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New Hampshire Social Work Programs and Degrees Guide

You do not need an undergraduate social work degree to work as a generalist social worker in New Hampshire, but attending a New Hampshire social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) may be advantageous if you plan to work in other states or complete a graduate education in social work. There are two social work schools in New Hampshire offering CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs and the University of New Hampshire offers a CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) degree that can be completed on campus or online. Continue reading to learn more about social work schools in New Hampshire.

Quick Facts

  • 4 schools offering social work programs in New Hampshire are in our database (see below)
  • Of the social work schools in New Hampshire, none offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 4 offer bachelor’s degrees, and 1 offers a master’s or advanced degree1
  • No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 20182
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs in 20183
  • 1 school ranked in Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs in 20184
  • Across 2 schools, 3 bachelor’s and master’s social work degree programs in New Hampshire are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)5

Top-Ranked Schools with Social Work Programs in New Hampshire

US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs 2018

  • University of New Hampshire (#105 tie)

Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs 2018

  • University of New Hampshire

Schools with Social Work Programs Accredited by the CSWE

  • Plymouth State University
  • University of New Hampshire

Schools in New Hampshire with Social Work Degree Programs

BSW and Other Undergraduate Programs

Plymouth State University

Plymouth State University is a public university that was recently ranked #100 among regional universities in the North by US News & World Report. Plymouth State’s Social Work Department offers a CSWE-accredited BSW with elective concentrations in gerontology, children and families, health, mental health, or social work with Spanish communities. Minors are available in Child Welfare and Family Studies, Gerontology, or Health and Mental Health Studies. Students complete 450 hours of field education to put classroom learning into practice. Most placements are arranged at organizations within New Hampshire. The university also offers a collaborative program with NHTI, Concord’s Community College, that allows students to complete a two-year associate’s degree in either Human Services or Addiction Counseling before transferring to Plymouth State to complete the second two years of study required to earn the BSW.

University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire is a large, public institution with over 12,000 undergraduate students enrolled. The school’s Department of Social Work’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) program is accredited by the CSWE and includes a 450-hour field education placement to prepare students for generalist work in the profession. During the program, students take classes in social work foundations, human behavior, research, and interventions. There are also liberal arts requirements in the program; students take one anthropology or sociology course, one zoology or biology course, and two diversity courses. Students interested in a career with aging populations may wish to combine the social work major with a minor in gerontology. All social work majors are eligible to participate in the National Student Exchange program, which organizes exchanges with partner universities across the US and Canada. Honors students must maintain a cumulative 3.4 GPA and complete a research thesis.

MSW and Other Graduate Programs

University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire offers the state’s only CSWE-accredited MSW program, which follows an advanced generalist curriculum to prepare students for jobs in many different practice areas and with many different populations. Prospective students in the UNH School of Social Work can choose between the full-time or part-time program at the Durham campus; the part-time, weekend program at the Manchester campus; or the online program. In their second year, students can concentrate their learning and field education in various areas, including Health and Mental Health; Addictions and Substance Abuse; Children, Youth, and Families; or Disabilities. The university also offers a unique dual degree in outdoor education at the Durham campus, which allows students to earn an MSW paired with a Master of Science in Kinesiology.
A dual degree in social work and law is also offered at the Durham and Concord campuses. In 2016 US News & World Report ranked the university in a tie for 103rd place among national universities.

Accreditation Information for New Hampshire Social Work Schools

School Graduation Rate1 Transfer-Out Rate1 Associate’s SW Program Bachelor’s SW Program Graduate SW Program CSWE Accredited5 US News Best Social Work Grad Schools Ranking3 Net Price*1
Plymouth State University 58% N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $19,018
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus 76% N/A No Yes Yes Yes #105 tie $20,546

*The net price is calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics by subtracting the average amount of aid (including grants and scholarships) from the total published cost of attendance for in-state/in-district students, which includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses. To gain a better understanding of how to interpret the statistics discussed in this table, see our list of important definitions.

Directory of New Hampshire Social Work School Programs

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Schools with an asterisk (*) have programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Plymouth State University*
17 High St
Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264-1595
(603) 535-5000
http://www.plymouth.edu

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus*
105 Main St
Durham, New Hampshire 03824-3547
(603) 862-1234
http://www.unh.edu/

Student Review: “The University of New Hampshire was the best place to start my college experience, and I felt at home almost from the beginning. From the beginning my classes were demanding but instead of only relying on classroom and books, our instructors forced us to think outside the box, using real-life scenarios in our casework. At times it was very challenging, yet satisfying. I went in as a novice unsure of my potential, but as time passed they helped me not only reach my potential but gave me the self-confidence I needed to pursue a degree that was not only my future career but a personal passion that I could and would succeed.” – Student at the University of New Hampshire
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References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-private-colleges/index.php?table=all
3. US News & World Report Social Work Best Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/social-work-rankings
4. Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs 2018: /degrees/masters/online/
5. Council on Social Work Education: https://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Directory-of-Accredited-Programs.aspx