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The online MSW program in Advanced Generalist Practice develops professional knowledge and skills for people interested in pursuing careers in the field of social work. All students complete a foundation-year course of study, then complete a second concentration-year in Advanced Generalist social work practice. The program consists of 20 courses (totaling 62 credits) requiring online course work and two field internships.

The online MSW program offers the convenience of a five 8-week term per academic calendar year. Students who successfully complete two courses per term, as outlined below, earn their MSW degree in 28 months if they started the program in fall or spring, and 29 months if they started in the summer.  Taking fewer courses per term will extend the completion timeframe.

 

Sample Program Course Schedules (select start term): 

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester

Year 1

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)

  • SW 820 History of Social Welfare Policy I
  • SW 850 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • SW 840 Race, Culture and Oppression
  • SW 860 Research Methods

Spring e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)          

  • SW 851 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SW 926 Social Welfare Policy II     

Spring e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • SW 830 Practice I
  • SW 880 Field I (14 Weeks)

e-Term 5 (May - Jul)

  • Elective 1

  • SW 880 Field I continued

Year 2

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)

  • SW 831 Practice II

  • SW 881 Field II (14 weeks)

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • SW 952 Human Behavior and the Social Environment III
  • SW 881 Field II continued

Spring e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)

  • Elective 2
  • SW 962 Statistics

Spring e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • SW 930 Practice III
  • SW 982 Field III (14 weeks)

e-Term 5 (May - Jul)

  • SW 965 Program and Practice Evaluation
  • SW 982 Field III continued

Year 3

Fall e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)

  • SW 931 Practice IV
  • SW 983 Field IV (14 weeks)

Fall e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • Elective 3
  • SW 983 Field IV continued
   
  Spring Semester Summer Semester Fall Semester

Year 1

e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)

  • SW 820 History of Social Welfare Policy I

  • SW 850 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • SW 840 Race, Culture and Oppression

  • SW 860 Research Methods

e-Term 5 (May - Jul)                           

  • SW 851 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SW 926 Social Welfare Policy II

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)                 

  • SW 830 Practice I
  • SW 880 Field I (14 Weeks)

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • Elective 1
  • SW 880 Field I continued

Year 2

e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)

  • SW 831 Practice II

  • SW 881 Field II (14 weeks)

 

e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • SW 962 Statistics

  • SW 881 Field II continue

Summer e-Term 5 (May - Jul)

  • Elective 2
  • SW 952 Human Behavior and the Social Environment III

e-Term 1 ( Aug - Oct)

  • SW 930 Practice III
  • SW 982 Field III (14 weeks)

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • SW 965 Program and Practice Evaluation  
  • SW 982 Field III continued

Year 3

Spring e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)

  • SW 931 Practice IV
  • SW 983 Field IV (14 weeks)

Spring e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • Elective 3
  • SW 983 Field IV continued
   
  Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester

Year 1

e-Term 5 (May - Jul)

  • SW 820 History of Social Welfare Policy I
  • SW 850 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I       

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)                   

  • SW 851 Human Behavior and the Social Environement II
  • SW 926 Social Welfare Policy II

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • SW 840 Race, Culture and Opression
  • SW 860 Research Methods

e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)                 

  • SW 830 Practice I
  • SW 880 Field I (14 Weeks)  

e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • SW 880 Field I continued
  • Elective 1

Year 2

e-Term 5 (May - Jul)

  • SW 831 Practice II
  • SW 881 Field II (14 weeks)

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)

  • SW 952 Human Behavior and the Social Environment III
  • SW 962 Statistics

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • SW 930 Practice III
  • SW 982 Field III (14 weeks)

Spring e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)

  • Elective 2
  • SW 982 Field III continued

Spring e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • SW 931 Practice IV
  • SW 983 Field IV (14 weeks)

Year 3

e-Term 5 (May - Jul)

  • Elective 3
  • SW 983 Field IV continued

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)

  • SW 965 Program and Practice Evaluation
 

Fields of Practice

During the second, concentration year, students enroll in practice and elective courses as well as a field placement in Advanced Generalist social work practice. Students may select electives in a specific field of practice (FOP). MSW electives will primarily focus on four fields of practice:

  1. Health and mental health
  2. Addictions and substance abuse
  3. Children, youth, and families
  4. Disabilities

Students may also create a self-designed field of practice. A student may complete a field of practice if he/she completes two electives from a given FOP or may elect to take three electives from multiple fields of practice. Students may also complete four Disabilities courses (Research Methods core course with disabilities focus and three electives) to complete a graduate certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Graduate Certificate

A unique feature of the online MSW program will be an option for students to earn a Graduate Certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Through a partnership with the UNH Institute on Disability, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, we offer a range of IDD-focused electives and funded internships with the New Hampshire-Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NH-LEND) training program.

Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) are present in every environment where social workers practice and they experience the same social issues that everyone faces. People with disabilities can experience childhood abuse and neglect, domestic and interpersonal violence, homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, chronic health conditions, grief and loss, and more. Social workers need to be aware of the unique strengths and needs that people with IDD experience, regardless of what field of practice they choose. Disability is an area of strength in our program. Additionally, we have three clinical faculty positions with practicing social workers from the Institute on Disability who teach IDD-related courses, conduct research and training, and engage in personal and political advocacy for people with IDD.