Colorado Mesa University leaders are looking at adding a master's degree in social work to the university's growing roster of graduate programs.

The university's Board of Trustees will vote on whether to pursue program development at meetings Tuesday and Wednesday.

The program would draw new students to CMU and would allow students who obtain a bachelor's degree in social work to continue to advance their careers without going to another university, according to the board's proposed agenda item.

Other master's of social work programs are offered at Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University and University of Denver, which also offers classes out of Glenwood Springs.

A master's degree opens up careers in social work, counseling, mental health and substance abuse, according to university leaders.

Full-time students would start in the program as early as fall 2022.

The program is expected to cost nearly $300,000 over the first two years before it starts making money from student tuition, according to CMU estimates. If trustees approve program development, university staff will work with the Council on Social Work Education to develop curriculum and establish clinical experiences for students.

Trustees are set to meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Gallegos Board Room on the third floor of Dominguez Hall.

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