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Program Admission

Part 1 - University Application

All students interested in the Master of Social Work program must apply to CSU Pueblo in addition to the department. 

Students can apply to Colorado State University Pueblo here:

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Important: Applicants must submit a $35 payment for their application

Part 2 - Choose Entry Options

Students must select one of the two entry options according to educational and/or field experience. 

The MSW degree 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.

Specialized application 

Generalist: Although a longer program, admission can be accessed by anyone with any social work-related undergraduate degree.

Generalist application 

Part 3 - Submit Three Professional Recommendations

Students are required to submit three professional recommendations. Students from the CSU Pueblo BSW program may not use full-time faculty for recommendations. Instead, those students should submit an additional professional recommendation in place of the Academic Advisor's recommendation.

A separate, fillable Letter of Recommendation form is linked below for your convenience.

MSW Letter of Recommendations

Part 4 - Submit a Three Page Summary of the following: 

  1. The role you expect your graduate studies to play in your professional and personal development, including your personal motivation for applying
  2. Employment history and goals
  3. Note your strengths and needs as a graduate student of social work
  4. Address diversity in your statement. Even if you have had minimal contact with people from diverse backgrounds, describe how you believe diversity relates to social work practice. Keep in mind the following:
    1. Diversity is defined as the sum of a person’s characteristics and experiences
    2. Characteristics may include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, spiritual or religious beliefs, age, and other characteristics
    3. Experiences may include personal life experiences, such as career history, personal challenges, exposure to different cultures, working with other cultures, and/or speaking another language

Part 5 - Submit Field Practicum Application

Field practicum allows students to observe real-life situations handled by professionals in the field. Social work students are required to also apply for admission into the field practicum. 

Specialized students are required to submit the field application once they have been admitted to the program.

Generalist students do not have to apply until the end of their first semester.

Students will notify by April 1st of each year, and the application for the field is due by April 30th. 

No student can apply to the field without first being admitted into the program.

Social Work Field Placement Application

Students must also register at Tevera and pay $203 for a lifetime membership. 

Registration link to Tevera

Part 6 - Submit Materials

All the required materials above should be sent to the Department of Social Work on the Pueblo campus in the General Education Building, Room 310A or mail to: 

Colorado State University Pueblo 
Department of Social Work
Administrative Assistant 
2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, CO  81001

Your application will not be considered until all required materials are completed. 

Admission Requirements

Specialized

  • A Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE accredited program or recognized through its International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Services
  • A course in statistics
  • A research course
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • 120 hours of volunteer or paid work experience in human services field (above and beyond field hours) in a 6-month period during the last 5 calendar years
  • Most recent field evaluation
  • 3 Letters of recommendation, one from a professor, one from academic advisor, one from employer or field supervisor
  • A 3-page summary outlined in Step 4 or pg. 2 of the MSW Student Handbook

Generalist

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from a university accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the Department of Education, with at least 18 credits of liberal arts studies
  • A course in statistics
  • A research course
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale with a “B” grade or higher in one course in Human Behavior in the Social Environment at the graduate level
  • 3 Letters of recommendation, one from a professor, one from academic advisor, one from employer or field supervisor
  • A 3-page summary outlined in Step 4 or pg. 2 of the MSW Student Handbook
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