Master of Social Work (MSW) Admissions

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2019.

The University of New England 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 blend of campus and online
  • Online program
    • May be completed 100% online

Applying for Fall 2019

Campus Options

  • All applications for admission to UNE’s Campus-based MSW program must be submitted through the Office of Graduate Admissions Online Application
    • Detailed instructions are included in the application     
    • Campus option application portal opens annually on September 1, for enrollment in the following Fall term
    • Applications must be electronically submitted by the posted deadline 
    • Applications are reviewed as they are received
    • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your application; additional email communications are sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle
    • Apply early in the cycle for scholarship award consideration (campus-based options only)
    • Apply early! Preparations for field placement begin immediately after acceptance
    • Decisions are made on a rolling basis by the SSW Admissions Committee

Online Option

  • All applications for admission to UNE’s Online MSW program must be submitted through the College of Graduate and Professional Studies Online Application
    • Detailed instructions are included in the application
    • MSW Online option offers three start terms each year (Summer, Fall, Spring)
    • Applications must be electronically submitted by the posted deadline
    • Applications undergo preliminary review as received
    • Decisions are made on a rolling basis by the SSW Admissions Committee
    • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your application; additional email communications are sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle

Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and any other supporting materials.

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



(Both Campus-based and Online Delivery Options)

    • Traditional Track
  • Bachelor’s Degree from a US regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to enrollment
    • Cumulative Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Evidence of work or volunteer experience working with people in a human service environment
    • Demonstration of graduate-level writing skills as evidenced in the required professional statement
      • With reference to UNE’s School of Social Work 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?
      • Why are you interested in the field of social work? What personal strengths and areas of development relate to you becoming a professional social worker?  In addition, if you are applying for the online delivery option, please assess your technological proficiencies from an online graduate program standpoint.
      • Please discuss a challenge or conflict you faced while working with people in a professional or volunteer setting and how you dealt with it.  Briefly describe the situation and share what, if anything, you would do differently.  Describe how this experience has affected you as a professional.
  • Advanced Standing
  • All requirements listed above for Traditional Track
  • Additional requirements
    • Graduation from CSWE accredited BSW program [preferably within the last seven (7) years]
    • Equivalent coursework at the undergraduate level to UNE’s Foundation courses completed with a “B” or better, strongly preferred
    • Evidence of significant experience in the human services field with MSW supervision
  • Only those applications completed by the application deadlines will be considered for admission; complete applications include
    • Traditional Track (Bachelor’s degree required)
    • Electronic application form to include
      • Professional statement
      • Current resume
      • Two (2) references from writers who can speak to your academic abilities and/or professional experience (letters from friends or family members are not acceptable)       
    • Official transcript/s reflecting conferral of Bachelor’s degree
      • Submitted directly to UNE from the originating college or university
      • Additional transcripts MAY be required or requested (you may always submit additional transcripts if you feel they would strengthen your application)
  • Advanced Standing (BSW required)
    • All items listed in Traditional Track
    • Additional requirements
      • Official transcript reflecting conferral of Bachelor of Social Work degree from CSWE accredited BSW program
      • Copies of field evaluations and verification of field hours completed
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees
    • Must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution (International Admissions)
    • Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university
      • UNE accepts several methods of English Language Proficiency 
      • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application


  • Policies have been established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made on a case by case basis, only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates

Transfer Credit
  • Petitions for transfer credits for graduate social work courses to be submitted at the time of acceptance to the School of Social Work
    • Up to nine (9) credits may be transferred for courses completed with a minimum grade of “B” and equivalent to UNE SSW foundation courses
    • P/F courses will not be accepted for transfer credit 
    • No course electives nor courses from programs outside of social work will be considered for transfer credit
    • All courses to have been completed within seven (7) years of anticipated enrollment in the School
    • Applicants petitioning for transfer credits must include the following
      • Professional statement to include reasons for requesting transfer to the University of New England School of Social Work
      • A syllabus for each course being submitted for transfer credit
  • Transfer students required to adhere 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)
    • 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/or any exception to the 7-year matriculation deadline will be on a case-by-case basis at the time of admission

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