About the School of Social Work

The University of Connecticut School of Social Work is a national leader in graduate social work education.  A top 25 public university in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, UConn is committed to affordability, access, and minimizing student debt.  In our School's 70 year history, we have more than 8400 alumni. We have a rich tradition of educating and serving diverse populations and more than one-third of our 400 students belong to underrepresented groups in higher education.

U.S. News & World Report ranks the UConn School of Social Work among the top 15 percent for 2019. Two hundred sixty-two MSW programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education were surveyed. UConn ranked number 36 (tie). "The School of Social Work is standing strong among the nation's leading graduate schools of social work," says Dean Nina Heller.

The School’s research doctorate is the only public social work PhD program in the region. We are the first public university in Connecticut to offer a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree in social work. Our areas of distinction include mental health, trauma and violence prevention and reduction; international social work and human rights; social and health disparities; diversity and cultural competence; and policy analysis, advocacy, and community organizing.

The School of Social Work is involved in a growing number of interdisciplinary collaborations within the University, including with the School of Law, UConn Health, and the Human Rights Institute. We also have extensive collaborations with public and private human service agencies. Our graduates play major roles in planning, administering, and providing social and mental health services in Connecticut, the region, and beyond.

If you haven’t done so already, come to an Open House, Tour or Information Session. You will learn more about our flexible program options to chart a course of study that works with your schedule.

Building Hours:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Social Work building will be closed to the public until at least January 4, 2021.

Social Work classes being held in-person will be located at the Hartford Times Building, 10 Prospect Street.

The best way to reach faculty and staff is by email.