Division of Graduate Studies and External Programs

The Division of Graduate Studies and External Programs offers graduate programs to meet the educational needs of students.

Approximately 2,200 students enroll in the Division each year. Students applying for the first time should contact the Division of Graduate Studies Office. An appointment with an adviser will be arranged. Application priority dates for graduate students are as follows:

Fall Semester: August 5
Spring Semester: December 5
Summer Semester: May 5

Applications for admission to the Division of Graduate Studies may not be accepted if received after the priority dates regardless of postmark. Early application is advised.

Western Connecticut State University is authorized by the State of Connecticut to award the degrees of Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Justice Administration, Master of Science in Music Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Health Administration, and Doctor of Education to candidates who have successfully fulfilled the requirements for these degrees and diplomas.

The Master of Science in Education degree is awarded to elementary and secondary school teachers upon completion of one of the following programs:

  • Option in Curriculum
  • Option in English
  • Option in Instructional Technology
  • Option in Mathematics
  • Option in Reading (Non-Certification)
  • Option in Special Education (Non-Certification)

Master of Science degree programs are offered in Counselor Education with concentrations in Community Counseling or School Counseling.

The Master of Science degree in Nursing offers an option to prepare as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, as well as an option to prepare for other advanced practice roles, such as clinical nurse specialist, case manager, staff development educator, and nurse manager.

Master of Arts degree programs are offered in: English with options in Literature, Writing and TESOL; History; Mathematics; Biological and Environmental Sciences; Earth and Planetary Sciences; and Mathematics.

The Master of Fine Arts degree in Art is offered with options in Illustration and Painting.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree offered by WestConn is designed for Instructional Leadership.

The University also offers a post-baccalaureate Advanced Certificate Program in Interdisciplinary Gerontological Studies through the Division of Graduate Studies.

Requirements for all degree programs must be completed within a six year period (the MBA program is eight years), including transfer credit.

For further information write or telephone:

Division of Graduate Studies, Warner Hall 321
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, Connecticut 06810
Telephone: (203) 837-8244


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