Non-Degree Program Academic Information


Program Policies/Curriculum Information

Academic 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 Students who exceed the maximum allowable credit limit will be required to withdraw or will be administratively withdrawn from those credits that exceed the limit without benefit of a refund.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.

Curriculum Information

2-credit courses meet weekly for 2-hours for the first 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.

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.

Substantive Area/Focused Area of Study

A substantive area/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.

  • Urban Issues in Social Work
  • International Issues in Social Work
  • Black Studies for Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Practice with Older Adults
  • Puerto Rican/Latino/a Studies in Social Work
  • Social Work with Women and Children in Families
  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse in Social Work Practice

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. Questions on this policy should be directed to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. You may email her or call her office at (860) 570-9141.

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.