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Central Connecticut State University

School of Graduate Studies

New Britain, CT


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Central Connecticut State University



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)
Educational Leadership

Master’s Degree Programs

Art Education
Biological Sciences
Biomolecular Sciences
Business Administration (MBA)
Computer Information Technology
Construction Management
Counselor Education
Criminal Justice
Data Mining
Information Design
International Studies
Marriage and Family Therapy
Modern Language
Music Education
Nursing: Hospice & Palliative Care
Physical Education
Public History
Reading and Language Arts
Software Engineering
Special Education
STEM Education for Certified Teachers
Teacher Leadership
Teacher Education (MAT)
Technology Management

Official Certificate Programs

Construction Management
Data Mining
Environmental and Occupational Safety
Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
Pre-Health Studies
Public Relations/Promotions
Supply Chain Analytics
Supply Chain and Logistics
Transition Specialist

Advanced Official Certificate Programs

Professional Counseling
Reading and Language Arts
School-Based Marriage and Family Therapy
Superintendent of Schools

Sixth Year Certificates Programs 

Educational Leadership
Mathematics Education Leadership
Reading and Language Arts 

Teacher Licensure Certificates

Art Education
Biology for Secondary Education
Elementary Education
English for Secondary Education
History for Secondary Education
Mathematics for Secondary Education
Modern Languages for Secondary Education
Music Education
Physical Education
Science for Secondary Education
Technology and Engineering Education (K-12)
TESOL (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.

Campus Life

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.

Career success

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

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Advanced Certificate (AC)
(Sixth Year Certificate)
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Doctor of Education (Ed D)
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Science (MS)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 568
Doctoral Degrees 6
Other Advanced Degrees 128

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Comp Exam Required
Thesis Alternate accepted
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE
Thesis Required
Other Advanced Degrees Entrance Exam GMAT
Qualifying exam


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline June 1st May 1st No
Spring deadline November 1st November 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79
IELTS: Recommended IELTS Paper score: 6.5

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 10.86%
Black or African American 9.07%
White or Caucasian 71%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.14%
Asian 3.59%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.09%
Two or more races 2.27%
Unknown 0.99%


Male (35%)
Female (64%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 177
Part-time - 87
Male (128)
Female (136)

Location & Contact

Address 1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT  06050-4010
United States
Contact Ms. Patricia Gardner
Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: 860-832-2350
Fax: 860-832-2362