CMU considering adding Masters of Social Work program

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- CMU is looking at adding a masters program for social work.

The university says current students have expressed a lot of interest in a master of social work program.

Right now, CMU just has a bachelors program, which prepares students for service positions in the field, but not clinical jobs.

That's where this new program would come in.

As of now, there are three other master's programs for social workers in Colorado at Colorado State, Metro State, and the University of Denver.

"It's pretty much the gateway, you have to have a masters of social work to practice independently as a social worker. Bachelor of Social Work, you have to be supervised in some shape or manner. So really, if you want to be a full blown social worker, you really need the MSW," said CMU President Tim Foster.

Foster said the program would cost about $600,000, The board of trustees considered adding the program August 13th, and will meet to discuss it again on the 14th.

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