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Our Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares students who are passionate about social justice to create lasting change for individuals, families, and communities. We offer:

  • Affordable tuition, plus scholarship opportunities
  • Flexible options: On-Campus MSW program, full-time & part-time
  • NEW! Fully Online MSW program, part-time
  • Ranking in the top 9% of graduate social work programs nationwide

Study Options

We understand that many of you have full-time jobs and families of your own, and we make every effort to make your busy lives easier. To meet students' scheduling needs, we offer full-time and part-time MSW program plans that are on-campus, a new fully online MSW, as well as Advanced Standing options.

NEW! Online MSW Program – Deadline Extended to July 15!

The Online MSW Program - Fully Online, Part-Time

An Online MSW Promoting Clinical Practice Careers: UConn’s Online MSW program retains the same integrity of our on-campus program. Students can expect a comprehensive overview of social work theory and practice, with a focus on Individuals, Groups, and Families Practice (IGFP). Offering a mix of synchronous and asynchronous classes, part-time, spanning a three-year period, UConn’s Online MSW maximizes flexibility without compromising the quality of education.

To learn more about UConn’s Online MSW and apply, please visit our Online MSW website at https://onlinemsw.socialwork.uconn.edu.

How the Program Works

Begin in the Fall
The program starts in late August. Students take two courses per semester over three years, including field education internships in the last two years.

Program Plan
The Online MSW Program plan outlines the course of study. A minimum of 60 credits is required, including 42 credits in classroom courses and 18 credits in field education. Course offerings are subject to change.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline EXTENDED: July 15, 2024

Full-Time, 2-Year Program

Most MSW students are engaged in full-time study and obtain their degrees in two years. Students select from daytime or evening course options. Students in the full-time program take their required field placement requirement during both years.

Review our Program Plans for full-time, two-year students.

Part-time Program: 3-Year and 4-Year Plans

For economic, personal, or educational reasons, some students choose not to complete the program in the typical pattern of two years of full-time study. In these situations, students may opt for the part-time program options, in which they may take up to four years to earn their degree.

Part-Time Three-Year Plan
Students would complete coursework during only the first year of the program, taking an average of three classes per semester. In the final two years, students will take field education.

Part-Time Four-Year Plan
Students would complete coursework during the first two years of the program, with an average of two classes per semester to lighten the load. Students will take field education in the final two years.

Review our Program Plans for part-time students.

Part-Time Cohort Program: 3-Year Plan

The MSW Part-Time Cohort Program provides students with the opportunity to complete their MSW degree in 3 years with a cohort of approximately 12-20 students. Students will take an average of three courses per semester.

A cohort program is one in which the same group of students take the same courses and work together all the way through to receiving their degree. This offers the predictability and consistency of learning among the same group of people. In this program students take a fixed schedule of evening and some weekend courses, which provides flexibility for those who have obligations during daytime hours. Only students that select the Individuals, Groups, and Families (IGFP) concentration will be able to participate in the Part-Time Cohort Program. Students will take the field placement requirement in the final two years of their program. The field placement would primarily occur during the hours of 9-5.

Seats for this Part-Time Cohort Program are limited. Therefore, we encourage applicants to apply sooner rather than later.

Review our Program Plans for Part-Time Cohort students.

Read our Part-Time Cohort Program FAQs.

Advanced Standing, Part-Time and Full-Time

Advanced Standing is designed for individuals who have graduated within the last six years from an undergraduate social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (3.5 preferred), this may be an opportunity for you to earn your MSW degree in less than one year, or in 18 months. Read more about Advanced Standing.

Review our Program Plans for Advanced Standing students.

Connecticut ¡Adelante!

This new MSW scholarship program is designed to increase the number of bilingual social workers trained to meet the mental health needs of Latino/a/e families in Connecticut. Students who are enrolled in our MSW program can apply for Connecticut ¡Adelante! Accepted students are eligible to receive $2,500 in tuition assistance each semester during the two-year program, for a total of up to $10,000. 

Read more about Connecticut ¡Adelante! and apply.

Review our Program Plan for Connecticut ¡Adelante! students.

Students applying for Connecticut ¡Adelante! can also apply for the School Social Work Program, which provides tuition assistance to eligible, matriculated students.

Watch the NBC CT stories, in English and in Spanish, about Connecticut ¡Adelante!

If you have questions about the Connecticut ¡Adelante! program, contact Eunices Pineda or Lesly Sanchez-Villar.

School Social Work Program

The School Social Work Program, supported through a grant from CT Health Horizons, aims to increase the number of MSW students prepared to enter the field of school social work. First- and second-year MSW students are eligible to apply.

Only students enrolled in our MSW program can apply for the School Social Work Program. Accepted students are eligible to receive a $10,000 stipend during any year in the program (first, second or Advanced Standing). MSW graduates will be reimbursed $250 for fees paid to pursue their Initial Educator Certification. 

