University of Connecticut

Administration Concentration

Kyle Pinto talks about why he chose the Administration ConcentrationThe Administration Concentration prepares experienced social work students for middle and top administrative positions in human service agencies, and other leadership positions in the social work profession. The concentration strives to prepare women and men who are able to envision, direct, plan, and evaluate agency services to improve the welfare of clients and the community. Students learn to apply technical, managerial, interpersonal and administrative knowledge to agency responsibilities; articulate a sound philosophy about society and its needs; effectively approach modern image management, including the use of technology and other methods for media relations; offer leadership in the profession of social work and in the community; operate within the code of professional ethics as individuals and as representatives of organizations; and remain committed to a lifetime of learning.

Students are viewed as both social workers and administrators. This underlies our concept of the social work administrator as one who 1) creates a climate and conditions that are supportive and responsive to people’s need for human services; and 2) develops an organizational environment that is creative and innovative, in which staff can grow personally and professionally.

Career opportunities for social work administrators include positions as executive directors, program directors, project coordinators, supervisors, and staff development directors, in the human service agencies of state and local governments and in a variety of private, nonprofit social service agencies. Graduates offer leadership in diverse fields including health, child welfare, aging, mental health, women’s services, family services, and corporate social responsibility. The Administration Concentration is open to applicants who have post-baccalaureate human service related experience equivalent to a full time total of two years prior to enrollment. This experience may be paid or voluntary and in either direct service or administration.

Administration Concentration Requirements:

Catalog Number Description Semester Credits
ADMN 5301 Managing People: Communication Skills in Supervision, Personnel Management and Leadership
Concurrent with FED 5352 (Field) & FED 5302 (Field Advising Seminar)
Spring 1st year 3
POPR 5310 Program Planning, Development and Evaluation
Concurrent FED 5353 (Field) & FED 5310 (Field Advising Seminar) (Combined course for ADMN, CORG and POPR)
Fall 2nd year 3
ADMN 5302 Managing Money: Financial Management Strategies and Fiscal Responsibilities for Social Administrators
Concurrent with ADMN 5353 (Field) & FED 5310 (Field Advising Seminar)
Fall 2nd year 3
ADMN 5303 Creating & Managing Opportunities in the Organization’s Internal and External Environments
Concurrent with ADMN 5354 (Field) & FED 5311 (Field Advising Seminar)
Spring 2nd year 3

Credit Summary:

Catalog Number Description Credits
Basic Foundation Courses 28
Advanced Method Concentration Courses (above) 12
RSCH 5340 Additional Research Course 2
ADMN 5353 Advanced Field Education III 4
ADMN 5310* Field Advising Seminar (Fall Semester) 0
ADMN 5354 Advanced Field Education IV 4
FED 5311* Field Advising Seminar (Spring Semester) 1
Elective Courses 9
Total Credits: 60

*Registrations will be entered through the Registrar’s Office.