2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin

Graduate School of Social Work


The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) at the University of Denver is internationally recognized as a leader in educating practitioners, scholars, educators and researchers. GSSW’s mission is to foster social responsibility regarding social and economic justice, quality of life and multicultural communities, based on equality for all people. This mission is carried out in a rich educational environment featuring excellent teaching by award-winning faculty and path-breaking research.  GSSW's two institutes provide in-depth research and training in child welfare and animal-assisted social work, while our Center for Effective Interventions offers training and technical assistance to communities and agencies in Western states that seek to establish evidence-based and promising programs for families, children and youth.  Additionally, The Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness opens in 2016.  

GSSW’s doctoral program was one of the first in the United States. The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is ranked #17 among the 260 currently accredited programs in the nation and offers concentrations in aging services and policy, children and youth, child welfare, family systems, health and wellness, mental health, organizational leadership and policy, and sustainable development and global practice. The MSW curriculum includes international experiential courses and internships, as well as certificates in animal-assisted social work and social work with Latinos/Latinas. Additionally, students have the option of applying to participate in a competitive cooperative program with the Denver Family Institute.  GSSW  offers MSW degree programs on-location in Denver, Durango, and in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. 

We are also launching an online program in January of 2017 which will feature a concentration in Mental Health and Trauma.  Please refer to our website for up-to-date information about this unique option.

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