Flexible 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 life easier. By offering a variety of study options, we help you make your schedule work for you.

You may consider a variety of plans of study for:

Advanced Standing

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, this may be an opportunity for you to earn your MSW degree in a summer and one year. Learn more here.

BSW Exemption

If you have received the Bachelor of Social Work degree within the last six years from an undergraduate school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and received a grade of B or better, you are automatically exempt from the following foundation courses: Macro Foundation Practice, Micro Foundation Practice, Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Micro, Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Macro, Social Welfare Policy, Research I and Human Oppression. You may also qualify for Advanced Standing.

Employed Social Work Program

Under certain circumstances, if you are already employed in a social work agency you may use your place of employment to meet one year of your field education requirement. In an Employed Social Work placement, the student is permitted to use 15 or 20 of their paid employment hours per week for their field education assignments. A special written agreement must be developed and agreed to by all parties. Approval is contingent upon the soundness of the educational plan. This option is not available to Advanced Standing students.

Extended Degree Program

For economic, personal, and/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 Extended Degree Program, in which they may take up to four years to earn the degree.

Dual Degree Program

Dual degree programs encourage you to design an educational experience that specifically addresses your interests in the field of Social Work. We have developed programs in collaboration with the UConn Schools of Law, Business Administration, and Public Health. In addition, a joint degree program is offered in collaboration with the Yale University Divinity School.

Summer Block Placement

The School offers a summer block placement program providing there is sufficient enrollment within the student’s advanced concentration. Summer block placements are available to advanced year students during the summer following the completion of all program requirements except the advanced year of field education and the final method courses. In order to qualify for this program, students must submit an application, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have demonstrated exceptional performance in the first year of field education.

Non-Degree Program

If you’re ready to move ahead with your career, but not ready to return to school full-time, Non-Degree program is for you. You can earn credits toward your degree prior to admission. Please note that participation in the Non-Degree program does not guarantee admission into the MSW program. The Non-Degree program allows you to earn a maximum of 14 credits toward your MSW degree. A choice of required and elective courses is offered in West Hartford.