According to a US Bureau of Labor Statistics report, employment for social workers is expected to grow at a faster than average rate for all occupations. and currently the demand for social workers is on the rise, especially those who work with the aging population.
If you are considering a career as a social worker, there are three accredited schools that offer MSW programs in Colorado. All three are located along the state’s Front Range and include Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, The University of Denver, and Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Each program requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Other criteria for admission vary, but all three schools generally require undergraduate credits in the social and behavioral sciences, a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a history of human service work and/or volunteer experience
For now all three MSW programs in Colorado are predominantly campus based, although CSU offers a Distance MSW Program with 70-80% of each class being taught live, with the other portion taught in a distance format.
One of the great benefits of having an MSW degree is the diversity of available career paths. MSW graduates have a wide array of areas to choose from. Whether focusing on clinical or community practice, social workers can choose to work in mental health, domestic violence, child and adult protection, and aging services, to name just a few. The greatest benefit, however, is the satisfaction that comes from helping people and seeing their lives improve.