Social Work


Professor Nina Heller

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Scott Harding

Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship

Michael Fendrich

MSW Program Director

Brenda Kurz

PhD Program Director

Nina Heller


Davidson, Fendrich, Fisher, Gitterman, Heller, Raheim, Simmons

Associate Research Professors

Lin, James, Ulaszek

Assistant Research Professor


Associate Professors

Comer, Cordero, Drachman, Harding, Kurz, Libal, Malcolm, Medina, Negroni, Spath, Thomas, Werkmeister-Rozas, Wilson

Assistant Professors

Berthold, Elsaesser, Garran

Assistant Extension Professor


Extension Instructor


The University of Connecticut School of Social Work promotes social and economic justice by providing high quality graduate education in social work. The School shares with other units of the University the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, the vision of an expanded international role, and a commitment to public service that bring the knowledge of the University to the people of the State. The School of Social Work offers courses of study leading to the degrees of Master of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy.

The Ph.D. Program

The goal of the doctoral program in Social Work is to equip future social work leaders with the expert scholarly and research skills needed to provide intellectual leadership and direction to the profession. The program provides a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare social workers for careers as faculty in colleges and universities and as researchers. The curriculum reflects the particular attention given to the unique role of theory and research in the traditions of professional social work in relation to applied practice and to knowledge building.

The course of study consists of 54 graduate credits. Ten core courses (30 credits) provide the students with competency in advanced research methods and statistics, social science theories and social work practice models, while the balance consists of two elective courses (6 credits) in related disciplines, a dissertation preparation seminar (3 credits) and dissertation research (15 credits).

The Ph.D. Admission Procedure

Applicants to the Ph.D. program in Social Work must have an M.S.W. degree and a minimum of two years post – M.S.W. experience in social work.

In addition to the admission standards of the Graduate School, all applicants are required to submit scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations, three letters of professional reference, a personal statement, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample. All items should be submitted through our online application process. All applicants are advised to visit the UConn School of Social Work website <> for more detailed information about the Ph.D. Program and application materials.

The M.S.W. Program

Students in the UConn School of Social Work MSW program are educated in micro and macro practice methods that focus on the strengths of individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Building on this foundation, the School’s advanced concentrations include specializations in Casework, Group Work, Community Organization, Policy Practice and Social Work Administration. With diversity in student, staff and faculty, the School is recognized as having strong programs dedicated to empowering students to recognize and challenge their stereotypes and prejudices while exploring the experiences of diverse social identities.

In addition to gaining knowledge and skills in practice interventions, the School offers unique opportunities to be involved in political social work and policy advocacy, international social work and social welfare, Latino and Black studies, urban issues, and mental health and substance abuse. The course of study requires that each student earn 18 of the program’s 60 credits in field education through supervised placements in agencies where they learn to integrate theory and practice. B.S.W.s from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may be eligible for course exemptions or for the Advanced Standing Option. For further curriculum and program information, please visit our website at:

We invite you to join us in this mission and commitment to promote social and economic justice and to contribute to the improvement of human well-being.

The M.S.W. Admission Procedure

UConn School of Social Work uses an online self-managed application process. This process places the responsibility on the applicant for the collection and submission of all documents. The application includes recommendations, personal statement, residence affidavit, and transcripts from all schools attended.  A more detailed description of the M.S.W. program, admission procedures, and financial aid information are available at the School of Social Work website <> and in the current view book of the School of Social Work which can be obtained from the Admissions Office, University of Connecticut School of Social Work, 1798 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut 06117. Phone: (860) 570-9118.

Dual Degree Programs

Reflecting the School’s commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and practice, dual degree programs are offered with the University of Connecticut Schools of Law (J.D.), Public Administration (M.P.A.) and Department of Community Medicine (M.P.H.). A joint degree program is also offered with the Yale Divinity School. There are separate admission applications for these programs.

Non-Degree/Credit Extension Program

The School of Social Work non degree program allows students who hold a bachelor’s degree earn credits toward the M.S.W. degree on a non-matriculated basis. Students are encouraged to test their interest in the social work degree by registering for courses through the non-degree program. All credits earned are applied toward the degree and transferred to the matriculated transcript if accepted to UCONN. Credits could also be transferred to another school of social work or compatible program. Students may apply up to 14 credits toward the M.S.W. degree.

School of Social Work Outreach

This office develops professional development training programs for social workers and other human service professionals. Additional programs include training grants, alumni relations and co-curricular programming in collaboration with faculty and the School’s centers, institutes, and projects promoting the School’s reputation and excellence.

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