Connecticut Social Work Programs and Degrees Guide

Connecticut social work programs prepare students for generalist and advanced practice with diverse populations. The state does not require licensure for generalist social work practice with a degree such as a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), but you will need to obtain a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and a state social work license if you plan to provide clinical services. Accredited degrees offered by social work schools in Connecticut will provide a solid foundation for your future career in the field, particularly if you plan to work in another state that may have stricter requirements for licensure and practice.

Quick Facts

  • 11 schools offering social work programs in Connecticut are in our database (see below)
  • Of the social work schools in Connecticut, 2 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 7 offer bachelor’s degrees, and 5 offer a master’s or advanced degree1
  • 1 school ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 20182
  • 4 schools ranked in US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs in 20183
  • 1 school ranked in Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs in 20184
  • Across 9 schools, 12 bachelor’s and master’s social work degree programs in Connecticut are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)5

Top-Ranked Schools with Social Work Programs in Connecticut

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

  • University of Connecticut (#35 in-state, #38 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs 2018

  • University of Connecticut (#38 tie)
  • Southern Connecticut State University (#105 tie)
  • Quinnipiac University (#201 tie)
  • University of Saint Joseph (#201 tie)

Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs 2018

  • Sacred Heart University

Schools with Social Work Programs Accredited by the CSWE

  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Goodwin College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Saint Joseph
  • Western Connecticut State University

Schools in Connecticut with Social Work Degree Programs

BSW and Other Undergraduate Programs

University of St. Joseph

Located in West Hartford, the University of St. Joseph is a private, Roman Catholic, women’s only college with just under 1,000 undergraduate students. The School of Social Work’s BSW program offers a unique opportunity to specialize in Latino issues through the Latino Community Practice concentration. Students in this stream must also study Spanish to achieve at least intermediate fluency and complete a field placement in a bilingual setting. The school also offers a Criminal Justice concentration that includes related electives and a field placement in a criminal justice setting. The school is dedicated to social justice and diversity; all students are required to take at least one class in Latino or racial issues. The university also offers a CSWE-accredited MSW and was ranked #79 among regional universities in the North by US News & World Report in 2016.

Sacred Heart University

Located 90 minutes northeast of New York City in Fairfield, Sacred Heart University is a private Roman Catholic institution. In 2016, US News & World Report ranked the university #41 in the Regional Universities (North) category. The social work department, within the school’s College of Arts & Sciences, has offered a CSWE-accredited BSW since 1981, training generalist social workers to work with individuals, groups, and communities in many settings. All students take core curriculum classes including communications, humanities, math, and philosophy. The social work major curriculum includes courses on social welfare, social policy, diversity, and human behavior. Students then put this learning into practice in field education placements. All students complete at least 600 hours of supervised field education over the junior and senior years of the program. Previous placements have been in child welfare, corrections, family services, disabilities, and health settings across the state.

MSW and Other Graduate Programs

University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut, founded in 1881, is a public institution located in the rural town of Storrs. US News & World Report ranked the university #57 among national universities in 2016. UConn’s School of Social Work’s MSW program has a methods-based curriculum; instead of choosing concentrations based on areas of practice or specific populations, students choose a concentration based on their preferred style of practice: Casework, Group Work, Community Organization, Administration, or Policy Practice. However, the curriculum is currently under review and changes are expected for the 2017-2018 academic year. Along with many other professional schools at the university, the School of Social Work is part of the Urban Service Track collaboration, which trains healthcare professionals to work with under-served communities in urban areas across the state. Students in this program attend inter-professional education retreats during the year and volunteer with related community service organizations.

Quinnipiac University

Located in Hamden, a suburb of New Haven, Quinnipiac University is a private college offering a CSWE-accredited MSW program. US News & World Report ranked the university in a tie at #11 among regional universities in the North in 2016. The university’s School of Health Sciences offers an MSW program is focused on health, mental health, and behavioral health social work practice. All students take courses in inter-professional education that prepare them to work in collaborative healthcare teams to address client needs. Full-time students are admitted to the two-year program in the fall term; students can also begin the program part-time in either the fall or spring terms but must be able to complete the second year of the program on a full-time basis. Field education placements give students at least 1,000 hours of supervised experience in an organization related to their future practice goals and interests.

Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University offers a Master of Social Work degree program that takes 60 credit hours to complete. The degree can be pursued on either a two-year or a three-year plan of study. In the first part of the program, students focus on courses meant to develop practical knowledge in the field of social work. In the second part of the program, students complete clinical field experience and develop a specialization in either Children and Families; Elders and Families; Mental Health and Substance Use; or Social Work in School Settings. To meet graduation requirements, MSW candidates must complete a master’s thesis. An accelerated advanced standing program is available for those with a BSW from a program accredited by the CSWE, which may shorten the time it takes to earn the MSW. The Social Work Department at Southern Connecticut State offers opportunities for graduate assistantships that may help with the cost of tuition.

