Gretchen BeanCLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Kelsey BoucherCLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Kathryne BrewerASSISTANT PROFESSORAssistant Professor
Vernon CarterASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Trish CoxCLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSORMSW Director, Assistant Clinical Faculty
Christie DavisCLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Ngozi EnelamahAssistant Professor
Katie GodshallClinical Assistant ProfessorClinical Assistant ProfessorAdjunct Professor
Chung Hyeon JeongAsst Professor
BoRin KimASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Will LusenhopCLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Joanne MalloyRESEARCH ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Katie McCoyClinical Assistant Professor
Tarkington NewmanAssistant Professor
Jennifer O'BrienASSISTANT PROFESSORResearch AffiliateAssistant Professor
Lee Pozzi RushCLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSORMSW Field Director
Sherri Simmons-HortonAssistant Professor
Sheryl ThompsonClinical Asst Professor
Meredith YoungClinical Assistant Professor
Social Work (M.S.W.)
Social Work (M.S.W.)
WHY GET A MASTER’S DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK?
Professional social workers make a difference in people’s lives, communities and society. An M.S.W. is a professional degree that prepares graduates to work in fields such as healthcare, education, substance abuse, child welfare, employee assistance programs, policy and advocacy, and other human services and social welfare related areas. Additionally, an M.S.W. is the first step toward becoming a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
WHY CHOOSE UNH’S MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM?
At UNH, you’ll earn a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited M.S.W. from a top-tier research university. You’ll learn from full-time faculty who are passionate about social justice and are experts in their fields of practice. With full-time, part-time and online options you can earn your degree in the format best suited to you, and you’ll have the opportunity to specialize in areas including disabilities; health and mental health; addictions and substance abuse; and children, youth and families. You’ll also gain hands-on experience while making a difference in your community through local field internships.
- Child welfare case worker
- Community health worker
- Community outreach organizer
- Juvenile/adult criminal justice social worker
- Medical social worker
- Mental health social worker
- Public health administrator
- Public policy researcher/analyst
- School social worker
- Substance use disorder counselor
Pettee Hall, 55 College Road
Durham, NH 03824 Phone: (603) 862-1799
Curriculum & Requirements
The University of New Hampshire's M.S.W. program provides a quality educational experience that prepares graduates for Advanced Generalist practice consistent with the purposes of the social work profession. It concentrates on strengths and empowerment models that encourage individuals and families, and communities and organizations to realize their full potential.
Fields of Practice
MSW students will be able to select three electives in one or more of the following:
- Health and mental health;
- Addictions and substance abuse;
- Children, youth, and families,
- Disabilities; or a self-designed field of practice.
The Durham Campus Program is our traditional model with classes held on campus. It takes two years to complete the full time program, with part time course of study of three and four years. Required first year courses are scheduled Monday-Wednesday leaving Thursdays and Fridays open for first year field internships. Second year courses are scheduled Wednesdays and Thursdays leaving Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for internships. The Durham program admits once a year in the fall.
The M.S.W Online Program allows students to earn their Master of Social Work degree online in 28 months. M.S.W online students are required to complete two field internships at a program or agency in their local community and work with Social Work Department field office to identify acceptable field sites. Field and Practice classes will have weekly synchronous online classes help on Monday or Wednesday evenings. The online program admits three times a year (fall, spring, summer). No campus visits are required at any time.
Advanced Standing is an option for eligible students who have graduated from an accredited B.S.W. program within five years. This option is available in Durham or online. Admission to this program is every summer for Durham and every fall for online.
M.S.W. Degree Requirements
An M.S.W. candidate must complete 62 credit hours of 800- or 900-level courses including two, two-semester field internships, comprising a total of 1,240 hours in the field. Grades below the B level in a graded course or a "fail" in a credit/fail course are considered failing grades for the purposes of determining academic standing. Repeating a course does not remove the original failing grade from the record. Graduate students receiving failing grades in 9 or more credits, received either in three courses or in any combination of courses taken twice, will be dismissed from the M.S.W. program.
Although a significant portion of the curriculum is required, students will be able to complete three elective courses. At least one of these must be taken from among Department of Social Work course offerings.