Read more about the School Social Work Program and apply.

Students can also apply for the Connecticut ¡Adelante! program, which provides tuition assistance to eligible, matriculated students in the IGFP (Individuals, Groups, and Families) concentration.

If you have questions about the School Social Work Program, please contact Regina Lester-Harriat.

Scholars in Aging

Through a generous gift from a donor, the School of Social Work established the Scholars in Aging Program in 2022. This stipend-based internship program prepares Master of Social Work (MSW) students with specialized classroom and field training to serve the growing number of adults aged 65 and older within diverse communities and institutional settings.

The program will accept a cohort of eight students who have a strong interest in working with adults aged 65 and older. Priority consideration will be given to MSW advanced-year students who have chosen the Individuals, Groups and Families concentration; available spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read more about this program at the Scholars in Aging page and also at UConn Today.

Review our Program Plans for students.

Department of Children and Families (DCF) Cohort Program

This program is designed to increase the DCF workforce with professionally trained MSW-level staff. DCF employees will be able to complete their program in a five-semester, work-friendly format. Interested applicants must apply for spring term to the individuals, groups, and families concentration in order to be eligible for this program. If admitted, acceptance to the DCF internship program is not guaranteed.

Review our Program Plans for DCF Cohort Program students.

Read the NBC CT story about the program and recent graduates.

For MSW/DCF Cohort Program questions, contact:
• UConn School of Social Work: Milagros Marrero-Johnson
• DCF: Kristine Rivera

Specialized Concentrations

Our MSW program offers specialized concentrations to match your interests and career goals. Students can choose one of three areas of concentration:

Individuals, Groups, and Families Practice
Community Organizing
Policy Practice

Coursework

MSW students have the opportunity to gain foundational and specialized knowledge from a wide range of innovative courses, taught by our expert faculty. Explore our course descriptions for our:

MSW Admissions

Admission to the School of Social Work as a master's degree candidate is based on meeting the academic qualifications required of all students in the Graduate School plus an evaluation of the applicant’s potential for the profession of social work. Review our eligibility criteria and deadlines below. 

Eligibility

Regular MSW:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, university or equivalent
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the entire undergraduate record (emphasis given to last two years of undergraduate work)
  • Have a Liberal Arts foundation. See more details below.

Advanced Standing:

  • Have a BSW degree within the past six years from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. However, a 3.5 cum GPA is preferred.
  • Have a Liberal Arts foundation. See more details below.

 Learn more about Advanced Standing.

There are no foreign language or entrance examination requirements. It should be emphasized that meeting the academic requirements or previous enrollment in the Non-Degree Program does not guarantee admission. If you are admitted to the School before completing a bachelor’s degree, the admission will remain conditional until receipt of the final transcript of any undergraduate work in progress at the time of acceptance.

Application Deadlines

Program Entry Term Application Opens Application Deadline
MSW Advanced Standing Summer 2025 Application cycle will open in early September 2024. Check back in the fall for the application deadline.
MSW Regular Admission Fall 2025 Application cycle will open in early September 2024. Check back in the fall for the application deadline.

Incomplete applications including those missing recommendations will not be considered after the deadline.

Liberal Arts Requirements

Graduate education in social work at the UConn School of Social Work builds on a solid liberal arts foundation attained at the baccalaureate level. Applicants with a strong liberal arts foundation will have creative, analytical, and dialectical thinking skills gained from their undergraduate education in literature, the arts, politics, economics, history, philosophy, and the human and natural sciences. Entering students are expected to possess the intellectual and scholarly preparation needed for written and verbal communication, as well as for synthesizing and conceptualizing knowledge about advanced social work practice. They must also have knowledge about people, diverse cultures, social issues and problems. You must submit evidence of your liberal arts background in both your personal statement and official undergraduate transcript.

MSW applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or be close to completing their bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university demonstrating a liberal arts foundation. This coursework may include at least one course from each of the following categories: the Natural Sciences; the Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Humanities and Arts.

Courses in each category may include the following; these lists are not exhaustive but should provide a guideline for determining whether the liberal arts requirement is met. Please note: You do not need a degree in one of these areas. The UConn School of Social Work encourages applicants from all academic programs as long as the liberal arts requirement is met.

Natural Sciences: Anatomy/Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics

Social and Behavioral Sciences: Africana Studies; American Studies; Anthropology, Economics; Geography; History; Human Development; International and Cultural Studies; Psychology; Sociology; Urban and Community Studies; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Humanities and Arts: Communication, English, Foreign Language, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy

Field Education Requirements

Field work is an integral and important part of the MSW program. Previous work or life experience cannot be considered for academic credit. However, current employment in social service agencies may be considered for field education requirements if approved by the Field Education department. Visit the MSW Field Education page for more details.

