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Master of Social Work

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Program Overview

The Master of Social Work program at CSU Pueblo prepares students for advanced social work practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and values for creating effective processes required to serve diverse client populations in systems of all sizes.

Students will learn how to advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs as well as promote social justice.

Our program offers two entry options for students:

 Specialized: Admission directly into the MSW program once a student has been awarded an accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.

 Generalist: Admission into the MSW program by anyone with any social work-related undergraduate degree.

Our program offers several learning formats. You can complete courses online or in a hybrid format with on-campus instruction. 

Program Admission

"While in the process of taking my final math courses, I had a professor talk to me about Social Work because the treatment I received from the VA just wasn't cutting it. I wasn't happy, and now I want to do something different. All of us have some sort of need, and sometimes we can't figure out what is the best way to take care of that need. We're not in the field of giving advice but giving options. I will always have my door open to help people and that's just the nature of what we do."

- Daniel McFadden, Field Education Coordinator

Disclaimer: The MSW Program at CSU Pueblo is currently in candidacy status with the Council on Social Work Education and anticipates accreditation in February 2022. Once accreditation is achieved, all students attending the program from Fall 2019 and later will be covered under that accreditation status.

Frequently Asked Questions

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    IS THE GMAT OR GRE REQUIRED FOR ADMITTANCE?

    The GMAT or GRE are not required for admission.

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    WHAT IS THE CSWE ACCREDITATION?

    CSWE is an acronym that stands for the Council on Social Work Education.

     

    This accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the only accrediting agency for social work education in the United States.
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    WHAT COURSES WILL I TAKE IN THE GENERALIST YEAR?

    The Generalist consists of 34 credit hours. Curriculum requirements are available here

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    WHAT COURSES WILL I TAKE IN THE SPECIALIZED YEAR?

    The Specialized (and Advanced Standing) year consists of 41 credits. Curriculum requirements are available here

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    DO I HAVE TO DO A FIELD PLACEMENT?

    Yes. CSWE requires at least 900 clock hours of field placement for all MSW students. Our students complete 948 hours.

    Students will complete 448 clock hours in the Generalist year and 500 clock hours in the Specialized (and Advanced Standing) year.

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    CAN I DO MY FIELD PLACEMENT IN MY PLACE OF WORK?

    In some circumstances, you may be able to complete your field hours at your agency or place of work. There are restrictions, including doing a different job under a different supervisor (must be an MSW with at least 2 years of post-MSW practice experience) and a signed agreement from your agency director (this is to protect your employment in case your field placement does not work out).

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    Am I qualified for scholarships?

    You may be qualified for one or more scholarships offered by CSU Pueblo. You must have an updated FAFSA on file with Student Financial Services. Visit the Scholarships page for more information.

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    Who can I talk to about my financial aid or my bill?

    It is important to check your PAWS account regularly to ensure your aid and bill look correct. Student Financial Services is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is available via phone at 719.549.2753, email at financialaid@csupueblo.edu, and take walk-ins. 

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Department of Social Work

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