Core MSW Program Advanced Generalist Courses
|SW 820||Social Welfare Policy I||3|
|SW 830||Social Work Practice I||3|
|SW 831||Social Work Practice II: Practice in Small Groups and Community Organizations||3|
|SW 840||Implications of Race, Culture, and Oppression for Social Work Practice||3|
|SW 850||Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (HBSE I)||3|
|SW 851||Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (HBSE II)||3|
|SW 860||Research Methods in Social Work||3|
|SW 880||Field Internship I 1||3|
|SW 881||Field Internship II 2||3|
|SW 926||Social Welfare Policy II||3|
|SW 930||Advanced General Practice III: Clinical Assessment and Intervention||3|
|SW 931||Advanced Generalist Practice IV: Community and Administrative Practice||3|
|SW 952||Human Behavior and the Social Environment III||3|
|SW 962||Data Analysis and Statistics||3|
|SW 965||Program and Practice Evaluation||3|
|SW 982||Field Internship III 3||4|
|SW 983||Field Internship IV 4||4|
|Select three 3-credit elective courses of social work (other graduate programs with permission):||9|
|Aging and Society|
|Social Work and Spirituality|
|Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges|
|Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice|
|Social Action in the Dominican Republic|
|Mental Health Aspects of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities|
|SW and the Digital Age|
|Understanding Developmental Disabilities|
|School Social Work|
|Introduction to Addiction: Assessment and Intervention|
|Affirming Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ People|
|SW & Creative Arts|
|Fund Development and Grantwriting|
|Adventure Therapy: Facilitation and Processing of the Experience|
|Intimate Partner Violence|
|Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare|
|Social Work Supervision|
|Theory and Practice of Family Therapy|
|Social Work and the Law|
Seminar and concurrent two-day/week internship/academic year
Seminar and two-day/week internship continued from SW 880 Field Internship I
Seminar and concurrent three-day/week internship/academic year
Seminar and three-day/week internship continued from SW 982 Field Internship III
- Student demonstrates ethical and professional behavior.
- Student engages diversity and difference in practice.
- Student advances human rights and social, economic and environmental justice.
- Engage in practice informed research and research-informed practice.
- Engages in policy practice.
- Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Intervenes with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Evaluates practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:
- Fall: April 15
- Spring: N/A
- Summer: N/A
- Special: Note only current UNH BSW students can apply as accelerated masters
Application fee: $65
New England Regional: No
Accelerated Masters: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)
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.
If you attended UNH or Granite State College (GSC) after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester, UNH Non-Degree work and GSC.
If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must upload a copy (PDF) of your transcript in the application form. International transcripts must be translated into English.
If admitted, you must then request an official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:
- Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to email@example.com. 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.
Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.
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 an employment setting that would be indicative of success in the social work and outdoor education field.
Personal Statement/Essay Questions
Applicants must provide a well-constructed double-spaced essay of 4-5 pages. Please respond to the questions below:
- How did you become interested in social work?
- What personal, academic, organizational, volunteer and/or paid work experiences have influenced your choice of social work as a profession?
- Briefly discuss a current social issue of great concern or interest to you.
- Describe some intellectual and personal attributes that you believe make you particularly suited for the profession of social work.
Statements must be included with your submitted application.
A current resume is required with your submitted application.
Additional Department Requirements
The Social Work program has two dual degree options:
All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program-specific application questions.
Additional Department Requirements
Two years of full-time experience in the field is strongly recommended. Graduation from an accredited undergraduate institution with a broad liberal arts background is required.
Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. 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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MSW Field Education
Welcome to UNH MSW Field Education. Your field education, internship, is about applying and doing, the opportunity for you to connect the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with the practical world of the practice setting. Classroom and field each contribute to the development of a students’ competencies of professional practice. Graduate school is a rare opportunity to have so many people; your field supervisor, faculty and other students, supporting your professional development.
Field instruction is concurrent with classroom work. During the first field placement students are required to spend two days per week in the field. In the second field placement students spend three days each week in the field. Students may not “bank” their hours and end their placements prematurely.
In the Durham program, first year placements are typically arranged on Thursdays and Fridays and students are expected to work 16 hours per week at their placement. Similarly, Durham second year placements are typically arranged on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and students are expected to work 24 hours per week at their placement. This schedule may be adjusted by mutual agreement of the student and field supervisor, if needed, with collaboration with field coordinator. Students are expected to work a full day unless special arrangements are made. Reliable and punctual attendance is required.
For Manchester students, first internship year placement schedules are arranged by mutual agreement between the student and the field supervisor. During this internship year students are expected to work at their placement for 16 hours/week. Similarly, second year internship placements are arranged by mutual agreement and students are expected to work 24 hours per week at their placement. Any requests for variations on the schedule must be made in the form of a written proposal and addressed to the appropriate Field Coordinator.
Frequently Asked Questions for Field
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