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Master of Social Work

Program Information

Colorado State University-Pueblo is planning to offer a Master of Social Work degree, with Higher Learning Commission approval anticipated for Fall, 2018.  The mission of the MSW Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo will be to prepare competent advanced social work practitioners with the knowledge, skills, values, and cognitive and affective processes required to serve diverse client populations in systems of all sizes.

Our goals will be:

  1. prepare advanced social work practitioners with the ethical consciousness, cultural competence, and desire to be lifelong learners who give back to the profession of social work and enhance the global community in which we live;
  2. provide students with the necessary advanced skills in engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation in order to competently serve diverse client populations at all levels of social work practice and across the lifespan utilizing the ecological perspective as a foundation; and
  3. prepare students to engage in policy practice, to advocate for social and economic justice, to engage in research in its many forms in order to better serve individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

The MSW degree program provides two entry options for students: admission directly into the MSW program once a student has been awarded an accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, referred to as Advanced Standing, and a longer program that can be accessed by anyone with any social work related undergraduate degree, referred to as Foundation.  At this time, we offer only full-time enrollment options. 

Foundation courses cover fall, spring, and summer semesters.  The Foundation curriculum is consistent with the core coursework of the BSW.  Once the Foundation year is completed, students move to the Concentration year, which is the same curriculum as the Advanced Standing and requires another Fall, Spring, and Summer semester.  Therefore, students admitted into the Foundation year courses will attend classes for two full academic years, including summers.

Advanced Standing courses cover the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, as well.  Students admitted into the Advanced Standing courses will attend classes for one full academic year, including a summer. 

The curriculum in this degree is advanced generalist, which means that graduates will be prepared to intervene at multiple levels:  micro, mezzo, and macro.  This degree program includes additional courses at each level in order to increase the strength of the focus.  We have chosen to make coursework in trauma required due to the amount of research that suggests social workers and other helping professionals are subjected to deleterious amounts of vicarious and secondary trauma. Of course, we work with individuals and families who have experienced such trauma, too. Therefore, we know that the earlier we introduce an understanding of the effects of trauma and insert self-care into the curriculum, we can help to prevent the burnout that is characteristic of social work.

Admission Requirements

All applications are due no later than January 15 of the year in which the student would like to begin coursework, except for the Fall 2018 Foundation Year applicants.  Those applications are due no later than March 15, 2018.


Master of Social Work (Foundation)

  • 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 human biology;
  • 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 statement of the role you expect your graduate studies to play in your professional and personal development.  Be sure to state your employment history and goals, as well as your personal motivation. Note your strengths and needs as a graduate student of social work.  Please address diversity in your statement.  One way of defining diversity is the sum of personal traits and qualities, as well as life experiences that affect development and beliefs.  Diversity usually includes race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, spiritual or religious beliefs, age, and other qualities, including geography and body weight.  Experiences can include personal life experiences, such as career choice, individual challenges, and exposure to or working in cultures other than your primary culture. Even if you believe that you have had a small amount of experience with diversity in your life, please describe its impact on your social work plans; and
  • Payment of the application fee of $35

Master of Social Work (Advanced Standing)

  • 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 human biology;
  • 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 statement of the role you expect your graduate studies to play in your professional and personal development.  Be sure to state your employment history and goals, as well as your personal motivation. Note your strengths and needs as a graduate student of social work.  Please address diversity in your statement.  Diversity can be defined as the sum of a person’s characteristics and experiences.  Characteristics can include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, spiritual or religious beliefs, age, and other characteristics.  Experiences can include personal life experiences, such as career history, personal challenges, exposure to different cultures, working with other cultures, and/or speaking another language.  Even if you have had minimal contact with people from diverse backgrounds, please describe how you believe diversity relates to social work practice; and,
  • Payment of the application fee of $35
  • The MAT or GRE is not required for admission.
  • There are two applications that must be completed for admission, the general application to the university (which requires a $35 application fee and should be sent to admissions) and the applicable (Foundation or Advanced Standing) application.  The Foundation or Advanced Standing application should be sent to the Department of Social Work.  Our address is on the form.  Your application will not be considered until both applications are completed.  Students who apply for the Foundation coursework will move to the Concentration year upon satisfactory completion of the Foundation coursework, an additional application is not required.  All applications are due no later than January 15 of the year in which the student would like to begin coursework, except for the Fall 2018 Foundation Year applicants.  Those applications are due no later than March 15, 2018.  Only Foundation Year applications are being accepted at this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

