This website uses cookies to understand how you use the website and to improve your experience. By continuing to use the website, you accept the University of New England’s use of cookies and similar technologies. To learn more about our use of cookies and how to manage your browser cookie settings, please review our Privacy Notice.

Accept

Master of Social Work (MSW) Admissions

Application deadlines for MSW Campus Options:

  • Full time, July 15, 2020
    • All applications for Advanced Standing must be received by this deadline.
  • Part time, August 15, 2020

Application for Fall 2020 Campus-based enrollment will open on September 1, 2019

The University of New England’s School of Social Work offers several options for the completion of its Master of Social Work degree:

MSW Campus-based options (Traditional face to face, Hybrid blend of campus and online)

  • Applying for Campus Options for Fall 2020 enrollment
    • 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
        • ​Personal statement (essay) questions for response are listed on the application, see application for details
      • 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 
      • Application deadlines
        • July 15: Full time enrollment
        • August 15: Part time enrollment
      • 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 as preparations for field placement begin immediately after acceptance
      • Decisions are made on a rolling basis by the SSW Admissions Committee

MSW Online information and application

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.

Admissions

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • Traditional Track
    • Bachelor’s Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to enrollment
    • Cumulative Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, preferred
    • 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 statements.
  • Advanced Standing
    • All requirements listed above for Traditional Track as well as the following requirements:
      • Graduation from CSWE accredited BSW program preferably within the last seven (7) years
      • Equivalent coursework to UNE’s Foundation courses at the undergraduate level, completed with a “B” or better, strongly preferred
      • Evidence of significant experience in the human services field with MSW supervision

PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

  • Application for admission to the MSW Campus program options
  • Traditional Track 
    • Electronic application to include:
      • Professional Statements
      • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
      • 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 
  • Advanced Standing
    • All items listed for Traditional Track above as well as the following additional requirements:
      • Official transcript reflecting conferral of Bachelor of Social Work degree from CSWE accredited BSW program
      • A letter from a faculty member within the BSW program who can speak to your academic abilities (serves as one of the required references)
      • 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 Proviciency, (see 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 applicationUNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, (see English Language Proficiency

POLICY EXCEPTIONS

  • 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, not individual candidates

TRANSFER CREDIT

  • Petitions for transfer credits for graduate social work courses to be submitted at 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 7-year matriculation may be considered on a case by case basis at the time of admission

EXPERIENTIAL CREDIT

  • Academic credit not given for life experiences or previous work experience

Transfer Credit

TRANSFER CREDIT

  • Petitions for transfer credits for graduate social work courses to be submitted at 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 7-year matriculation may be considered on a case by case basis at the time of admission

EXPERIENTIAL CREDIT

  • Academic credit not given for life experiences or previous work experience