Accreditation Information for Connecticut Social Work Schools

School Graduation Rate1 Transfer-Out Rate1 Associate’s SW Program Bachelor’s SW Program Graduate SW Program CSWE Accredited5 US News Best Social Work Grad Schools Ranking3 Net Price*1
Capital Community College 7% 28% Yes No No No Not Ranked $8,805
Central Connecticut State University 52% N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $14,734
Eastern Connecticut State University 56% N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $16,050
Goodwin College 23% 13% No Yes No No Not Ranked $21,757
Manchester Community College 16% 25% Yes No No No Not Ranked $4,317
Mitchell College 46% N/A Yes No No No Not Ranked $28,125
Quinnipiac University 76% N/A No No Yes Yes #201 tie $35,630
Sacred Heart University 67% N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $37,204
Southern Connecticut State University 53% N/A No Yes Yes Yes #105 tie $13,517
University of Connecticut 81% 14% No No Yes Yes #38 tie $19,049
University of Saint Joseph 51% N/A No Yes Yes Yes #201 tie $26,210
Western Connecticut State University 43% 35% No Yes Yes Yes Not Ranked $16,625

*The net price is calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics by subtracting the average amount of aid (including grants and scholarships) from the total published cost of attendance for in-state/in-district students, which includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses. To gain a better understanding of how to interpret the statistics discussed in this table, see our list of important definitions.

Directory of Connecticut Social Work School Programs

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Schools with an asterisk (*) have programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Capital Community College
950 Main St
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 906-5000

Central Connecticut State University*
1615 Stanley St
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 832-2278

Eastern Connecticut State University*
83 Windham St
Willimantic, CT 06226
(860) 465-5000

Goodwin College
One Riverside Dr
East Hartford, CT 06118
(860) 528-4111

Manchester Community College
60 Bidwell St
Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 512-3000

Mitchell College
437 Pequot Ave
New London, CT 06320
(860) 701-5000

Quinnipiac University*
275 Mt Carmel Ave
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 582-8200

Sacred Heart University*
5151 Park Ave
Fairfield, CT 06825-1000
(203) 371-7999

Southern Connecticut State University*
501 Crescent St
New Haven, CT 06515-1355
(203) 392-5200

Student Review: “The Southern Connecticut State University has an amazing social work program. The staff that worked for the program had a great personality and were reliable. The material you learn at the program is great and can be applied to any career. Everyone in the program was interactive with each other and tried to help each other out. I still have friends that I met from the program and we talk regularly. The program had a very big impact on my career in a good way because of all the employers I met. It helped me make connections with employers that helped me later on in my career once I was out of school. I do feel like my time at the social program was well worth it and would recommend it.” – Student at Southern Connecticut State University

University of Connecticut*
352 Mansfield Rd
Storrs, CT 06269
(860) 486-2000

Student Review: “I have recommended UCONN Graduate School of Social Work to many others due to the quality of teaching by genuinely caring professors, the challenge of the curriculum, and the camaraderie of the student body. The professors I learned from were mostly published scholars with terminal degrees. They were a diverse group of men and women and sincerely cared about the student body. It wasn’t uncommon to see them attending student-led workgroups, activities, or seminars. Each professor I studied with welcomed questions and challenges to theory and academics. Each respected the balance needed between family life, self-care, and school responsibilities and routinely monitored the students in their classes for stress levels.Curriculum accentuated public policy and social justice. A full range of theory was taught, with a person-in-environment emphasis. We learned how to treat not just the diagnosis, but the environment that surrounds our clients. Multiple and current public policy issues were brought to the state legislature directly by students in the program. Other students interned at the United Nations, State Legislature building, lobbies, as well as traditional schools, hospitals, and clinics.The student body is diverse, motivated, and truly united. The issues that face our society as a whole are seen in piecemeal throughout our internships. When we meet up in the classroom, the different experiences we each have had combine to a larger picture of the challenges we face in the “real world,” outside school walls. And the big picture of what we face can be so daunting it binds us together out of necessity for support and encouragement.” – Student at University of Connecticut

University of Saint Joseph*
1678 Asylum Ave
West Hartford, CT 06117
(860) 232-4571

Western Connecticut State University*
181 White St
Danbury, CT 06810-6826
(203) 837-8200

Schools with an asterisk (*) have programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-private-colleges/index.php?table=all
3. US News & World Report Social Work Best Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/social-work-rankings
4. Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs 2018: /degrees/masters/online/
5. Council on Social Work Education: https://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Directory-of-Accredited-Programs.aspx