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Graduate Course Catalog 2014-2015

Graduate School


Social Work (SW)


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This program is offered in Durham and in Manchester through GSMC.

Associate Professor: Mary Banach, Linda Rene Bergeron, Cynthia Anne Broussard, Vernon Brooks Carter, Sharon B. Murphy, Patrick Shannon, Anita Tucker, Melissa Wells
Clinical Associate Professor: Susan A. Lord
Clinical Assistant Professor: Gretchen Bean, Trish Haneman Cox, Kim Kelsey, Brian Miller, Lee P. Rush


Degree Offered: M.S.W.


Certificates Offered: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Disorders


The Department of Social Work offers a master of social work (M.S.W.) degree. This program develops advanced professional knowledge and skills for persons interested in pursuing careers in the field of social work. The M.S.W. program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). It requires two years of full-time study or three-to-four years of extended-time study. The full-time program is available in Durham only; the extended-time program is available in Durham or Manchester. The Manchester academic classes are delivered in a weekend model with admission every other year. The department also offers an M.S.W Online Program.  Both programs require classroom work and two year-long field internships. Field internship hours are typically completed during normal business hours. 

The program offers all students access to both micro (direct) practice and macro (community and administrative) practice content and skills. All students complete a foundation-year course of study, and then complete a second concentration year in advanced generalist social work practice. 

Please note that beginning in the fall of 2013, the MSW program will no longer have second-year concentrations in either in direct/clinical practice or community/administrative practice. Students will still be able to complete field internships with either a direct practice (micro) or community and administrative (macro) focus. However, all students will receive instruction and training reflecting content and skills from both perspectives. 

The program features an advanced generalist concentration, which is the most common concentration in social work. It is very well suited for practice in rural, suburban, and urban settings and is viable for career positions where a CSWE-accredited degree is required. MSW students will now be able to select four electives in one or more fields of practice: (1) Health and mental health; (2) Addictions and substance abuse; (3) Children, youth, and families, (4) Disabilities; or a self-designed field of practice.   

In addition, the Department of Social Work offers two dual degrees.  The social work and kinesiology dual-degree program consists of a master in social work (M.S.W.), as well as a master of science (M.S.) in kinesiology with a concentration in outdoor education. For additional information regarding the social work/kinesiology dual degree, contact Anita Tucker at  The Department of Social Work and the School of Law at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) also offer a dual degree resulting in the JD/M.S.W.  In four years, students will be able to complete two graduate degrees, a master in social work (M.S.W.) and a Juris Doctor to prepare them for a career in law and social work. For additional information regarding the social work/law dual degree, contact Sharon Murphy at

Additionally, the department offers graduate certificates in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Disorders.  For training programs, the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program and a University Partnerships child welfare program are available for eligible M.S.W. students interested in a career in child protective services.

Admission Requirements

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; and have completed courses in a broad range of liberal arts and science disciplines. Applicants should include a resume of two pages or less, which lists educational, work, and volunteer experiences, as well as any special skills or attributes. Applicants must submit professional recommendations from three individuals, one of whom could be a member of an academic faculty. Professional letters of reference should describe the applicant’s volunteer or work duties, skills and values relevant to social work practice with diverse populations, ability to collaborate with others, and overall strengths and challenges relevant to graduate study. Applicants should complete a personal statement of interest in pursuing graduate education in the field. Significant volunteer and/or work experience in the field is strongly recommended. Application expectations include graduation from an accredited undergraduate institution with a broad liberal arts background including a research methods course. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may fulfill them after admissions but before their second year of study. All applicants are encouraged to contact departments directly to discuss program specific application questions. Standardized graduate examinations are not required, but results of such tests may be submitted to supplement other admission materials. 

Students applying to the Online M.S.W. Program must meet the application requirements shown above.  The Online M.S.W. Program provides the same quality education that the campus-based programs offer. Students can complete their coursework and field practicum work at home and in their own community. No campus visits are required at any time. 

