The Department encourages applications from those who:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
- Have attained an overall grade-point average of “B” or better in undergraduate coursework;
- Have completed courses in a broad range of liberal arts disciplines;
- Have acceptable recommendations from three individuals (see below for more info.); and
- Have completed satisfactorily a personal statement of interest in pursuing graduate education.
Though not required, significant volunteer and/or work experience in the field is strongly recommended. Students who do not meet the liberal arts expectations may be asked to complete additional coursework prior to or during the first year of their enrollment in the program. Volunteer work in a human service setting is encouraged.
- Online Application: http://gradschool.unh.edu/php/posd.php?major=PO68
- Personal Statement
- At the top of the personal essay write "Online Program in Social Work.”
- In a well-constructed essay of 4-5 pages all applicants should respond to the following questions. Your essay must be typewritten and double-spaced.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
- Official College Transcript
- From each institution student attended for two semesters or more.
- Note: UNH Graduate School can access UNH records back to Fall 1991, students who have attended that semester or more recently do not need to send their UNH record to the Graduate School.
- $65 Application Fee
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- On the letter of recommendation form, under the "Degree sought in ..." field select "Social Work Online MSW."
- Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends 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. Letters of recommendation older than one year are not considered acceptable.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are NOT required.
The Graduate School accepts new students into the online MSW program three times per year, and considers applications on a rolling basis. Priority consideration is given to students whose applications and all required materials are received by the following deadlines:
Fall/August Admission (e-Term 1): Applications due May 1st
Spring/January Admission (e-Term 3): Applications due November 1st
Summer/May Admission (e-Term 5): Applications due March 1st
Applications completed by the posted deadline will be fully considered by the MSW Admissions Committee. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis only. Decisions are made on a rolling basis until the entering class is full or the term starts. Apply early!
- $750/ credit for NH residents
- $825/ credit for non-NH residents
Program Total Number of Credits: 62
Technology Fee per Semester:
- 1-4 credits $24.00
- 5-8 credits $48.25
- 9-16 credits $96.50
College Work Study and the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan are the two forms of federal financial aid available to Graduate Students. To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UNH priority deadline is March 1. This is the date by which the FAFSA must be received by the federal processor, however, if your application is received after March 1st you will still be considered for the Federal Direct Loan, which is not subject to the priority deadline.
The basic eligibility requirements to be considered for Financial Aid include:
- Attend classes at least half-time (5 or more credits per semester).
- Enrollment in a degree program.
- Documentation of United States citizenship or eligible non-citizen status.
- Must maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Although the Social Work Department has no direct departmental aid for online students, you may apply for the Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholarship if you agree to two years of service upon graduation with the Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services for each year you received grant funding.
Additionally, students may also receive aid by applying to the new University Partnership (UP) Program. The UNH Social Work Department and NH DCYF were awarded a National Child Welfare Workforce Institute grant to support up to five trainees each year. The program's goal is to enhance child welfare education workforce development and provide child welfare training to undergraduate and graduate social work students. Detailed information about the program and how to apply can be found at http://chhs.unh.edu/sw/university-partnerships-program
If you live in New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine, you can also apply for the New Hampshire-Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NH-LEND) trainee program.
See the links below for additional scholarship opportunities:
- Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust
- American Association on Health and Disabilities
- A Place for Mom
- Central Scholarship
- National Academy of Social Insurance
- National Association of Social Workers Foundation
- Various Grants & Scholarships via collegegrants.org
Under some circumstances, you can have your federal student loan forgiven, canceled, or discharged. Explore the links below to learn some of the ways through which federal loans can be fulfilled.
- NASW Loan Forgiveness Resources
- Federal Student Loan Repayment Program
- National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment
- National Institutes of Health
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program