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Social Work (Online) Advanced Standing - MSW

The master of social work (M.S.W.) online program develops advanced professional knowledge and skills for persons interested in pursuing careers in the field of social work. The M.S.W. program concentrates on strengths and empowerment models that encourage individuals and families to realize their full potential. The program supplies students with a social and community systems context and promotes practical skills that are responsive to diversity issues. Students applying for the online advanced standing must hold a B.S. in S.W. or B.S.W. degree from an accredited program with a minimum grade-point average of 3.2 (4.0 point scale). This coursework must have been completed within five years of the date of M.S.W. matriculation.

Application Information

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Applying to graduate school has never been easier! To complete your application, you will need:

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: June 21
  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Campus: Durham

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 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

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.

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

Personal Statement/Essay Questions:

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. Statements must be included with your submitted application.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.


A current resume is required.

Additional Department Requirements:

In order to understand the unique timing of the program, students interested in the Advanced Standing MSW/JD dual degree program must consult Professor Sharon Murphy prior to submitting their application.

Important Notes:

Significant volunteer and/or work experience in the field is strongly recommended. 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.