University of Connecticut

A Welcome from the Interim Dean

Nina Rovinelli Heller, Ph.D. Interim Dean and Zachs Professor in Social Work

Nina Rovinelli Heller, Ph.D.
Interim Dean and Zachs Professor in Social Work

Social workers change lives. Whether you are a graduating college senior, a longtime social service worker, someone considering a career change or an MSW graduate interested in a doctoral degree, the UConn School of Social Work has something extraordinary to offer you. Realize your dreams, expand your knowledge and develop your skills and your vision of a more just world through our MSW programs, PhD program or Professional Development offerings. These programs support our central mission – the promotion of social and economic justice; and the improvement of human well-being at home and across the globe – through scholarship and practice.

For nearly 60 years we have been offering our signature program, the MSW degree and our 8100 alumni are social work leaders throughout the region and nationally.  We offer flexible MSW study plans, including an Advanced Standing Option, where students share common broad based foundation courses with advanced specialization in method concentrations and the opportunity to select a focused area of study. Field education is core to our curriculum and provides the opportunity to intern in a wide range of urban, rural and international contexts under the supervision of experienced social workers. Our PhD program is the only public social work doctoral degree in New England and offers a flexible study option, a collaborative learning environment and opportunities for research and teaching assistantships.

Located within one of the top 25 public research universities in the nation, the SSW builds knowledge to improve social work practice while maintaining a strong public service commitment. Situated on the University of Connecticut Greater Hartford campus in West Hartford, the School of Social Work combines the convenience of easy access to a major urban center, ethnically and economically diverse populations, hundreds of human service agencies, and state government offices.

Our diverse learning community includes outstanding faculty, talented and motivated students, supportive staff and engaged community partners. At the UConn SSW you will build strong collaborations for practice and research and learn from faculty who are distinguished in their fields. Consider bringing your vision, your intellect and your energy to the programs at the UConn School of Social Work – where we make a difference.

 

Nina Rovinelli Heller, Ph.D.
Interim Dean
Zachs Professor of Social Work