Online Social Work Programs in Colorado

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Serving a student body of more than 24,000, MSU hosts one of the top undergraduate social work programs in Colorado. The school's Bachelor of Science in Social Work emphasizes experiential learning for students of all backgrounds, and MSU Denver's partnerships with over 500 social services agencies around Colorado make it easy for candidates to find internship and practicum sites. The program centers its social work education around values of research, cultural responsiveness, and academic rigor.


MSU Denver's Bachelor of Science in Social Work

  • Credits and Courses: The program requires 54 major credits and 120 credits total for the bachelor's degree. Courses use a mix of synchronous and asynchronous elements.
  • Completion Time: Full-time students can complete the program in four years. Part-time students may take five years or more depending on course load.
  • Field Education: 480 hours spread over two semesters, equating to about 16 hours of work per week.
  • Transfer Policies: Students may be able to transfer credit from other CSWE-accredited programs with approval.
  • Online Student Support: Students receive access to tutoring, library resources, and academic advising.
  • Cost: $349/credit in-state; $809/credit out-of-state
  • Admission Requirements: Applicants under 20 years old must submit SAT or ACT scores.

MSU Denver is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). MSU Denver's online social work programs are CSWE-accredited.


Colorado State University

Offering another of the top social work programs in Colorado, CSU ranks among the largest colleges in the state, serving more than 33,000 students from its campus in Fort Collins. Founded in 1968, CSU's School of Social Work emphasizes economic, environmental, and social justice for communities both local and global.

The program centers its curriculum on principles of applied research, outreach, and exemplary education, preparing graduates to serve as social work leaders who can assess and evaluate social work practice at all levels of engagement.


CSU's Master of Social Work

  • Concentrations: The program offers an advanced generalist studies concentration.
  • Credits and Courses: The program requires at least 64 credits. Courses use a mix of synchronous and asynchronous elements.
  • Completion Time: The program follows a part-time format, which takes three years to complete. Graduates of CSWE-accredited bachelor's programs can enroll in an advanced standing track, which takes two years of part-time enrollment to complete.
  • Field Education: 945 hours required.
  • Other Requirements: Online students must attend two intensive in-person sessions each semester, held in Fort Collins, Boulder, or Denver.
  • Exam Preparation: The program prepares graduates for Colorado social worker licensure.
  • Transfer Policies: Students can transfer credits from CSWE-accredited master's programs with department approval.
  • Online Student Support: The school offers support services including tutoring, technology assistance, library services, and career counseling.
  • Cost: $584/credit in-state; $1,432/credit out-of-state
  • Admission Requirements: A minimum 3.0 GPA.

CSU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). CSU's online social work programs are CSWE-accredited.


Metropolitan State University of Denver

A major public college located near downtown Denver, MSU Denver hosts one of the top graduate social work programs in Colorado. The school's Master of Social Work trains students to serve client populations in a multicultural society, emphasizing scientific inquiry, ethical decision-making, community organizing, assessment and intervention, and leadership. The program offers online and hybrid options, creating flexibility for students already employed in the field.

MSU Denver also provides ample opportunities for experiential learning, including a significant field experience.


MSU Denver's Master of Social Work

  • Concentrations: The program offers concentrations in children and families, mental health, and leadership and management.
  • Credits and Courses: The program requires at least 60 credits (36 credits for advanced standing students). Courses use a mix of synchronous and asynchronous elements.
  • Completion Time: Full-time students can complete the program in about two years. Part-time students typically complete the program in about four years.
  • Field Education: 1,080 hours required.
  • Exam Preparation: The program prepares graduates for the ASWB clinical exam.
  • Transfer Policies: Students can transfer up to nine credits from other CSWE-accredited graduate programs, with approval.
  • Online Student Support: MSU Denver offers tutoring, academic advising, and library resources.
  • Cost: $473/credit in-state; $663/credit out-of-state
  • Admission Requirements: A minimum 3.0 GPA.

MSU Denver is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). MSU Denver's online social work programs are CSWE-accredited.


University of Denver

A private college located just south of downtown Denver, DU offers an assortment of online options, including one of the top social work degree programs in Colorado. DU's Graduate School of Social Work emphasizes progressive ideals, social work knowledge, and social change. The program centers its curriculum and research on the examination of systems, including their impact on individuals, families, and communities.

DU draws direct links between social work theory and practice. Both students and faculty participate in shaping local legislative policy and supporting local social agencies.


DU'S Master of Social Work

  • Concentrations: The program offers concentrations in mental health trauma and health and wellness.
  • Credits and Courses: The program requires 90 credits for general students and 60 credits for advanced-standing students. Courses require synchronous components, but students can choose from set times that fit their schedule.
  • Completion Time: General students can complete the degree in 21-48 months, while advanced standing students can complete the degree in 18-24 months depending on their enrollment status.
  • Field Education: All candidates complete a foundation internship requiring 12 hours per week, and a concentration internship requiring 15 hours per week.
  • Exam Preparation: The program prepares graduates for Colorado social worker licensure.
  • Transfer Policies: Students may transfer credits from CSWE-accredited master's program with department approval
  • Online Student Support: DU offers support services including enrollment counseling, academic advising, internship placement, and career counseling.
  • Cost: $947/credit
  • Admission Requirements: A minimum 3.0 GPA.

DU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). DU online social work programs are CSWE-accredited.

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