On-Campus Program Overview
Our on-campus Master of Social Work option offers you traditional face-to-face learning opportunities in small, intimate classes with engaged faculty on our Portland, Maine campus. Our teaching is consistently high quality and you will leave each class feeling transformed.
We also offer hybrid course options, which blend distance and face-to-face learning. This model offers you the opportunity for in-person teacher and peer interaction, together with the flexibility of asynchronous distance learning. Hybrid courses are scheduled with two weeks of online learning, and then one week of on-campus interaction. With in-person classes occurring every third week, our students are able to manage a busy schedule while learning.
On-Campus Learning for Busy People
Hear the benefits of studying on campus in Portland, Maine.
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.
Learning Through Action
In our on-campus and hybrid course options, we emphasize learning through action. Faculty members, in partnership with other UNE resources and community organizations, create several innovative, context-based learning opportunities for you.
You participate in classes that take place entirely or partially in community settings. For example, you might take:
- Our new course on Empowering Cultural Education, designed and co-taught by Maine immigrant community leaders
- A course on homelessness where you will take 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 independent living residence for older adults.
You engage in projects supported by UNE’s Office of Service Learning. Some of the programs you might work with include the Oxford Street Shelter, Milestone Home, and the Cumberland County Jail.
You benefit from classroom, co-curricular, and extracurricular learning opportunities along with students enrolled in other health and humanities programs at UNE. For example:
- Team Immersion - Enhance your classroom experience, clinical practice, and future prospects by participating in the Intensive Team-Based Learning (IPTI) experience, offered 1-2 times per semester. Employers are seeking graduates trained in collaboration because evidence shows that high-functioning teams can improve quality care delivery and reduce medical missteps.
- 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, characteristics of the older adult cohort, and to design a six-week fall prevention course.
- The interdisciplinary playgroup brings you together with Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing majors to learn about childhood development and programs geared toward early intervention and health promotion.
You will 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.