GSSW On the Road: Upcoming Graduate School Fairs and Panels

2014-2015 GSSW is on the road and we’d love to see you!


September 23, 2014 – Colorado State University  Graduate School Fair– Fort Collins, Colorado

October 2, 2014 – University of Denver Graduate School Fair – Denver, Colorado

October 9, 2014 – Virtual SW Graduate School Fair – Online. Contact Nick Ota-Wang ( for details.

October 15, 2014 – Metropolitan State University of Denver – Graduate School Panel – Denver, Colorado


October 23 – 26, 2014 – CSWE National Conference – Tampa. Florida


November 8, 2014 – Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education – University of San Diego, San Diego, California

April 8, 2015 – Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education – Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

If you are near any of our travels and would like to chat with an admission counselor please contact Nick Ota-Wang by email to or call (303)-871-2779.

We hope to see you soon!

2014-2015 Information Sessions

Interested in obtaining your MSW degree? Ever wonder how the application process, financial aid, and academic work happens at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work?

If your answer to any or all of the questions above is YES then please consider signing up for one our information sessions this year!

2014-2015 Information Sessions

  • September 20 (Saturday, 9-noon)
  • October 10 (Friday, 1-4)
  • November 14 (Friday, 1-4)
  • December 5 (Friday, 1-4)
  • January 10 (Saturday, 9-noon)
  • March 6 (Friday, 1-4)
  • May 15 (Friday, 1-4)

To RSVP click here.

The sessions will be held in the Community Room in Craig Hall.

If you have any questions or would like to have the opportunity to speak with one of our Admission & Financial Aid staff please email us at or give us a call (303)-871-2841.

We look forward to seeing you or speaking with you soon!

2014 is here! Is your application in?

Happy 2014 from GSSW Office of Admission & Financial Aid!

2014 is going to be a great year for GSSW! For more information on why 2014 is going to be a great year (at least from a historical perspective) visit:

With the New Year our admission staff are back to work getting applications downloaded, reviewed, completed, and making decisions. If you haven’t submitted your application yet please do so today! You can apply by visiting our websites: see below for information on application link and directions.

Application Directions & websites for our MSW programs and PhD program

MSW Denver campus:Priority application date is January 15, 2014!

Application directions:

Application website:

MSW Durango campus: Priority application date is January 15, 2014!

Application directions:

Application website:

MSW Glenwood Springs campus: Priority application date is January 15, 2014!

Application directions:

Application website:

PhD Denver campus: Priority application date was December 15, 2013. Please apply if you are still interested!

Application directions:

Application website:

Additional helpful information resources:

Is my application complete? It might be!

Denver campus applicants:

If you applied for our MSW on our Denver campus or our PhD program on our Denver campus visit: and log in using your self created username & pin. If you have trouble logging in contact our Office of Admission at (303)-871-2841 or

Durango & Glenwood Springs campus applicants:

Please contact Nick Ota-Wang in our Admission Office to check on the status of your application. He can be reached at or (303)-871-2779.

How will I be notified of my admission decision?

For all of our applicants you will be getting a formal letter to the address you applied to GSSW with. Typically you’ll receive this letter 4-6 weeks after your application is complete.

How does Financial Aid awarding work?

Depends on the program you applied to. Contact our Office of Financial Aid at or (303)-871-2841 to ask about your Financial Aid package details and further information.

I got an offer admission and want to pay my deposit, how do I do that?

In your admission letter you’ll receive instructions on how to pay your deposit online. If you lost this information or if you would rather pay by check/money order contact the Office of Admission at (303)-871-2841 or so we can provide you with the necessary address & directions.

When is my deposit due? 

Deposits for all programs are due by April 15, 2014.

How much is my deposit?

Your deposit is $300.00.

I wasn’t offered admission. Can I reapply?

Yes! Please contact our Office of Admission at (303)-871-2841 or to find out how to re-apply for the next academic year.

I want to visit campus & see a class before I make my admission decision. How can I visit campus & see a class?

Campus visits & class observations can be done by contacting Nick Ota-Wang at

For campus visits please send Nick your availability by day(s) and time(s). Please keep your times between 9:00am – 3:30pm Monday – Friday.

For class observations please indicate what area(s) of Social Work you are interested in and what day(s) & time(s) work best in your schedule. Nick will do his best to accommodate your needs!

I applied to GSSW and see you have an upcoming Information Session. Should I sign up? 

