About the UNE School of Social Work

Earn your social work degree in Maine or online with the University of New England — listed among the "Best Social Work Schools" by U.S. News & World Report and recognized as a top university by The Princeton Review.

How Will You Do Good?

UNE’s School of Social Work provides students with the skills to have a positive effect in a rapidly-changing world. We take an experiential, integrated approach to professional social work learning. Our values-based curriculum is grounded in a philosophy of inclusion, and delivered within a close, caring community. Offering undergraduate and graduate-level studies, UNE will support your unique interests, and set you on a path of meaningful employment, social advocacy, and lifelong learning.

Our goal is to provide challenging, empowering, life-changing experiences that set graduates on a continuing path of meaningful employment, social advocacy, and lifelong learning."

— Jennifer O'Neil, Ph.D., LCSW, M.S.W., director, School of Social Work

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Advanced Standing Track

Accelerated Track for Those With a B.S.W.

Already have your B.S.W. degree? Get on a fast track to obtaining your master’s degree in social work and reaching your professional goals. If you have a B.S.W. degree from an outside institution (CSWE Accredited), you may qualify to enroll in our Advanced Standing Track.

Students who plan to obtain both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from UNE should check out our 4+1 B.S.W./M.S.W. Program

Council on Social Work Education


UNE’s Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. The last re-accreditation was completed in 2020. This information can be found in the CSWE Directory of Accredited Programs. CSWE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States. With a curriculum aligned to CSWE standards, the UNE M.S.W. prepares students for state licensure eligibility.


Master of Social Work: Be Part of a Cohort

Master of Social Work: On-Campus Learning for Busy People

M.S.W. student Deqa: “Look at me, I’m doing this. And you can do it.”

Rebecca Baker
I think that the personal connections that I’ve made with other students has been one of the highlights for me, both personally and professionally.
Social Work (M.S.W.)

Beautiful locations

As a student in our School of Social Work undergraduate program, you study on UNE's scenic Biddeford Campus, where the waters of the Saco River flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Recently named the youngest city in Maine, Biddeford and its twin city, Saco, boast an up-and-coming, hip downtown offering delicious eateries, exciting social and cultural events, and more. With the transformation of the old mills into restaurants, breweries, housing, and retailers, there is something for everyone to explore. 

While earning your on-campus Master of Social Work, you study on our historic Portland Campus. Located in a quiet neighborhood just ten minutes from downtown, the campus is close to major clinical sites, shopping, nightlife, and restaurants. Also nearby you'll find beaches, walking and biking trails and much more. Named “America’s Most Livable City” by Forbes and “Foodiest Small Town in America” by Bon Appetit, Portland is the city on every list.

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Biddeford Campus

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Portland Campus

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Recognition We've Received

Best Social Work Schools
U.S. News & World Report

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