How to Apply

Applications are considered on the basis of breadth of background and experience or evidence of promise in the field of social work, as well as on academic preparation. Applicants should be intellectually able, emotionally mature, interested in working with people, and potentially capable of assuming the heavy responsibilities which are inherent in social work.

Application Process & Fee

UConn School of Social Work uses an online self-managed application process. This process places the responsibility on the applicant for the collection and submission of all documents.

A non-refundable $75 application fee is required at the time your online application is submitted.

Graduate School Fee Waiver Policy

The Graduate School has agreed to waive application fees for prospective students associated with certain organizations and partnerships. Please view their Fee Waiver Policy for more information.

Preparing Your Application

The application consists of:

  • Submission of electronic application which includes:
    • Personal Statement *
    • Advanced Standing Essay (for Advanced Standing only) *
    • Professional Recommendations Three Professional Recommendations (submitted by recommenders) *
      • Regular MSW  - Two Professional Recommendations
      • Advanced Standing - Three Professional recommendations
      • All recommendations need to be submitted by the application deadline
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Copy of transcript(s) from each college/university that was listed for your bachelor's degree including after the bachelor's degree was earned. Do not include community colleges.
    • TOEFL scores (for international students only)
    • APPLICATION FEE: A non-refundable $75 application fee by credit card is due at the time your online application is submitted.

*View the PDF for specific instructions on the MSW application requirements.

Advanced Standing

Applicants will need their BSW degree conferred prior to the beginning of the advanced standing summer session which begins mid-July. All applicants will be considered for the regular MSW program if they are not accepted as an advanced standing student.

Reapplication Process

If a student delays matriculation or withdraws from the program, the student must reapply and complete a new application, upload all the required documents and pay the application fee of $75. It is suggested that applicants update their personal statement and consider updating recommendations.

For general application questions, contact:

UConn School of Social Work Office and Student and Academic Services at 959-200-3605 or at swadmission@uconn.edu

Begin Your Application

Please review the "Preparing Your Application" section above for specific instruction on application requirements prior to completing your application.

View the "Application Deadlines" section above for specific dates on the opening and closing of the application cycles.

Click here to begin an application to the UConn School of Social Work.

Financial Aid and Tuition

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid at the same time they apply for admission to the School. More information can be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid Services website.

You will most likely not hear back about Financial Aid at the time of acceptance.

All Financial Aid questions should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid Services at financialaid@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2819.

Important Information Regarding Financial Aid for MSW Students:

  • Students who pursue the extended degree program (3 or 4 years) will see a decline in their aid after the 2nd year.
  • Students who are enrolled part-time, regardless of their year in the program, are not eligible for grant money.

For tuition information pertaining to the UConn School of Social Work and to view costs for various program options, please visit the UConn Bursar website.

Funding Opportunities

Applicants are encouraged to explore Internal Funding Opportunities and External Funding Opportunities on the Graduate School's website.

Decisions and Communication With Applicants

Communication with applicants regarding status of applications, requests for additional or missing information, and application decisions will be sent by email from both the UConn Graduate School and the UConn School of Social Work. It is important that all communication is reviewed and responded to in a timely manner. Please be certain to check your SPAM/trash folders.

Decision Notification

School of Social Work faculty review all completed applications and make admission decisions. You will receive an email notification to check your account once a decision has been made.

Decision Timeline

  • Applications submitted for the Spring term:
    • Applicants will hear back no later than mid-December or sooner.
  • Applications submitted for the Summer and Fall terms:
    • Applicants that submit their application earlier in the admission cycle (before January) will hear back by approximately the end of January or sooner.
    • Applicants that submit their application during peak admission time (January and February) will hear back by approximately mid-April or sooner.

Information for Transfer Applicants

Once accepted students are matriculated into the program, a request for a transfer credit review should be sent to sswstudentservices@uconn.edu. It is preferred that students make the request prior to the orientation and advising sessions. Transfer credit requests are subject to final approval by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Transfer Credit Guidelines:

A minimum grade of B- is required for transfer credit. There are three classifications of transfer credits:

  1. Students who transfer from a Council on Social Work Education accredited graduate social work program and have completed one full year including field education, within the last six years, may be granted up to 15 credits, with the possibility of being equivalent to one year of the MSW program. Due to different curricular patterns in MSW programs, it will be necessary to revise the second year course of study to ensure all requirements for the degree have been met.
  2. Students who transfer from a Council on Social Work Education accredited graduate social work program and have completed less than a full year, within the last four years, may be granted credit for MSW courses to be applied toward the MSW degree. The specific number of credits, no more than 12 credits, is determined by the Director of Student and Academic Services.
  3. Students transferring from a graduate program and have completed some graduate work closely related to social work within the past four years may be granted a maximum of nine (9) credits. These courses are generally applied toward elective credits as long as they were not already counted toward a completed degree.