Nestled in the heart of New England, New Hampshire offers a unique blend of urban and rural communities, presenting diverse challenges and opportunities for social work intervention. With a commitment to excellence in education and a focus on practical experience, MSW programs in the Granite State are equipping students with the tools and expertise needed to address the complex social issues facing individuals, families, and communities across the region.

MSW Degree Program Requirements/Eligibility in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Traditional MSW Admissions Requirements

To get your MSW, you’ll likely need to enroll in a traditional MSW program versus an advanced standing MSW program. These types of programs are geared toward students who don’t already have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. You’ll need to commit two years and complete 60 credits, as well as fulfill the admissions requirements below:

  • Bachelor’s degree, typically in psychology or a related area, from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA requirement (typically around 3.0)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement or essay
  • Resume or CV outlining relevant experience
  • Completion of prerequisite courses (such as psychology, sociology, or human services)
  • GRE scores (some programs may waive this requirement)
  • Interview (some programs may require an interview as part of the application process)
  • Background check and/or fingerprinting

New Hampshire Advanced-Standing MSW Admissions Requirements

If you have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a BSW degree, consider applying to an advanced-standing MSW program, which allows students to complete their MSW in only a year. Currently, New Hampshire only has one advanced-standing MSW program at the University of New Hampshire. To apply, you’ll need to fulfill the same admissions requirements as the standard MSW (with the addition of a BSW and minimum GPA, as stated above).

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New Hampshire MSW Program Tuition and Costs

While there’s only one MSW program in the tiny state of New Hampshire (at the University of New Hampshire), the cost is considerably low. For $785 per credit (62 credits in total), you can get your MSW at the University of New Hampshire (or $865 per credit if you’re relocating from another state).

Are Online MSW Programs in New Hampshire as Good as Campus-Based?

Online MSW programs are a popular choice nowadays, but they aren’t for everyone. While some prefer the flexibility of online programs, others prefer face-to-face interaction. Below is the full list of pros and cons.

Traditional MSW vs. Online MSW Programs in New Hampshire

Traditional MSW ProgramsOnline MSW Programs
FormatIn-person classesOnline classes with some in-person requirements
FlexibilityLimited scheduling optionsMore flexibility in scheduling, often part-time options
LocationGeographically limitedAccessible from anywhere with internet connectivity
Learning EnvironmentClassroom-basedVirtual classroom, discussion boards, and online resources
NetworkingLocal networking opportunitiesNetworking with students and professionals from diverse locations
CostTuition, commuting, and relocation expensesGenerally lower tuition and flexibility to continue working
Hands-on ExperienceField placements and internshipsVirtual or field placements and internships arranged in the student's local area

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) oversees all accreditation for MSW programs in New Hampshire and the rest of the country. Look for their approval in any program you apply to, otherwise you will not be eligible for licensure.

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Getting Your New Hampshire Social Work License

Getting licensed as a social worker in New Hampshire is the next step once you earn your MSW degree. Each state has different requirements for licensure. Learn more about how to get your social worker license in New Hampshire in our Social Work Licensing Guide.

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List of MSW Degree Programs in New Hampshire

Durham, NH

105 Main St., Thompson Hall
Durham, NH 03824-3547
(603) 862-1234

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Tara Moretti, LMHC
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