing

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 and have earned that degree within the past seven years. The BSW degree must be granted prior to the beginning of advanced standing classes.

This next part-time 2 year hybrid program starts January 2018 with the face-to-face meetings in Denver.

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