WCSU Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Graduate Studies


The Office of Graduate Studies offers 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 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 Western, 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. Western’s faculty and programs are dedicated to forging and maintaining such ties through the 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 Office of Graduate Studies. An appointment with a program coordinator (an advisor) will be arranged by the student as part of the admissions process.  Requirements for all degree programs must be completed within a six-year period.

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 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 following degree programs are offered at the graduate level:

Master of Science Degree Programs                                                            

Addiction Studies

Applied Behavior Analysis

Counselor Education: School

Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health

Education: Option in Instructional Technology

Education: Literacy and Language Arts

Education: Special Education (K-12)

Homeland Security

Human Nutrition

Integrative Biological Diversity

Music Education

Nursing: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Nursing: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner 

Nursing: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Master of Arts Degree Programs



Master of Fine Arts Degree Programs

Creative and Professional Writing

Visual Arts: Painting

Visual Arts: Illustration

Visual Arts: Interdisciplinary

Master of Business Administration Degree

Master of Business Administration

Master of Health Administration Degree

Master of Health Administration

Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Programs                                                                          

Secondary Education: Biology

Secondary Education: Chemistry

Secondary Education: English

Secondary Education: Mathematics

Secondary Education: Social Studies

Secondary Education: Spanish

Doctor Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Instructional Leadership

Doctor of Education in Nursing Education


Western Connecticut State University

Graduate Admissions, Old Main 101

181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
graduateadmissions@wcsu.edu / (203) 837-8243