University of Connecticut

Non-Degree Program

Elizabeth Cameron


We are excited that you are considering taking a course through our Non-Degree Program. A variety of morning, afternoon, evening and special schedule classes are available to help accommodate students’ personal and professional time commitments.

The Non-Degree Program enables you to register for graduate social work courses as a non-matriculated student. The program is ideal for:

  • Enrolling in courses to lighten your course load before applying to the program
  • Helping to make a career decision about social work
  • Identifying career development courses for human service professionals
  • Moving ahead with your social work career, but not immediately returning to school full-time

Important Information Regarding Enrollment

  • Individuals must have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Students may take courses during the Fall, Spring, Summer and Winter Intersession.
  • A maximum of 6 credits may be taken each semester not to exceed a total of 14 credits while in the Non-Degree Program. All courses may not transfer.
  • All grades earned of B (not B-) or higher will be transferred to the student’s record once matriculated.
  • Non-Degree enrollment does not guarantee admission into the MSW Program.
  • Credits are valid 6 years from the date of matriculation.
  • Courses are offered at the School of Social Work located on the Hartford Campus in West Hartford. 2-credit courses meet weekly for 2-hours for 10 weeks of the semester or the equivalent of 20 classroom hours. 3-credit courses meet weekly for 2-hours for the entire 14 week semester or the equivalent of 28 classroom hours.

Non-Degree Program Academic and Policy Information

Students may take up to 6 credits each semester and a maximum of 14 credits while enrolled in the Non-Degree Program. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor credits earned while enrolled in the Program. Students who exceed the maximum allowable credit limit will be required to withdraw or will be administratively withdrawn from those credits that exceed the limit without benefit of a refund. The University of Connecticut School of Social Work reserves the right to remove unauthorized registrations without benefit of a refund.

A student who wishes to register for a Non-Degree Program course must be in good academic standing with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better. Students with a low GPA, excessive incomplete grades or withdrawals from courses cannot continue unless approved by the MSW Program Director.

The period during which completed courses may be counted toward graduation requirements is limited to 6 years, counting back from the date of graduation. Students should plan their course of study carefully taking into consideration this 6-year limit.

Explanation of Research Requirements

All students are required to enroll in an Advanced Research Course:

RSCH 5340 Social Work Practice Evaluation: Macro Systems/Micro Systems

The prerequisite for RSCH 5340 may be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

  1. Successful completion of BASC 5333-Research Methods for Social Work Practice (minimum grade of C-)
  2. Successful completion of research waiver examination (achieving a score of 70% or better)
  3. Successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate social work research course within the previous six years. This includes students who hold a BSW degree. A grade of B or better must have been earned.

Focused Area of Study

A focused area of study provides an opportunity for students to organize their 9 elective credits on a population or social problem area as a complement to their method concentration of study.

Complete Information on Focused Area of Study

Policy on Class Attendance

The University of Connecticut Graduate School has no official policy on allowed absences from class; individual instructors are permitted to consider class attendance in determining the final grade for a course. The instructor should describe the computation of the grade and the relation between grades and attendance at the beginning of the semester.

Where grades depend on classroom participation, which is true for the majority of courses offered at the School of Social Work, absences may affect the student’s grade. Based on this principle, an excessive number of absences may be grounds for failure in the course. Excessive absence is defined as missing 25 percent or more of a course.

This is particularly important to consider for classes that meet in alternative formats, especially all day sessions. Missing one session would constitute an excessive absence from the class. Students should not register for such a course if they know in advance that they will not be able to attend all sessions.

If an emergency or some unforeseen circumstance causes the student to miss a full day session, he/she should be in immediate contact with the instructor. In most cases the resolution will be withdrawal from the course.

Social Security Number Request Policy

The University requests that you provide your Social Security Number (SSN). We are required by federal law to inform you of this request. The SSN is collected to enable the University to comply with federal requirements mandated under the IRS tax laws and the Title IV student aid legislation and for other administrative purposes. The University assigns each student a unique identifier that is not the SSN that is used for most administrative purposes.

Click on the links below to review additional important information:

Semester Calendar
Directions and Parking
Pre-Class Assignment
Course Descriptions
Fees/Payment/Refund Information
How to Register
Student Administration Account/Google Apps@UConn/HuskyCT
Weather Closing/Emergency Alert Notification System
Class Schedule and Codes
Non Degree Program Registration Form
Non Degree Program Schedule Revision Form

For further information on the Non-Degree Program or assistance in selecting classes, please email