Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), founded in 1849 as the New Britain Normal School, is the state’s first publicly funded institution of higher learning. Its original mission was to train teachers and became known as the Teachers College of Connecticut in 1933. This reflected the school’s transformation into a four-year degree granting institution. The name changed once again in 1953 to Central Connecticut State College and in 1955, the Graduate School was founded. In 1983, the school became a comprehensive regional university known by its current name.
Today, CCSU is comprised of the Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; the School of Business; the School of Education and Professional Studies; and the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology; and the School of Graduate Studies. Each of the academic schools is home to excellent graduate programs, with, doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, certificate and teacher licensure programs available in a wide array of fields. Of the more than 11,800 students attending CCSU, more than 2,000 are graduate students.
A community of scholars
As noted in its Mission Statement, CCSU’s School of Graduate Studies comprises of “a community of scholars devoted to increasing human awareness through scholarly inquiry, research and study in specialized disciplines.” Their goal is to create a supportive atmosphere in which students can maximize their potential, developing the skills, knowledge and perspectives they need to thrive within their respective professional fields. Integrity, independence, leadership and intellectual and personal excellence are the values they strive to instill in each and every individual who passes through the more than 50 graduate programs offered by the school. These include:
Doctoral Degree Programs
Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)
Master’s Degree Programs
Business Administration (MBA)
Computer Information Technology
Marriage and Family Therapy
Nursing: Hospice & Palliative Care
Reading and Language Arts
STEM Education for Certified Teachers
Teacher Education (MAT)
Official Certificate Programs
Environmental and Occupational Safety
Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
Supply Chain Analytics
Supply Chain and Logistics
Advanced Official Certificate Programs
Reading and Language Arts
School-Based Marriage and Family Therapy
Superintendent of Schools
Sixth Year Certificates Programs
Mathematics Education Leadership
Reading and Language Arts
Teacher Licensure Certificates
Biology for Secondary Education
English for Secondary Education
History for Secondary Education
Mathematics for Secondary Education
Modern Languages for Secondary Education
Science for Secondary Education
Technology and Engineering Education (K-12)
Affordable and Accessible
It’s no secret that the cost of education continues to rise, placing it out of reach for many aspiring students. CSSU is committed to making sure that its graduate program remains affordable and accessible for those who wish to pursue advanced degrees. Per semester tuition is $5,917.50 for full-time in-state students and $12089 for full-time out-of-state students. Per credit cost for part time graduate level study is $654. That’s well below both the state and national averages for public four-year institutions.
For those who do require financial aid, packages are available to all Master of Arts and Master of Science graduate degree programs, as well as for Nurse Anesthesia, Master of Business Administration and Educational Doctorate students. In addition, the School of Graduate Studies offer various scholarship awards. In the fall semester, the Graduate Academic Awards and the Outstanding Scholar Award programs are administered, while in the spring semester students can apply for the Graduate Student Association Scholarship.
While remaining affordable, CCSU has also maintained high standards when it comes to academic excellence. More than 80% of the school’s faculty have Ph.D. degrees, and the student/faculty ratio is around 15:1. This means that the educational experience is intensive and highly personalized. It’s no wonder, then, that CCSU has been recognized by Money magazine and U.S. News & World Report on their Best Colleges lists, or that Princeton Review has named the school among its Best Regional Colleges.
Nestled in the rolling hills of New Britain, CCSU’s beautiful campus provides a scenic yet vibrant atmosphere in which to live and study. The town boasts a number of parks and museums, including historic Walnut Hill Park and the New Britain Museum of American Art. For those seeking more metropolitan pursuits, the bustling city of Hartford is just nine miles away.
Recognizing that many of its students live off-campus, including most graduate students, CCSU offers a number of resources to make life easier commuters. These include free parking permits and convenient, inexpensive public but transit to the front door of the campus. For graduate students who wish to live on campus, housing is also available.
CCSU is committed to helping ensure that its students and alumni are fully prepared for the professional world. To this end, the school’s Career Success Center provides a wealth of resources and opportunities including one-on-one career coaching; internship, co-op and job search strategies, interview preparation and practice; career development workshops; networking with potential employers; and career fairs. In addition, CCSU boasts a robust alumni network that seeks to develop strong and lasting relationships among students and graduates. With proud alumni located across the globe in a diverse array of fields and profession, that’s an invaluable resource to have.
Degrees & Awards
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Alternate accepted
Entrance Exam GRE
|Other Advanced Degrees||
Entrance Exam GMAT
|Master's Degree Requirements||Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7|
|Doctoral Degree Exam||GRE|
TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79
IELTS Paper score: 6.5
Tuition & Fees
|Financial award applicants must submit:||FAFSA|
|Application deadlines for financial awards||March 1|
|Types of financial support available||
Scholarship and/or loans
|Black or African American||9.07%|
|White or Caucasian||71%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.14%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.09%|
|Two or more races||2.27%|