MSW Program Details

Program Details

MSW Program Details

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Why Choose UCCS Social Work

Social work is a hands-on profession that strives to help individuals, families, groups and communities deal with diverse problems. Nationally, the 10-year job growth predictions for social work range between 15% and 22%, which is much faster than most comparable professions.

The UCCS Master of Social Work program emphasizes trauma-informed social work practice, and prepares students to change lives and communities in the realms of military, health care, child welfare, education, and other areas. 

Program Details

The MSW requires 60 credit hours, which can be completed through a full time schedule, or extended study.  It includes:

  • 30 credit hours of generalist practice
  • 30 credit hours of specialized practice
  • Field Practice (or internships) during year 1 and 2
  • Opportunity to choose relevant electives

Check out the Curriculum Description and the Course Sequence for the program.

Advanced Standing Program (ASP):  Qualifying students with an undergraduate social work degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may apply to the Advanced Standing Program and complete their MSW in 1 year.  

Specialized Curriculum
Trauma Informed Social Work Practice
Field Practice
Electives Target Special Populations


The MSW program follows a cohort model.  As such, traditional MSW applicants (e.g., full-time and extended degree plan) are admitted in the fall semester only.  Advanced standing applicants are admitted in the summer only.  Admission consideration for the traditional MSW program, as well as for the Advanced Standing program, are conducted 3 times a year.

Detailed requirements for applying to the School of Public Affairs may be found on SPA’s website in the Future Students section.  All applicants must apply online.

Required Application Materials
International Students

Financial Aid

To apply for UCCS Scholarships you must:

  • Be admitted to UCCS
  • Submit your FAFSA
  • Complete online scholarship application (opens Dec 1/Mar 1)
Application Deadlines

Early Admission Deadline = December 1 (complete applications only)

Scholarship Priority Deadline = February 1

Priority Deadline = April 15

General Deadline = July 1 (Traditional MSW)


Contact UCCS Social Work

If you have any questions about the program, or application requirements, you can contact the School of Public Affairs at (719) 255-4993 or via e-mail at