Students applying for advanced standing must hold a B.A. from an accredited S.W./B.S.W. program with a minimum overall 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. Advanced-standing applicants must also submit a reference from a B.S.W. faculty member and the undergraduate field supervisor or field coordinator. Students applying to the extended-time program at UNH Manchester are advised that the Manchester program admits students every other year.

Students applying to the dual-degree programs must meet the application requirements for both the Departments of Social Work and Kinesiology or the UNH School of Law. See Kinesiology and the UNH School of Law for their admission requirements.

The M.S.W. program concentrates on strengths and empowerment models that encourage individuals and families, and communities and organizations to realize their full potential. The department supplies students with a social and community systems context and promotes practice skills that are responsive to diversity issues. The program is housed in Pettee Hall with access to interview observation rooms and state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs.

Financial aid opportunities in the department include grants for students interested in the child welfare field or in work with children with developmental disabilities and their families. The department also offers graduate research assistantships to a few second-year students. Graduates of the program are employed in a wide variety of social and human service agencies as direct practitioners and in managerial roles. Please be aware that as a condition of being placed in some agency settings, graduate social work students may be required to complete a criminal record check with both state and law enforcement agencies.

Degree Requirements


M.S.W. Degree Requirements

An M.S.W. candidate must complete 62 credit hours of 800- or 900-level courses including two, two-semester field internships, comprising a total of 1,240 hours in the field. Grades below the B- level in a graded course or a "fail" in a credit/fail course are considered failing grades for the purposes of determining academic standing. Repeating a course does not remove the original failing grade from the record. Graduate students receiving failing grades in 9 or more credits, received either in three courses or in any combination of courses taken twice, will be dismissed from the M.S.W. program.

Although a significant portion of the curriculum is required, students will be able to complete four elective courses. At least one of these must be taken from among Department of Social Work course offerings. 

Core MSW Program Advanced Generalist Courses, minimum 62 credits
SW 820, Social Welfare Policy I
SW 830,  Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice I
SW 840, Race, Culture & Oppression
SW 850, Human Behavior & the Social Environment I (HBSE I)
SW 880, Field Internship I (seminar and concurrent two-day/week internship/academic year)
SW 831, Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice II
SW 851, Human Behavior & the Social Environment II (HBSE II)
SW 926, Social Welfare Policy II
SW 881, Field Internship II (seminar and two-day/week internship continued from SW 880)
SW 930, Advanced Generalist Practice III
SW 962, Statistics and Data Analysis
SW 982, Field Internship III (seminar and concurrent three-day/week internship/academic year)
SW 931, Advanced Generalist Practice IV
SW 965, Program & Practice Evaluation
SW 983, Field Internship IV (seminar and three-day/week internship continued from SW 982)
Electives, four 3-credit elective courses from social work (other graduate programs with permission)

Advanced Standing Program
The M.S.W. program at the Durham campus considers advanced standing for exceptional students with undergraduate degrees from accredited baccalaureate social work programs. Applicants must have graduated from the B.S.W. program within five years of matriculation into the M.S.W. program. Advanced standing students complete a minimum of 35 credits for graduation. This includes a 10-week summer practicum and seminar, which students must take prior to their advanced practice and field placement. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the coordinator of graduate admissions in the department office.

MSW Program Advanced Standing (post B.S.W./B.S.S.W.) Courses, minimum 35 credits (applies only to fall 2013 admission)
SW 900, Advanced Standing Seminar
SW 840, Race, Culture & Oppression
SW 930, Advanced Generalist Practice III 
SW 962, Statistics and Analysis
SW 982, Field Internship III (seminar and concurrent internship)
SW 926, Social Welfare Policy II (unless completed in B.S.W./B.S.S.W., then an elective)
SW 931 Advanced Generalist Practice IV                
SW 965, Program & Practice Evaluation
SW 983, Field Internship IV (Seminar & Concurrent Internship)
Elective, one 3-credit course

