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MSW Program

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The Master of Social Work program prepares graduates for advanced clinical social work practice and for leadership in the social work profession.  The MSW curriculum is designed to encourage innovative responses to human and social need.  MSW 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

The 60-credit MSW program may be completed in two or three years of full-time study, including 1,100 hours of field practice.  Students who are employed full-time are encouraged to choose the three-year plan of study.  A faculty advisor serves as mentor and guide throughout the student’s graduate school career.  
During the first part of the program or the foundation year, students gain knowledge, skills, and 500 hours of field practice experience in generalist social work practice.  During their second part of the program, students develop advanced clinical knowledge and skills with 600 hours of advanced clinical field practice in one of the following specializations:
  • Children and Families
  • Elders and Families
  • Mental Health and Substance Use: Co-occurring Disorders
  • Social Work in School Settings
Students who are admitted with Advanced Standing have satisfied MSW foundation requirements (21 credits) in a CSWE-accredited BSW program.  Advanced standing students earn their MSW degree in 39 credits, including 700 hours of advanced clinical field practice in an area of specialization.  Advanced Standing students complete their MSW degree in one or two years of full-time study:  
  • One-year plan:  One calendar year; three semesters (summer, fall, spring).
  • Two-year plan:  Two academic years; four semesters (two fall semesters, two spring semesters)
  • Students who are employed full-time are encouraged to select the two-year plan of study. 

The MSW program seeks to accommodate students’ schedules by offering courses on weekdays, evenings, weekends, and in hybrid (on campus and online) formats.  Field practice hours are typically completed during weekdays according to agency needs.

For specific MSW degree requirements and course descriptions, please see the Graduate Catalog

The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).