You can but our Information Sessions are for students who have not yet applied to our program. If you are interested in visiting campus please see above for campus visit information.

My question wasn’t answered on this blog posting… who do I contact to get my question answered?

Contact our Admission staff! By phone to (303)-871-2841 or by email We are happy to help answer any question or concern you may have!

DU celebrates its Sesquicentennial (150 years)


The University of Denver will celebrate its Sesquicentennial (150 Years) as a university in 2014.

Below is a picture of campus as it would have looked in 1864.


Photo courtesy of:

Below is what campus looks like today (2014):

University Hall 2014

Photo courtesy of:

Both photos are of University Hall which was is currently the oldest building on the DU campus. Ground breaking on University Hall took place around 1890 (

As part of the larger university celebrations the university is hosting many events throughout the year to help the DU community, supporters, and alumni celebrate this momentous moment in the universities history. The main university blog posted a great article about the history of the university that we at GSSW think you all should go read and share. Their blog can be viewed at:

In addition to this great article the university has a Sesquicentennial website with all the events and information that will happen over the next school year. We encourage everyone to visit:

The GSSW Class of 2014 is graduating in an unique year for the university and are also our last class to graduate under our old curriculum. Lots of changes are happening at GSSW and at DU and we hope everyone is ready for the journey with us!

Happy Sesquicentennial DU! We’re glad to be a part of such a great university!

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Nelson Mendla

Photo courtesy of ABC News.

The recent passing of Nelson Mandela brings a unique historical moment for the University of Denver and the Graduate School of Social Work. Our Dean James Herbert Williams, adjunct faculty member Bruce Guernsey, and staff member Ethan Crawford took a group of nine students to South Africa as part of our International Courses & Internship opportunities.

Dean Williams, and the rest of the GSSW family were in South Africa when Nelson Mandela passed away on December 5, 2013. Some of the students who took the opportunity to blog about what they were experiencing on a first hand basis. A wonderful example written by MSW student Aaron Earley can be read at: The author of this posting also took this photo of the South African flag at half-staff in memory of and to honor the life of this remarkable individual.

South African Flag Half Staff

Photo courtesy of Aaron Earley

The rest of the blog postings from this unique trip and opportunity for the GSSW students can be viewed at:

Nelson Mandela will not be forgotten and what he did for South Africa and the world is a true gift. Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. The world is a better place for having you lived among the human race.

*** This posting will be updated with further links to student blog postings or thoughts upon the students return to campus.

GSSW in California this weekend!

Could it be true? GSSW at DU will be in California?

Yes it’s true! Our very own Nick Ota-Wang will be flying today to St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California for the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education. More information can be viewed at:

Nick and our colleague Sarah Blizzard with the Morgridge College of Education will be representing DU during the Forum.

If you are in the area or if you know of anyone looking for a graduate degree come by and say hi to Nick & Sarah! 🙂

The Graduate Fair at the Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education will be on Saturday, October 25 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.

We wish Nick & Sarah safe travels!

GSSW Office of Admission

University of Denver

Applying to Graduate School, it’s a piece of cake, right?! Well sorta…

Finding the perfect graduate program is not a piece of cake. Unfortunately it takes the entire process of mixing the ingredients, baking the cake, then having your piece of cake to find, apply, and get into graduate school.

Getting to know yourself can be done through reflection, taking personality tests (like MBTI – which I’ll get back to in a second), and knowing what drives your interests. Social Work is a program and profession full of reflection, change, and growth.

Now why does an admission guy who many of you will get many emails from and probably get tired of seeing his name show up in your inbox? Well because like many things in life getting into graduate school is a process. I mention the MBTI because it’s one of many ways for you to learn about yourself. I for example am an ISFJ which probably doesn’t mean much to you if you are not familiar with the MBTI. As an ISFJ I am an introvert, a sensing individual , a feeling individual, and to my dislike I’m also a judging type. Probably makes sense as I do look at all the great applications we receive each year. I ran across two fun diagrams that put some fun into the MBTI and help not take things so seriously. While your application needs to be taken seriously you also need to sit back and enjoy the day. In the spirit of enjoying the day check out MBTI in the world of Harry Potter & Star Wars.



Now that I have distracted you enough and helped you hopefully have a laugh it’s time to apply today!

Remember that you can always apply for our program by visiting I’m always available for you to email back (remember I am email guy) to or give me a call and chat (303)-871-2841. I’m here to help!

Happy applying!

Nick Ota-Wang aka “Email Guy”

GSSW Office of Admission