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Admissions Criteria

The Department encourages applications from those who:

Social Work Faculty

  • 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
  • Have satisfactorily completed 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. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are NOT required.

Graduate School Admissions Information

Application Deadlines

Applications and all accepted materials for the online MSW program are accepted three times per year, and considered on a rolling basis.

  • Fall/August Admission (e-Term 1):  Applications due June 1st
  • Spring/January Admission (e-Term 3):  Applications due December 1st
  • Summer/May Admission (e-Term 5):  Applications due March 20th

Tuition and Fees


  • $770/ credit for NH residents
  • $845/ credit for non-NH residents                                                                   

Program Total Number of Credits: 62

Technology Fee per Semester:

  • 1-4 credits $26.00
  • 5-8 credits $51.25
  • 9-16 credits $102.50


Financial Aid

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 here.

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:

Loan Forgiveness Programs

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.