Dual Degree Programs
Social Work and Kinesiology:
Dual-degree social work and kinesiology students take classes simultaneously over the course of two-and-a-half years in both social work and kinesiology: outdoor education and complete a minimum of 77 credits for graduation. This includes two internships, one during their first year of study, and a second specialized block placement internship over the summer following the second year of study, which concentrates on the utilization and application of adventure therapy in an agency setting. This block placement internship may occur in New England or in other appropriate settings across the U.S.  Students are required to also complete either a master thesis or an advanced studies project during their last year of study, which is supervised by faculty in kinesiology: outdoor education. For additional information regarding the Social Work/KIN dual degree course requirements, contact Anita Tucker at

Social Work and UNH School of Law:  The Department of Social Work and the School of Law at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) also offer a dual degree resulting in the JD/M.S.W. In four years, students will be able to complete two graduate degrees, a master in social work (M.S.W.) and a Juris Doctor to prepare them for a career in law and social work. For additional information regarding the social work/law dual degree course requirements, contact Sharon Murphy at

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Disorders

The M.S.W. program offers two certificate programs.

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Certificate

About the Program
The College of Health and Human Services, Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the New Hampshire Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-LEND) training program at the Institute on Disability co-sponsor the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Graduate Certificate program. The needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities extend beyond the boundaries of any one discipline. Therefore, this program emphasizes an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to providing holistic, family-centered services to children and families. This 12-credit-hour interdisciplinary program is designed to focus on the development of advocacy and practice skills for professional work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Students enrolled in the graduate certificate program will benefit from collaboration and interaction with faculty and students from many departments within the university. Additionally, students will benefit from working with staff and faculty associated with the Institute on Disability. A unique feature of this program is its collaborative relationship with the NH-LEND program. The NH-LEND program focuses on developing educational excellence related to: a) the most current knowledge regarding neurodevelopmental disabilities, b) the process of interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership, and c) strategies for continuous improvement of effective leadership. Students in the Leadership in Children's Health and Disability program will participate in a two semester Special Topics Seminar series on Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities with MCH-LEND trainees and faculty representing the disciplines of health management and policy, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, pediatrics, physical therapy, psychology, social work, speech language pathology, and special education.

Who Should Apply

There are two separate tracks for this program. Track 1 is for students enrolled in the New Hampshire-Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NH-LEND) training program. Track 2 is for all other students. The program of study consists of two required courses (6 credit hours), and two (2) electives (6 credit hours) or one (1) elective and one (1) three(3)-credit hour  independent study. Below is a detailed description of each track.

Track 1 (NH-LEND Trainees)

Course Requirements – 12 credits total

Required Courses:



Track 2 (All Other Students)

Required Courses:



All coursework for the certificate must be completed within three years. Students who successfully complete the program will receive an official student certificate from the University of New Hampshire Graduate School.

Courses completed during the certificate program may be applied toward degree requirements upon the approval of the appropriate graduate program coordinator and the Graduate School. Tuition is equal to the rates for resident graduate degree students. Tuition for non-resident students will be 10 percent above the resident rate.

Contact Information
Individuals holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution are eligible to apply. Applicants much submit: 1) an application form, 2) official transcripts, and 3) a $25 processing fee (this fee is waived for graduate students who are currently enrolled ). Applications are available by contacting the program coordinator. Applications will be accepted anytime, and admissions decisions are made promptly. For more information about the program and the application process, contact:

Patrick Shannon, Associate Professor
Project Coordinator
Department of Social Work and NH-LEND Program
University of New Hampshire
55 College Road, 311 Pettee Hall
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-5016

Links & Additional Resources

The New Hampshire Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MCH-LEND) Program

Department of Social Work

UNH College of Health and Human Services


Substance Use Disorders Certificate

Certificate Requirements
The Substance Use Disorders Graduate Certificate consists of 12 credit hours acquired through a series of four required courses covering etiology of addictions, addiction policy analysis, addiction research and best practices, and system theory and strengths perspective.  

Students are required to complete the following social work courses in no particular order:  (1) Addiction: Myth and Science, (2) Assessment for Addictions, (3) Treatment of Addictions, and (4) Addiction Recovery.

Courses are offered at the UNH Manchester campus during evenings and weekends. 

ApplyingPlease contact Brian Miller at or (603) 862-1013  for details about applying for the certificate.