University of New England

School of Social Work

Masters in Social Work


716 Stevens Avenue

Portland, ME 04103

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.W. - Master of Social Work

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our On Campus option offers you traditonal face-to-face learning opportunites in small intimate classes with engaged and enthusiastic faculty. Our teaching is consistently high quality and you leave each class transformed by the experience.

We also offer hybrid course options, which blend distance education with face-to-face learning. This model offers you the opportunity for face-to-face teacher and peer interaction, together with the flexibility and expansiveness of asynchronous distance learning. Our hybrid courses are scheduled with two weeks of online learning to one week of campus face-to-face interaction. Face-to-face classes meet every third week, which allows you to juggle other time demands while continuing the learning experience without having to spend as much time on campus.

Learning Through Action

In our On Campus (and hybrid course options), we emphasize Learning Through Action. Faculty members, in partnership with other University resources and community organizations, create several innovative, context-based learning opportunities for you.

Field Education  

Field education is a cornerstone of social work training. As a school, we demonstrate our commitment to providing meaningful opportunities to do work in the field by offering personalized field planning, an emphasis on student choice, attentive field supervision, and a supportive weekly Field Seminar.

Community-Based Classrooms

You participate in classes that take place entirely or partially in community settings. For example, you might take:  

  • A course on homelessness that relies on field trips to community organizations serving the homeless.
  • A class on crime and communities that takes place inside a county jail, allowing you to work alongside inmates to analyze the politics of crime and punishment and the challenges of rehabilitation and reentry.
  • A course on aging that takes you into an independently-living older adult residence.

Community-Based Action

You engage in projects supported by UNE’s Office of Service Learning. You might work with the Oxford Street Shelter, Milestone Home, or Cumberland County Jail, for example.

Interprofessional Learning

You benefit from classroom, co-curricular, and extracurricular learning opportunities along with students enrolled in other health and humanities programs at UNE. For example:

  • The Strategies to Nurture Aging People (SNAP) initiative presents an exciting interprofessional experience in which you work with faculty and other students to design and implement a fall prevention course for independently-living older adults. You meet weekly as a team over the semester to learn about interprofessional communication, fall reduction strategies, health literacy and characteristics of the older adult cohort, as well as to design a six-week fall prevention course.
  • The interdisciplinary play group brings you together with Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing majors to learn about childhood development and programs geared to early intervention and health promotion.

Clinical Simulation 

You develop your skills in UNE’s Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center, converting theory into practice in simulated therapy sessions with actors. The sessions are recorded so that you can later review your work.

Global Social Work  

Twice per year, you have the opportunity to join other Social Work majors and majors from other allied health programs at UNE to travel to western Ghana. Through the trip, you provide direct care services, community health education, and other support to individuals living in urban and rural communities.


The University of New England is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. UNE's School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education to offer the Master of Social Work Degree program.

International Student Requirements:

International student applicants must apply through UNE's online application. In addition, all international transcripts must be evaluated for grade and degree equivalency to that of coursework and degree earned at a US REGIONALLY accredited institution. International applicants should access UNE's website at to review ALL requirements for international applicants.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 64

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $890 USD

In State Tuition (per year): $28,480 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): $28,480 USD

Classification: Master's College or University II

Loans Offered: Federal and Private educational loans are available.

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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