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Quinnipiac University

Program in Social Work

Hamden, CT


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Master of Social Work Program at Quinnipiac University

Established in 1929, Quinnipiac University is a private, coeducational university that consists of eight colleges and schools. The university is known nationally for providing rigorous, cutting-edge academic programs that prepare students for lifelong success. In fact, the school was included in the 2013 editions of "U.S. News and World Report's" Best Colleges guide, the "Princeton Review's" Best 377 Colleges, and the "Fiske Guide to Colleges." Quinnipiac University offers a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program that integrates field education, inter-professional education, and health/behavioral health principles, as well as a health care team approach.

The M.S.W. Foundation Curriculum

Collaborative learning forms the core of the 30-credit foundation curriculum, which includes two practice courses and 16 hours (per week) of field placement at a social service agency. The curriculum also includes courses in "Social Welfare Policy," "Social Work Research," and "Human Behavior in the Social Environment." Additional courses include "Psychopathology" and "Inter-Professional Education."

The M.S.W. Advanced Curriculum -- Core Courses

The advanced curriculum consists of 18 credits of core courses and 12 credits of elective courses. Core coursework includes 24 hours (per week) of advanced field education in health/behavioral health. It also includes courses in "Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice" and "Advanced Organizational Social Work Practice." Additional courses included "Evaluation Research for Social Work Programs and Practice" and "Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project."

The M.S.W. Advanced Curriculum ---- Elective Courses

Elective courses consist of one advanced clinical practice course and one specialization course in the areas of aging services; child and family welfare and justice; mental health and substance abuse; or school social work. Students also take two additional elective courses that reflect their interests and professional goals.

Electronic Portfolios

M.S.W. students create electronic portfolios that represent their bodies of work in the program. Portfolios include copies of assignments, evaluations from courses and field placements, the capstone project, and self-assessments of assignments.

M.S.W. Program Options

Students can complete the M.S.W. degree program at Quinnipiac University in four terms of full-time study. They may, however, choose the extended plan in which the foundation curriculum is completed over four terms and the advanced curriculum is taken full-time in four terms. The advanced curriculum also includes a study abroad option (in India) for students who have interest in community practice and global health.

Financial Assistance at Quinnipiac University

Graduate students at Quinnipiac University may qualify for federal loans and work study programs. The university also offers Graduate Merit Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships, as well as a Graduate Assistance Grant program.

Experienced Faculty Members

M.S.W. faculty members -- like Deborah Rejent and Laura Mutrie -- are experienced teachers, administrators, and practitioners. Professor Rejent, the founding director and an associate professor of the program, 'a doctoral degree in social work. She also has teaching, administration, and curriculum development experience in master's level social work education. Professor Mutrie, the director of field education and clinical instructor for the program, has an M.S.W. with a specialization in children and families. Before coming to Quinnipiac University, she was the director of clinical services at the Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center.

Admissions Criteria for the M.S.W. Program

Candidates for the M.S.W. program must have bachelor's degrees that include at least 20 semester credits in liberal arts courses, a course in statistics (with a C grade or higher), and at least a 3.0 GPA. They each submit an online application that includes a letter of intent, two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.

Graduate Student Life at Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac provides a vibrant, challenging, and supportive community to 6,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students. It also offers students nearly 60 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs. Quinnipiac University offers graduate students a supportive, resource-rich community that helps them create balanced and full lives. The university provides off campus housing, health care and counseling services, and career development resources. Students also have access to all student center services such as banking, a bookstore, dining halls, and a quiet lounge. They can also enjoy a full range of recreational, athletic, and fitness activities; speaker series; concerts and cultural celebrations; and a variety of Division I athletics.

Quinnipiac's Campuses

Quinnipiac University has three campuses in Hamden, North Haven, and Mount Carmel, Connecticut; all three are located in the northeastern region of the United States. Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel campus, which rests in the shadow of the Sleeping Giant Mountain in Hamden, Connecticut, consists of contemporary brick buildings and beautiful lawns. It includes most of the university's academic buildings, athletic fields, offices, and residence halls. Located in Hamden just a half mile from the Mount Carmel Campus, the York Hill Campus contains several eco-friendly features. It includes the universities newest residence halls, the Rocky Top Residence Center, and the TD Bank Sports Center.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 31

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No


Acceptance Rate



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

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline March 15th Not reported No
Spring deadline November 15th Not reported No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Bachelor's degree with at least 20 semester credits in liberal arts and a course in statistics with minimum C grade; minimum GPA of 3.0

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

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

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 7.69%
Black or African American 13.85%
White or Caucasian 73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1.54%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 3.08%


Male (21%)
Female (78%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 5
Part-time - 4
Male (1)
Female (8)


Focus of faculty research: Older adult sexuality, social work practice in health settings, gerontology and social work, adolescent sexuality, prevention programs in social work practice, international social work, evidence-based treatments for children and families, organizational practice, inter-professional education, curriculum development in social work education and inter-professional practice, stress reduction approaches in clinical practice and professional education
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT  06518-1940
United States
Contact Ms. Deborah Rejent
MSW Program Director
Phone: 203-582-6433

Quinnipiac University