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    What does Foundation mean?

    Foundation is the name given to the program that is specifically for students with an undergraduate degree other than a BSW.
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    What does Advanced Standing mean?

    Advanced Standing is the name given to the program that is specifically for students with a  BSW from a CSWE-accredited university.
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    What courses will I be taking in the Foundation Year?

    Fall

    SW 502 Social Work Ethics (3)

    SW 501 Holistic Human Behavior (3)

    SW 520 Diversity in Human Experience (3)

    SW 550 Social Welfare Policy (3)


    Spring

    SW 522 Intervention with Individuals (3)

    SW 523 Intervention with Families/Groups (3)

    SW 581 Practicum Seminar 1 (1)

    SW 588 Practicum I (4)


    Summer

    SW 524 Intervention with Agency/Community (3)

    SW 582 Practicum Seminar II (1)

    SW 589 Practicum II (4)

    SW 587 Foundations of Research (3)


    34 Total Foundation credits:

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    What courses will I be taking in the Advanced Standing/Concentration Year?

    Fall

    SW 622 Assess/Intervene with Individuals (3)

    SW 625 Assess/Intervene with Children/Families (3)

    SW 641 Understanding Trauma in Practice (3)

    SW 681 Practicum Seminar III (1)

    SW 688 Practicum III (4)


    Spring

    SW 623 Assess/Intervene with Small Groups (3)

    SW 624 Assess/Intervene with Agency/Community (3)

    SW 682 Practicum Seminar IV (1)

    SW 689 Practicum IV (4)

    SW 685 Research I (3)


    Summer

    SW 642 Administration and Supervision (3)

    SW 650 Advanced Policy in a Diverse World (3)

    Elective (3)

    SW 686 Research II (3)

    SW 687 Culminating Project (1)


    41 Total Advanced Standing/Concentration credits:

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    How long is the program?

    Foundation students:  The program will take fall, spring, and summer semesters.  It is designed to be fulltime.  You will have up to 12 credits per semester.  After you complete the Foundation coursework, you will need to apply to and complete the Concentration year in order to obtain the MSW degree.

    Advanced Standing students: The program will take fall, spring, and summer semesters.  It is designed to be fulltime.  You will have up to 14 credits per semester.

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    Is there a part-time option?

    Not at this time.  You are expected to attend fulltime.
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    Is there provisional or probational admission if I don’t meet all of the entrance requirements?

    No; there is no alternative.  Foundation students may need to complete a specific graduate course in human behavior and the social environment and earn at least a 2.5 in that class.  After completing the course successfully, you could apply to the Foundation program.

    Advanced Standing students may need to complete the program that takes two years, called Foundation.

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    Is there a time limit on how long it’s been since I received my undergraduate degree?

    At this time, there is no limit for the Foundation or Advanced Standing students.
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    How many credits are in the program?

    There are 34 credits in the Foundation year.  There are 41 credits in the Advanced Standing/Concentration year.  Students who enter in the Foundation Year must take all credits in the Foundation year and the Advanced Standing/Concentration year.
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    Will the courses be online?

    Some of the courses will be online, some will be hybrid, and some will be face-to-face.  We will have the face-to-face classes and portions of classes in Pueblo on Friday afternoons, in Colorado Springs on Saturday, and in Pueblo on Sundays, every other weekend.
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