Preparing leaders to help improve lives, redress injustices, improve systems, and prevent social problems and suffering.

The MSW curriculum is designed to encourage innovative responses to human and social needs.  Small classes and field seminars, award-winning faculty, and a diverse range of field practices place students at the very heart of social work’s premise: promoting the personal and social development of people in their communities. 

MSW students gain important experience in a field practicum, the cornerstone of a social work education. The internship is with an agency-based field instructor, and field practice opportunities exist in more than 200 agencies throughout Connecticut. Graduates are qualified for professional social work positions in public and private agencies at the local, state, and national levels and for applying for the State of Connecticut LMSW Licensure Examination.

Program Highlights

  • 60-credit program
  • 1,100 hours of supervised field practice in two different internships that extend through the fall and spring semesters of two academic years
  • Highly-regarded faculty who are experts in their fields, and agency-based field instructors who provide individualized guidance and supervision.
  • With more than 200 field practice settings throughout the state, the MSW program arranges internships for students based on their professional interests and goals.

Program Formats

2-year program (60 credits): Includes 5 classes a semester, a 500 hour first year internship (roughly 18 hours/week), and a 600 hour second year (roughly 21 hours/week)

3-year program (60 credits): The first year is just taking classes. The second year is classes and a 500 hour internship, and the third year consists of classes and a 600 hour internship

Qualified BSW graduates earn the MSW in one calendar year.

MSW applicants who have graduated from a CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program within the past six years are eligible to apply for admission with Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing students have demonstrated competencies in generalist social work (21 credits) through exemplary performance in their BSW courses and field practice. In addition, they have shown professional maturity through voluntary or employed experience in human services.

Advanced Standing students complete 39 credits, including a clinical field placement of 700 hours (about 24 hours per week) in their specialized field of practice. The MSW Advanced Standing program may be completed in one calendar year of full-time study (summer, fall, and spring semesters) or in two academic years of full-time study (two fall semesters and two spring semesters). Employed students are encouraged to select the two-year plan.

Applicants to the MSW Advanced Standing program complete the regular MSW application process, and in addition, they submit a third educational or professional reference letter and their final BSW field evaluation (for BSW graduates) or mid-term field evaluation (for current BSW students).

Three-year, weekend program in Mental Health and Substance Use: Co-Occurring Disorders

The MSW COD Cohort program is designed for students who are employed in the field of Mental Health and Substance Use: Co-Occurring Disorders (COD). The COD Cohort program is designed to support students who are maintaining their employment while they pursue their MSW degree.

COD Cohort students take classes for three days per month (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) through three calendar years, including fall, spring, and summer semesters. Most classes are delivered in a hybrid format (on campus and online). The COD Cohort program emphasizes an adult learning paradigm in which courses are taken sequentially, a supportive learning community is created, and self–discipline and self-directed learning are key skills for success.

The application process for the COD Cohort program is the same as the process for other MSW applicants. Qualified employees of the Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and its contract agencies are encouraged to apply. For further information, please see the COD Cohort Program Brochure.

The dual degree program in the Master of Social Work and Master of Arts in Women’s Studies (MSW/MA) allows students to prepare for clinical social work practice while exploring and applying research and theory in women’s and gender studies. Academic coursework, field practice experiences, and mentoring relationships afford interdisciplinary opportunities for integrating methods of scholarly inquiry, critical problem solving, and leadership development.

Program Requirements

Visit the graduate catalog for application deadlines and program requirements.


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Buley Library, BU 444-448
(203) 392-9670


Department of Social Work
Phone: (203) 392-6551