The online Master of Social Work (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.
The online MSW program is ideal for working professionals, single parents, and anyone looking to enhance or move into careers such as health care, education, mental health, child care, substance abuse, child welfare, employee assistance programs, the military and other human service oriented environments. The online environment provides new learning opportunities and creates direct relationships between students and instructors.
The flexibility that online education provides can make earning your MSW a reality.
All online courses are designed by full-time faculty in the Department of Social Work. Additionally, full-time faculty share responsibility for teaching the core social work online courses and also provide guidance, mentorship, and oversight of all courses taught by faculty outside the Department to guarantee exceptional educational quality. Maintaining a personal connection with each student is a priority for our faculty. Doing so in an online environment presents challenges but also unique opportunities. We provide personal connections through use of technologies such as Skype and Zoom to provide advising and mentorship that is essential to becoming a professional social worker.
Social Workers practice in a very wide variety of employment settings including advocacy networks and organizations, child care, child welfare, disability, education, health care, employee assistance programs, juvenile and adult criminal justice, mental health, substance abuse, the military and other human service oriented environments. Additionally, national labor statistics demonstrate faster than average occupational growth through 2020 for social workers.
Graduates who wish to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) must complete a minimum of two years of work experience under the supervision of a LCSW, and then satisfy the specific requirements imposed by the state(s) in which they hope to practice. Individual state requirements vary, but each includes a fee. We strongly encourage you to become familiar with the licensure requirements expected in the states in which you expect to practice. To easily view the requirements of each state, please visit the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) website.
For your convenience, here are an additional pair of links that provide general information about licensure in each of the United States: http://www.socialworklicensure.org/ and http://socialworklicensemap.com/ We strongly recommend that students also contact your state licensure board to investigate their specific requirements.
Students are required to complete two field internships at a program or agency in their local community. Students will work with Department of Social Work’s field office to identify acceptable field sites. Find out more information on field internships by visiting https://online.unh.edu/master-of-social-work/field-internships
The program will take 28 months to complete if you start in either the fall or spring, 29 months if you start in the summer. This assumes that you take two courses per term during each of the five annual UNH Online 8-week terms.
Currently, no there is not an Advanced Standing option for online-only students.
Credit Transfer Policy: Once admitted, students can request transfer consideration for a maximum of two non-UNH courses. Transfer Credit Requests are evaluated by the Social Work faculty and the Dean of the Graduate School.
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JoAnne Malloy, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UNH Institute on Disability and Department of Social Work. She has over 30 years of experience in community-based employment and youth transition practice, research, evaluation, and management. She has also directed four nationally funded projects in youth transition, employment of individuals with serious mental illness, and dropout prevention (with a focus on youth and young adults with serious emotional disturbance). JoAnne was part of the team that developed the RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural
Supports, Education, and Work) model in 1996 and has since developed and directed projects that have continued to refine and expand implementation and evaluation of the RENEW model. She is the author of over 15 journal articles and co-author of four book chapters focused on transition and youth with serious emotional disturbance and consumer choice and control models.
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