The UConn School of Social Work is unique. Here, students have the opportunity to pursue a concentration in social work practice in addition our professional foundation curriculum. Students can choose an area of concentration: Community Organization, Individuals, Groups & Families, or Policy Practice. Within a chosen area of concentration, students will learn specific skills and practices as they apply in a variety of professional settings. Explore our concentrations!
Variety of 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.
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 two semesters. Learn more here.
Students who have received a BSW degree within six (6) years from an undergraduate school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education will be automatically exempt from the following foundation courses if a grade of “B” or better was earned and the content of the social work material is comparable: Human Oppression, Research I, Analysis of Social Welfare Policy, Human Behavior: Macro & Micro Theories, Macro Foundation Practice, Micro Foundation Practice.
Focused Area of Study
In addition to areas of concentration, students can focus on a current social work issue through our Focused Areas of Study option. Using elective credits , students can focus their study on a particular population or social problem that complements your concentration, such as: Health and Wellness through the Lifespan; International Issues in Social Work; Intersectionality, Human Agency, and Social Justice; Urban Issues in Social Work; & Violence Prevention in Families and Communities. Students with a record of coherent academic accomplishment completing all requirements in an area of study will receive a letter of recognition.
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, Public Administration, and Public Health. In addition, a joint degree program is offered in collaboration with the Yale University Divinity School. Learn more here.
Summer Block Placement
The School offers a summer block placement program providing there is sufficient enrollment within the student’s concentration. Summer block placements are available to advanced year students, except for those with a concentration of Policy Practice, during the summer following the completion of all program requirements except the advanced year of field education and the final concentration courses. In order to qualify for this program, students must meet a number of requirements outlined in the Field Education manual.
If you are 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. The Non-Degree program allows you to earn a maximum of 15 credits toward your MSW degree. Learn more here. Please note that Non-degree status does not constitute, guarantee, or imply admission or readmission into any program at UConn.