Master of Social Work Update

Starting in spring 2023, the UNE Master of Social Work program is transitioning all coursework to an asynchronous online format. The shift to online coursework will allow UNE to meet the evolving needs of prospective students while continuing to deliver a high-quality social work education. Current campus-based students will complete their coursework in the current in-person format until the Spring 2024 semester. Prospective M.S.W. students should contact and apply for the Online M.S.W. moving forward.

About UNE's Social Work 4+1 B.S.W./M.S.W. Program

If you’re interested in getting both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work, UNE’s 4+1 B.S.W./M.S.W. program may be for you. This program allows you to complete your B.S.W. and your M.S.W. in a total of just five years, saving you both time and money. In addition to financial advantages, the 4+1 Track offers more flexibility in the graduate-level application process as well as in graduate-level course selection.

Headshot of U N E student Maddy Welch

I really appreciate that the program is on the smaller side. The M.S.W. program is slightly bigger [than the undergraduate program], but I’ve made some deep connections.

Social Work/M.S.W. 4+1

Why UNE for your B.S.W./M.S.W.

No matter which facet of social work you envision yourself in — be it school social work, substance use and recovery services, family counseling, prison social work, or another realm — our combination undergraduate/graduate program in Social Work will be your ticket to a successful career.

Benefit From a Seamless Transition and Other 4+1 Perks

There is something to be said for continuity. By attending UNE from your first year through your graduate year, you will know your professors, the University, and the School of Social Work on a level that other graduate students will not. 

Moreover, you’ll benefit from the following perks. It pays to do the 4+1 in more ways than one.

  • Financial Advantages
    • One year’s worth of tuition savings
    • Waived graduate application fee
    • Prioritization for graduate scholarship funds (if your application is submitted before Feb. 1)
  • Option to substitute an interview for the personal statement required for the graduate application
  • Option to take an extra elective course rather than the standard bridge course
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Benefit From an Immersive Education Experience With Purpose

Engage in Cross-Disciplinary Learning

More than ever before, employers are seeking graduates who are trained in team-based, collaborative care. As a comprehensive health professions university, UNE offers you the unique opportunity to learn with and from students and faculty from various majors in the health professions as well as the liberal arts. You will be immersed in cooperative learning and emerge prepared for a successful career as part as an interprofessional team.

Get Hands-On Experience

At UNE, we believe that an education in social work requires real-world experience. Solidify your sense of purpose and expand your career horizons as you gain practical skills through meaningful community-based service learning opportunities, exciting fieldwork placements, simulated therapy sessions, research opportunities that are available to you even as an undergraduate, and perhaps even global travel.

Follow Your Passions

Social work is an expansive field that offers a great deal of opportunity for specialization for those who desire it. You may opt to earn a certificate in Trauma Informed Practice. This enriching certificate allows you to hone your skills and knowledge in a focus area and signal to future employers that you have credentials that set you apart from others.

Academic Standards and Application Requirements

To apply to the 4+1 B.S.W./M.S.W. Social Work program, you must be a current B.S.W. student at UNE who anticipates successful completion of the B.S.W. degree. You may apply to the 4+1 program as early as the fall semester of your senior year and as late as the deadline as outlined in your Gradvantage materials. You are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prior to enrollment.

  • Submittal of application through the Graduate Centralized Application Service (GradCAS)
  • Expected successful completion of UNE’s Bachelor of Science in social work degree
  • Submittal of current undergraduate transcript. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is preferred. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will have an opportunity to provide additional information and context in the GradCAS application.
  • Submittal (through GRADCAS) of contact information for two people who could serve as references. These individuals should be able to speak to your academic abilities and/or professional experiences and must not be friends or family members.
  • Submittal of a personal statement* (through GRADCAS) or completion of an interview with a member of the admissions committee.
  • Submittal (through GRADCAS) of a current resume or CV
  • All UNE 4+1 B.S.W./M.S.W. candidates must reference their Gradvantage contract for the year that they entered UNE. Gradvantage criteria are HERE (Jan. 15 deadline for application submission and March 1 deadline for submission of all completed materials)

*Please refer to the GradCAS application for specific writing prompts and additional information.

Social Work students working together in class

4+1 Curriculim

Students in the 4+1 social work program must meet all Westbrook College of Health core requirements and all major requirements as outlined in the Bachelor of Science of Social Work curriculum.

In addition, students must fulfill the following program requirements (typically in the fifth year of study):

Program Requirements Credits
SSW/SSWO 552 Contemporary Theory of SW Practice: Individuals and Families 3
SSW/SSWO 553 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families 3
SSW/SSWO 597 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment 3
SSW/SSWO 565 Administration and Supervision 3
SSW/SSWO 580 Field Practicum III/Seminar 4
SSW/SSWO 582 Field Practicum IV/Seminar 4
SSW/SSWO 585 Substance Use: A Social Work Perspective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total B.S.W./M.S.W. 4+1 Program Credits 35

Beautiful Location

During your undergraduate years at UNE, you’ll live and study on our 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. 

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Recognition We've Received

Best Online Master's in Social Work Degree Programs
Best One-Year M.S.W. Degree Programs Online
Best Schools for Social Work
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