Master of Social Work

Program Contact: Carol R. Awasu 203-582-6433

The Master of Social Work program prepares students for achievement and leadership in the field of social work. The curricular approach of the MSW program is unique in that it directly engages students in interprofessional education and the health care team approach.

Quinnipiac’s MSW program embraces the university’s commitment to the development of professional expertise through practice experience. The two field placements offer students the opportunity to practice skills learned in the classroom in real-world settings. A seminar that supports the student in integrating academics and fieldwork is held monthly. Upon completion of the MSW degree, the student will have at least 1,000 hours of professional preparation in the field.

The 60 credits required for the MSW degree include 30 credits in the generalist curriculum and 30 credits in the specialized practice curriculum. The degree can be completed full-time in four terms of study or through an extended plan over six or eight terms. Students with a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program may apply for Advanced Standing and complete 36 credits over one or two years.  

The specialized practice curriculum has a concentration of health and mental health. An integrative seminar/capstone project is completed in the final semester of study and requires an integrative paper or project. The MSW program values interprofessional education and requires students to complete 30 hours of interprofessional education activities before graduation. The MSW program at Quinnipiac University does not give credit for life or work experience.

For those who have already earned a bachelor of social work, Quinnipiac offers an Advanced Standing Master of Social Work program. 

Students entering Quinnipiac as undergraduates who are interested in the social work program have the option of pursuing a dual-degree bachelor's to master's program. There are two options: the Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/Master of Social Work (3+2) that begins with an undergraduate degree in Health Science Studies in the School of Health Sciences,  or the Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor's/Master of Social Work (3+2) that begins with undergraduate study in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who are interested in earning a JD and a Master of Social Work may earn both degrees on an accelerated basis by enrolling in the joint Dual-Degree JD/MSW program. Please see the Admission tab for additional details.

The MSW degree also meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).