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.
- November 1, 2015: Application decisions as well as scholarship and stipend awards begin and are made on a rolling basis throughout the cycle
- April 1, 2016: Priority application deadline for the on-campus MSW programs
To be considered for admissions for Fall 2016 all applications and supporting materials must be received by:
- June 15, 2016: All applications for full-time enrollment
- July 31, 2016: 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.
To be considered for admission, you must have Note: Before matriculation, accepted/deposited 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. 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.
PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
To be considered for admission, you must have
Note: Before matriculation, accepted/deposited 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.
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.
Transfer of credit for MSW graduate courses taken at another institution may be possible under the following conditions
- Students with one full year of graduate social work education from another CSWE accredited graduate school of social work, who desire admission to the second year of the UNE’s School of Social Work:
- Must have completed a full year of graduate study in courses equivalent to the foundation courses at UNE’s SSW and have earned a minimum grade of “B” in all courses.
- Credit will not be given for graduate work that was completed more than seven years prior to admissions to UNE.
- A transfer student that transfers in thirty-two (32) credits equivalent to the UNE’s School of Social Work foundation year must satisfactorily complete a minimum of thirty-five (35) credit hours at UNE’s SSW in order to earn a degree from UNE. This includes enrolling in SSW 526 Integrating Clinical/Community Frameworks.
- Transfer students are required to adhere to the degree requirements in effect at the time of their admission. Individualized provisions may, at times, increase the total credit hours required beyond the above-mentioned minimum.
- Transfer students with less than one full year of MSW graduate education
- The request for transfer of credit should be initiated at the time of application to the School, but in no event later than the beginning of their attendance as degree seeking students.
- The transferred credit must be for courses that are equivalent to the UNE SSW foundation required courses.
- A student cannot complete a portion of the Field Placement requirement while at UNE; only the full two-semester (8 credits; 560 hours) of Field Practicum/Seminar with be transferred in.
- Electives courses will not be considered for transfer credits.
- All transferred credits must carry a minimum grade of B.
- The UNE SSW reserves the right to require transfer students who do not transfer in the full foundation year to complete SSW 526 Integrating Clinical\Community Frameworks as a way to orient them to the curriculum and support their success.
- Transfer credit earned from a graduate program of study in another discipline will not be accepted.
Students applying for transfer credits must provide the SSW with the following:
- Name of the course(s) for which transfer credit is being requested and the name of the UNE SSW equivalent foundation course.
- An official transcript showing that the courses were taken and the grade received.
- Course descriptions and syllabi.
- The request for transfer of credit should be initiated at the time of application to the School, but no later than the beginning of the student’s enrollment in the program.
- Additional information could be requested by the admissions committee.
- Qualified graduates of BSW programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may be considered for Advanced Standing under the following conditions:
- Graduation from a CSWE accredited BSW program within seven (7) years of enrollment in the School of Social Work, Masters degree program, is preferred. Exceptions to this time frame may be made on a case-by-case basis depending on work experience and the quality of the application materials.
- It is strongly preferred that Advanced Standing applicants have received a “B” or better in all BSW courses. If you do not meet this expectation you must address this in your professional statement.
- Evidence of work or volunteer experience working with people in a human service environment.
- Three letters of reference including:
- A letter from a faculty member within the BSW program who can speak to your academic abilities;
- A letter from a supervisor/instructor from the BSW internship/field site or social service employment position;
- A third letter from someone of your choice who speaks to your professional qualifications for an MSW program.
- Field Evaluations must be submitted, documenting the grade and hours completed in the BSW field placement. If the applicant’s BSW program is not able to supply the original Field Evaluations, a letter must be provided confirming that the student received a passing grade and the number of field hours documented.
- Students admitted into advanced standing for the campus-based option must enroll in the required SSW 526 – Integrating Clinical/Community Practice Frameworks 3-credit course to be completed during the first 2 weeks of August prior to starting the fall semester. (Advanced Standing online students will take SSW 526 during their first semester in the program not prior to the start of the program.)
Applicants may not receive academic credit for work experience in the field or for life experience.