Social Work and Kinesiology Dual Degree (M.S./M.S.W.)

Social Work and Kinesiology Dual Degree (M.S./M.S.W.)

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UNH’s dual degree in social work and kinesiology: outdoor education is one of the nation’s leading programs training mental health professionals to work in the expanding field of adventure therapy. This program unites the clinical training of UNH’s top-ranked social work degree and its pioneering outdoor education program. Graduates of the dual degree pursue successful, satisfying careers that bring counseling skills into challenging wilderness experiences for a therapeutic intervention that’s highly effective in promoting wellness and mental health, particularly among adolescents.

Why get your dual master’s degree in social work and kinesiology?

By getting the dual degree of an M.S.W. in social work and an M.S. in kinesiology with a concentration in outdoor education, you’ll be uniquely prepared to work in the expanding field of adventure therapy. One of the nation’s leading programs for mental health professionals, this graduate program unites the clinical training of UNH’s top-ranked social work degree and its pioneering outdoor education program. Graduates of the dual degree pursue successful, satisfying careers that bring counseling skills into challenging wilderness experiences for a therapeutic intervention that’s highly effective in promoting wellness and mental health, particularly among adolescents.

Why study social work and kinesiology at UNH? 

UNH’s social work and kinesiology graduate faculty are recognized leaders in their fields. The program emphasizes both classroom learning and hands-on learning in the lab and in the evidenced-based practices of the field. You will graduate prepared with the leadership skills and confidence needed to succeed in the workplace and emerge as a leader in your chosen area. Dual-degree social work and kinesiology students take classes simultaneously over the course of 2 1/2 years in social work, kinesiology and outdoor education, including two internships, one of which concentrates on the utilization and application of adventure therapy in an agency setting. 

Potential career areas

  • Adventure therapy 
  • Community centers 
  • Juvenile criminal justice
  • Nonprofits 
  • Outdoor programs 
  • Public policy 
  • Schools 
  • Social work 
  • Youth programs

Contact

Michael Gass

Director, Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Center, UNH
Director, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs Research Database
PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-2024
Office: Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall Rm 101, Durham, NH 03824
Department of Social Work
Pettee Hall, 55 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1799
Email: unh.socialwork@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

Social Work and Kinesiology

Dual-degree Social Work and Kinesiology students take classes simultaneously over the course of two-and-and-half years in both Social Work and Kinesiology: Outdoor Education and complete a minimum of 78 credits for graduation. This includes two internships, one during their first year of study, and a second specialized block placement internship over the summer following the second year of study, which concentrates on the utilization and application of adventure therapy in an agency setting. This block placement internship may occur in New England or in other appropriate settings across the U.S. Students are also required to complete a teaching practicum supporting faculty teaching in the outdoor education program as well as an advanced studies project during their last year of study, which is supervised by faculty in Kinesiology: Outdoor Education and Social Work

Admission Requirements

Dual degree applicants in Social Work and Kinesiology: Outdoor Education must meet the requirements for both Social Work and Kinesiology: Outdoor Education.  Applicants should check each program for their requirements which may be different; however, it is important to note that dual degree students are required for admission to have a minimum of 2 years of experience (post undergraduate) in the field of outdoor education with evidence of considerable leadership time with groups in outdoor settings, preferably with therapeutic populations.  Applicants do not need to apply separately to each program but are instructed to apply online via the graduate school for the “Social Work: Dual Degree MSW and MS Kinesiology” option.

Dual degree applications are due by February 1st.

For additional information regarding the Social Work/KIN dual degree admission requirements, contact Anita Tucker at Anita.Tucker@unh.edu or Michael Gass at Michael.Gass@unh.edu.

Social Work and Kinesiology Dual Degree Program MSW/MS Courses

SW 820Social Welfare Policy I3
SW 830Social Work Practice I3
SW 840Implications of Race, Culture, and Oppression for Social Work Practice3
SW 850Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (HBSE I)3
SW 880Field Internship I (seminar and concurrent two­day/week internship/academic year)3
KIN 882Therapeutic Applications of Adventure Programming4
KIN 885Program Models and Evaluation in Outdoor Education4
SW 831Social Work Practice II: Practice in Small Groups and Community Organizations3
SW 851Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (HBSE II)3
SW 881Field Internship II3
KIN 883Psych Factors of Adventure Ed4
SW 930Advanced General Practice III: Clinical Assessment and Intervention3
SW 962Data Analysis and Statistics3
SW 952Human Behavior and the Social Environment III3
KIN 897Advanced Topics in Outdoor Education2-6
SW 931Advanced Generalist Practice IV: Community and Administrative Practice3
KIN 886Organization and Administration of Outdoor Education Programs4
SW 865Adventure Therapy: Facilitation and Processing of the Experience3
SW 926Social Welfare Policy II3
SW 982Field Internship III4
SW 983Field Internship IV4
KIN 884Historical Foundations of Outdoor Experiential Education4
KIN 993Teaching Practicum2
Total Credits74-78

Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

Fall: Feb. 1
Spring: N/A
Summer: N/A
Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: ME MA RI CT VT

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

At least one letter must attest to observed skills in a volunteer or employment setting that would be indicative of success in the social service field.

In addition, if applying to the Exercise Science option, at least two of the letters must come from professors that you took classes from at your undergraduate institution.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Please note that when applying to the Social Work and Kinesiology Dual Degree program you will need to provide two personal statements - one that addresses the Kinesiology program and one that focuses on the Social Work program. Both statements must be included with your submitted application.

Social Work Personal Statement:

Applicants must provide a well-constructed double-spaced essay of 4-5 pages. Please respond to the questions below: 1) How did you become interested in social work? 2) What personal, academic, organizational, volunteer and/or paid work experiences have influenced your choice of social work as a profession? 3) Briefly discuss a current social issue of great concern or interest to you. 4) Describe some intellectual and personal attributes that you believe make you particularly suited for the profession of social work.

Kinesiology Personal Statement:

Prepare a brief but careful personal statement regarding: 1) reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives, and 2) your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Outdoor Education: Prepare a concise and focused personal statement describing: 1) Reasons you wish to pursue graduate study in outdoor education, including your career objectives, and 2) your specific research or professional interests. Be sure to specify how your interests match with the scholarly or professional focus of a specific faculty member in our program. Please visit the Outdoor Education faculty and research web pages and review faculty publications. It is also appropriate for you to contact the faculty member/s you are interested in studying with via email or phone for more information about their current research.

Exercise Science: Applicants to the Exercise Science M.S. program should provide a 500 word maximum statement pertaining to how their research interests align with current faculty interests. This research interests statement should be included as part of your personal statement in your application and is to aid in aligning prospective students with faculty mentors. Please review the Exercise Science faculty and research web pages and review faculty publications. It is also appropriate for you to contact the faculty member/s you are interested in studying with via email or phone for more information about their current research.

Resume

A current resume is required with your submitted application.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Additional Department Requirements

Significant volunteer and/or work experience in the field is strongly recommended. Graduation from an accredited undergraduate institution with a broad liberal arts background is required.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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