Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares clinical social workers in a specialized field of practice. The MSW curriculum is designed to encourage innovative responses to human and social needs. 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 MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Plan of Study (60 credits)

The MSW program may be completed in two or three years of fulltime study, including 1,100 hours of field practice. Employed students are encouraged to select the three year plan.

In their first year, MSW students develop knowledge, skills, and values for generalist social work. They then prepare for clinical social work in one of the following fields of practice:

  • Children and Families

  • Elders and Families

  • Mental Health and Substance Use: Co-occurring Disorders

  • Social Work in School Settings

Field Education

MSW students integrate theory with practice in two professionally-supervised field placements that extend through the fall and spring semesters of two academic years. The first field placement consists of 500 hours of generalist social work practice. The second field placement consists of 600 hours of clinical social work in the student’s specialized field of practice. Field placements must be arranged and approved by the Field Education Office.

Course Schedules

MSW students may schedule their coursework on evenings, on one weekday per week, or on weekends. Some courses are offered in hybrid (on campus and online) formats. Please note, however, that field placements are typically scheduled during weekdays (20 to 24 hours per week) in accordance with agency needs.

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


Applicants for the MSW program complete all admissions materials required by both the Office of Graduate Admissions and the Social Work Department. All application materials must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by December 15 for admission in the following year.

Non-Martriculated and Post-Graduate Students

Non-matriculated Social Work students may take up to 9 credits in the following courses: SWK 510, 550, and 551. Social workers who hold an MSW degree may enroll in any Social Work course except field practicum (SWK 570, 571, 572, or 573) on a space-available basis with permission of the instructor.