Sacred Heart University

College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Office of Graduate Admissions

5151 Park Ave

Fairfield, CT 06825

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Social Work (MSW) will prepare students for both generalist and specialized practice with client systems across varying contexts and problems. The program is guided by the social work ethical principles of service, respect for human dignity, social and economic justice, and to address the needs of vulnerable and diverse populations. Grounded in the liberal arts, the program is guided by the profession’s commitment to social justice and the university’s Catholic Intellectual Tradition of academic excellence through social responsibility, service to others, and scientific inquiry. 

The Sacred Heart University program boasts a unique integration of micro-, mezzo-, and macro-level practice. The program teaches students integrated specialized skills in social work practice in either direct clinical practice or direct community practice; components of both clinical and community practice are included for each specialization. Skill development includes coursework in assessment, treatment planning, interventions, practice evaluation. Students also prepare to take on leadership roles.

The supervised field practicum allows students to hone their practice skills and to work in a more specialized area. The curriculum includes courses in focused areas such as aging and gerontology, children and families, and spirituality.

Learning Objectives/Program Goals

  • Develop competent and effective generalist and specialized social work practice with client systems.
  • Synthesize and apply a broad range of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to prepare students for practice in a multicultural and global society.
  • Develop skills and knowledge to promote and incorporate diversity in social/economic justice and human rights through policy and practice skills advocating for policy change and just service delivery.
  • Integrate and apply the knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and ethics of the social work profession.
  • Understand and engage in research-informed practice and proactively respond to the impact of context on professional practice and service delivery.
  • Develop leadership skills for service and social responsibility contributing to the community and to the profession.
  • Identify with the social work profession and apply ethical principles and critical thinking in practice.
  • Recognize, support, and build on the strengths and resiliency of all human beings.
  • Assess, intervene, and evaluate the promotion of human and social well-being within areas of advanced specialization.
  • Integrate theoretical and conceptual frameworks from the classroom with the practice setting through field education.
  • Apply the values underlying the Catholic Intellectual Tradition with the virtue of social justice in practice with, and on behalf of, individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.


Sacred Heart University has been granted institutional accreditation by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six regional associations in the United States that accredit schools and colleges. Additionally, Sacred Heart University’s Jack Welch College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International).

International Student Requirements:

Course by course official transcript evaluation and English language proficiency exam (TOEFL/IELTS) with a minimum TOEFL requirement of 93 or minimum IELTS requirement of 7.0

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 60

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 750 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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