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. The graduate programs at WestConn offer advanced study under the direction of dedicated educators. Students in the graduate programs benefit from a faculty whose commitment to teaching, to research, and to other professional activities has resulted in national recognition in widely varying fields. Guidance from this faculty helps to strengthen the academic and professional ability of students by increasing their knowledge of a subject, improving their capacity for independent study, familiarizing them with the research in their fields and training them to conduct meaningful research of their own.

The mission of the graduate programs is not confined within the perimeters of the university. The programs also make a significant contribution to the community at large. As a result of their intense, concentrated study at WestConn, students are well prepared to enter society, not only as trained professionals and specialists, but also, in a wider context, as thoughtful, sensitive human beings with personal integrity and an appreciation of intellectual and political freedom.

Much of this understanding is developed in professional in-service and pre-service programs through cooperative efforts with regional businesses, industry, government, social service, and educational agencies. WestConn's faculty and programs are dedicated to forging and maintaining such ties through the ongoing assessment of regional needs and continual interaction with community, business, professional, and academic organizations, an interaction which also helps to refine the graduate curriculum.

Students applying for the first time should contact the Division of Graduate Studies Office. An appointment with an adviser will be arranged upon the student's request.

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 (M.S.) 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 (M.S.) degree programs are offered in Counselor Education with concentrations in Community Counseling or School Counseling.

The Master of Science (M.S.) 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 (M.A.) degree programs are offered in English with options in literature, writing and TESOL; history; biological and environmental sciences; earth and planetary sciences; and mathematics.

WestConn offers a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Art with tracks in illustration and painting. WestConn also offers a M.F.A. in Professional Writing.

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

Requirements for all degree programs must be completed within a six-year period. Students in the M.B.A. program are allowed up to eight years to complete their degree. For more information on transfer credit, please contact the Division of Graduate Studies.

For further information write or telephone:

Division of Graduate Studies, Old Main 206
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, Connecticut 06810
Telephone: (203) 837-8244

External Programs

The university offers bachelor-completion programs in Management (BBA) and Nursing (RN to BSN) through WestConn at Waterbury, located on the campus of Naugatuck Valley Community College. For more information, contact us at (203) 596-8777.


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