Social Work (Online) - MSW
The University of New Hampshire (UNH) Department of Social Work is pleased to offer an online Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The online MSW program provides the same quality professional education that our campus-based programs offer. We proudly educate social work professionals to work effectively with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to optimize human potential for productive participation in society. Our Advanced Generalist Curriculum prepares students for effective advanced intervention with client systems of various sizes and to work in any setting where social workers are employed.
Earn your Master of Social Work degree online in 28 months from the University of New Hampshire (an accredited CSWE program). Work with faculty committed to teaching the next generation of social workers, complete an advanced generalist curriculum, specialize in a field of practice and enhance your degree with a Graduate Certificate. Choose from a wide range of elective courses, field internships, and make a difference in your community by completing local field placements.
Applying to graduate school has never been easier! To complete your application, you will need:
- $65 application fee (pay online)
- Prior college transcripts
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Personal Statement Essay
- Additional Department Requirements
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.
Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:
- Fall: May 1
- Spring: November 1
- Summer: March 20
- Special: N/A
New England Regional: No
Accelerated Masters Eligible: No
Supplemental Materials: The Details
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. However, if you attended GSC, Keene or Plymouth, then you must request and submit original transcripts from those institutions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
After you have submitted your online application and are assigned an UNH ID, visit our online Letter of Recommendation Request Form for instructions and to request letters from your chosen referees. 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.
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) Being in an online program requires you to be able to use a variety of technologies. Can you describe (in one paragraph) your experience with the use of technology and your comfort and ability to learn new technologies and software? 4) Briefly discuss a current social issue of great concern or interest to you. 5) Describe some intellectual and personal attributes that you believe make you particularly suited for the profession of social work.
Once you have completed your statement, you can submit it:
- Electronically, as part of the online application process (strongly recommended)
- Via email to email@example.com
- Mail a hard copy directly to our office (address at bottom of page)
A current resume is required.
Additional Department Requirements:
The Online MSW program is limited to residents of certain states. To check your state’s eligibility, please visit the UNH Online State Authorization webpage or contact UNH Online at (855) 250-6699.
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. All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.
Additional Details for International Applicants
Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to go through our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL (or equivalent) examination scores. Please note that TOEFL scores 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.