Sacred Heart University School of Social Work

Organization Description

School of Social Work Mission Statement

The School of Social Work at Sacred Heart prepares social workers—through instruction in integrated social work theory, research, methods, and practice—to identify, dismantle, and resist all forms of social inequality and oppression, particularly issues of racism and its impact on social work practice. We are deeply committed to training social workers to think critically and intervene against cultural, social, political, and economic practices that do not advance human rights, justice, or the dignity and worth of every human being.

Master of Social Work

Through direct clinical or direct community practice, you will explore human behavior in the social environment, social work generalist practice, social welfare policy, social work research, human diversity and social justice. You’ll enhance this knowledge with specialized skills in social work practice and assessment, treatment planning, interventions, and practice evaluation. You’ll be prepared for leadership roles in generalist and specialized practice. 

This program can be completed full-time or part-time.

PhD in Social Work

With a PhD in Social Work from Sacred Heart, you will advance your career in social work and social justice, develop a pedagogical approach and make a meaningful contribution to the current body of social work research. The PhD program is specifically designed for social work professionals currently working in community-based organizations, governmental organizations, and institutions of higher education. 

This part-time, online program offers year-round, six credits per 14-week semester, followed by dissertation research. The program begins with a two-day on campus orientation and includes a one-week low residency immersion program on the SHU campus every summer.

What our students say

“I knew from the moment I started class that I made the right decision. The professors and faculty in the School of Social Work treat each student as a person and they stand by you every step of the way. The cohorts are small which allows you to really get to know your classmates and lean on each other for support. Sacred Heart worked with me to develop a scheduled that allowed me to continue work full-time, go to school part-time and finish the program in three years. The field office worked tirelessly to help me find an internship that worked with my scheduled. I am honored to be a graduate of Sacred Heart and I know that this program prepared me well for my future career as a social worker.”

– Wendy Cassell MSW, ’20

Admissions Requirements

Visit the School of Social Work to see the requirements for the MSW and Ph.D. programs.