Master of Social Work (MSW) Admissions

The University of New England’s School of Social Work offers several options for the completion of the Master of Social Work degree:

  • Campus-based program options
    • Traditional face-to-face
    • Hybrid/Flipped blend of online and on campus
  • Online program

Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit applications early in the cycle; applications are reviewed and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.  Scholarship and grant funds are awarded on a rolling basis as students are accepted.

Important Dates

  • November 1, 2016: Application decisions as well as scholarship and stipend awards begin and are made on a rolling basis throughout the cycle
  • April 1, 2017: Priority application deadline for the on-campus MSW programs

Final deadlines

To be considered for admissions for Fall 2017 all applications and supporting materials must be received by:

Please note: Deadline for application for full-time enrollment has been extended to July 15.

  • June 15, 2017: All applications for full-time enrollment
  • July 31, 2017: All applications for part-time enrollment

All applications for admissions must be electronically submitted through UNE’s online application portal

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.

Admissions

Academic/Experience Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must have:

  • Completed a Bachelor’s degree from a US regionally accredited college or university or international equivalent. (If degree is in progress at time of acceptance, degree must be completed prior to matriculation.)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is preferred.  (If your GPA is lower, you must address this in your professional statement.)
  • Evidence of work or volunteer experience working with people in a human service environment is required.
  • Demonstration of graduate-level writing skills as evidenced by the required professional essay.
  • While interviews are not required, the Admissions Committee may request an interview with follow-up questions after reviewing your application.

Note: Before matriculation, accepted/deposited on campus and hybrid students will be expected to meet all health immunization requirements and; to obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status. Please visit Student Health Care for details. 

As required by field placement sites, students may be subject to criminal background checks and drug screens prior to entering field placement sites, and periodically throughout their field placement.

On Campus and Hybrid Options: Procedures And Policies

Applications for admission are submitted through UNE’s online application(Applicants must certify that all information submitted in the admission process, including the application, the professional essay, and any other supporting materials, is their own work, factually true and honestly presented).  

  • A completed application includes:
    • Professional essay written using APA standards (no more than 6 pages, 12 point font, double spaced with 1-inch margins) specifically addressing  all of the following:
      • With reference to UNE’s Mission Statement and the definition of “social inclusion” provided therein, please share your views on how you understand social inclusion and its connection to social justice, cultural diversity, and human dignity.
      • Please share two examples that you have observed in society where social inclusion was absent.  What are your recommendations for how to address these issues?
      • Your own assessment of your personal strengths and areas in need of development relative to becoming a professional social worker
      • Please refer to a time you were working in a professional social service setting (employment or volunteer) and you made a mistake or were not able to meet expectations associated with the tasks assigned to you and provide the following:
        • Briefly describe this situation and share what, if anything you would do differently.
        • Describe how this experience has impacted you as a professional.       
    • The names and emails of two (2) education/professional reference letter writers as part of the application. Reference letters from friends and family members are not acceptable.
    • Submission of a current resume.
  • Advanced Standing applicants please see section on Advanced Standing 
  • Applications are reviewed as they are completed. Only those applications completed by the application deadline will be considered for admission. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. Once an applicant is accepted, a deposit will be required to hold a seat in our class. 
  •  International applicants and applicants with international degrees must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution. . See International Admissions.
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university.  UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, (see International Admissions). If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application.
  • Applicants to the on-campus option must submit official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME, 04103.
  • Since field planning is an important part of our program and on campus students enter field during their first semester, applicants are encouraged to apply early to give us time to help you find the field placement just right for you.
  • Scholarship funds are limited and are awarded on a rolling basis upon acceptance. Funds are currently available for our campus-based program only. Scholarship awards are merit based. Students interested in being considered for a scholarship award must submit a letter of request at the same time of application to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. 

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the School of Social Work website.

 

Online Option: Procedures And Policies

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent. See International Admissions for details regarding evaluation of international degrees for grade and degree equivalency
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Sufficient computer skills to navigate the worldwide web and effectively participate in an on-line program.
  • Own or have regular access to a computer with internet connection and with appropriate hardware and software requirements.

Please note in addition to the requirements listed above, Advanced Standing applicants must also have completed:

  • CSWE accredited BSW program (within the last seven (7) years is preferred)
  • Equivalent coursework at the undergraduate level to UNE's Foundation courses completed with a "B" of better strongly preferred

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Completed online application
  • Submission of the non-refundable application fee
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Goal Statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts reflecting conferral of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.  All transcripts are to be submitted from the original institutions.

Please note in addition to the requirements listed above, Advanced Standing applicants must also submit:

  • Copies of field evaluations and verification of field hours completed

Note:  Transcripts for any coursework appearing as transfer credit on the transcript of the conferred degree can be waived if the coursework is unrelated to the degree being sought.  The program admissions committee defines all coursework not eligible for waiver.​

 

PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

  • Applications for admission are accepted through UNE’s online application only. Detailed instructions are included in the online application.
  • Official transcripts, as well as other documents to support the application, must be submitted to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, 716 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME, 04103
  • Students are admitted to the MSWO program three (3) times a year:  Summer A, Fall A, Spring A.
  • Applications received and completed by the respective deadlines will be given full consideration.  Applications submitted and/or completed after the deadline will be reviewed for the next available term.
  • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made by the program admissions committee throughout the cycle.
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution.  See International Admissions.
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university.  UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, see International Admissions.  
  • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application. 

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the Online Master of Social Work website

 

Policy Exceptions

The Master of Social Work program and the SSW Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case-by-case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.

 

The Online Master of Social Work program and the MSWO Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.

Transfer Credit

Petitions for transfer credits for graduate social work courses must be submitted at the time of acceptance to the School of Social Work.

  • Up to nine (9) credits may be transferred for courses deemed equivalent to UNE SSW foundation courses with a minimum grade of “B”. 
  • P/F courses will not be accepted for transfer credit. 
  • Course electives are not considered for transfer credit nor are courses from programs outside of social work.
  • All courses must have been completed within seven (7) years of anticipated enrollment in the School.
  • Academic credit is not given for life experiences and previous work experience.
  • Applicants who will be petitioning for transfer credits must include the following as a part of their application to the program:
    • Your professional statement should include a discussion of why you are requesting transfer to the University of New England School of Social Work.
    • A syllabus for each course being submitted for transfer credit.
    • Three letters of reference including:
      • Two letters from someone of your choice (preferably in a faculty or supervisory role) who speaks to your professional qualifications for an MSW program. 
      • A third letter of good standing from the dean/director (or her/his designee) of the School of Social Work from which you are transferring
  • ​Adherence to the degree-requirement progression plan in effect at the time of your admission. Note: Individualized provisions may, at times, increase the total credit hours required for graduation from the School of Social Work.
  • The SSW reserves the right to require transfer students to enroll in SSW 526 Integrating Clinical\Community Frameworks as part of their progression plan.
  • Consideration of transfer credit beyond nine (9) credits and 7-year matriculation may be considered on a case-by-case basis at the time of admission to the School.

Experiential Learning

Applicants may not receive academic credit for work experience in the field or for life experience.