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.
All applications for admissions must be electronically submitted through UNE’s online application portal.
For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.
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, please address this in your personal statement.)
- Evidence of work or volunteer experience working with people in a human service environment.
Note: Before matriculation, accepted applicants will be expected to meet all health immunization requirements; to obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status. Please visit Student Health Care for details.
As required by clinical training sites, students will be subject to criminal background checks and drug screens prior to matriculation, and periodically throughout the MSW program.
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 personal essay, and any other supporting materials - is my own work, factually true and honestly presented). A completed application includes:
- A personal essay addressing:
- Your views on social justice, cultural diversity and human dignity with reference to the School of Social Work’s mission statement,
- Your thoughts about the most pressing issues facing our society; the ways we, as social workers, should respond to these issues; and your personal involvement working on these issues, if applicable.
- Your assessment of your personal strengths and areas in need of development relative to becoming a professional social worker.
- 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.
- Submission of official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME, 04103.
- Applications are reviewed as they are completed. Decisions are made on a rolling basis and continue throughout the year until the class is full or the program starts.
- Since field planning is an important part of our program, applicants are encouraged to apply early to give us time to help you find the field placement just right for you. (Scholarship and grant funds are limited and are awarded on a rolling basis as well.)
- 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 applicable, the TOEFL requirement must be completed and score received by the application deadline.
- A personal essay addressing:
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 University of New England does accept graduate transfer credit from other graduate social work institutions accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Applicants may not receive academic credit for work experience in the field or for life experience.
The University of New England does accept graduate transfer credit from other graduate social work institutions accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.