Master of Social Work On-Campus Option

The UNE Master of Social Work program will give you the tools and knowledge you need to have a positive effect in the world — for a career change, or a career start.

UNE M.S.W. 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.

Flexible Program Timelines

UNE’s on-campus M.S.W. is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of busy students. The program can be completed in two to four years depending on course load each semester, and the Advanced Standing Track can be completed in one to two years.

Traditional Track

  • Two years, full-time
  • Three or four years, part-time

Advanced Standing Track

  • One year, full-time
  • Two year, part-time

Trauma-Informed Practice Certificate

Our Trauma-Informed Practice certificate prepares you to become a practitioner versed in trauma theory, the neurobiology of complex trauma, and the effects of working with trauma.

Learning Through Action

We emphasize learning through experiences. Faculty members, in partnership with other UNE resources and community organizations, offer several innovative, context-based learning opportunities for you.

Community-Based Classrooms

You participate in classes that take place in community settings. For example:  

Community-Based Action

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.

Interprofessional Learning

You benefit from classroom, co-curricular, and extracurricular learning opportunities along with students enrolled in other health and humanities programs at UNE. For example:

  • Enhance your classroom experience, clinical practice, and future prospects by participating in the Intensive Team-Based Learning (IPTI) experience. Employers are seeking graduates trained in collaboration because evidence shows that high-functioning teams can improve quality care delivery and reduce medical missteps.
  • Strategies to Nurture Aging People (SNAP) presents an exciting experience in which you work with faculty and other students to design and implement a fall prevention course for older adults. Your team learns about interprofessional communication, fall reduction strategies, health literacy, and more.
  • The interdisciplinary playgroup brings you together with Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing majors to learn about childhood development, early intervention and health promotion.

Clinical Simulation

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.

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
U.S. News & World Report