A Welcome from the Dean

Social workers change lives. Whether you are an undergraduate, 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 BSW Program, MSW Program, PhD Program, or Continuing Education 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.

According to US News and World Report, we are ranked in the top 20% of all ranked programs nationally and among public university social work programs. For more than 70 years we have been offering our signature program, the MSW degree and our 8400 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 Hartford campus, 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.

At UConn, you will be taught and mentored by nationally and internationally renowned faculty engaged with talented and motivated student colleagues and supported by dedicated staff and engaged community partners. Here, you will also build strong collaborations for practice and research alongside our faculty.

There has never been a time when we need social workers more. At UConn, you will be challenged to think about society's greatest challenges and will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to develop creative solutions.

Consider bringing your vision, your intellect and your energy to the programs at the UConn School of Social Work where we make a difference together.


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


Nicole Campbell

Nicole Campbell, DSW

Director of Field Education

(959) 200-3615

Joanne Corbin

Joanne Corbin, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

(959) 200-3649

Michael Fendrich

Michael Fendrich, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean for Research

(959) 200-3612

Scott Harding, PhD

Scott Harding, PhD

Associate Professor and Co-Director, PhD Program

(959) 200-3628

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Nina Rovinelli Heller, PhD

Dean, Zachs Chair in Social Work and Co-Director, PhD Program

(959) 200-3649

Brenda Kurz

Brenda Kurz, PhD

Associate Professor and MSW Program Director

(959) 200-3635

Paula Nieman, PhD


(959) 200-3659