On-Campus Program Overview

Our on-campus Master of Social Work option offers you traditional face-to-face learning opportunities in small, intimate classes with engaged faculty on our Portland, Maine campus. Our teaching is consistently high quality, and you will leave each class feeling transformed.

We also offer hybrid course options, which blend distance and face-to-face learning. These courses offer you the opportunity for in-person teacher and peer interaction, together with the flexibility of asynchronous distance learning. By adding hybrid courses, our students are able to manage a busy schedule while still staying on track with learning.

Caleb Demers
Just being able to walk up to the top floor and have a meeting with one professor while also being able to check in with another about something is really valuable.
Social Work (M.S.W.)

On-Campus Learning for Busy People

Hear the benefits of studying on campus in Portland, Maine.

Field Education

Field education is a cornerstone of social work training. As a school, we demonstrate our commitment to providing meaningful opportunities to do work in the field by offering personalized field planning, an emphasis on student choice, attentive field supervision, and a supportive weekly field seminar.

UNE M.S.W. Field Placement: Maine Medical Center NICU

UNE M.S.W. Field Placement: Preble Street

UNE M.S.W. Field Placement: Lyman Moore Middle School

Learning Through Action

In our on-campus and hybrid course options, we emphasize learning through action. Faculty members, in partnership with other UNE resources and community organizations, create several innovative, context-based learning opportunities for you.

Community-Based Classrooms

You participate in classes that take place entirely or partially in community settings. For example, you might take:  

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:

  • Team Immersion - Enhance your classroom experience, clinical practice, and future prospects by participating in the Intensive Team-Based Learning (IPTI) experience, offered 1-2 times per semester. Employers are seeking graduates trained in collaboration because evidence shows that high-functioning teams can improve quality care delivery and reduce medical missteps.
  • The Strategies to Nurture Aging People (SNAP) initiative presents an exciting interprofessional experience in which you work with faculty and other students to design and implement a fall prevention course for independently-living older adults. You meet weekly as a team over the semester to learn about interprofessional communication, fall reduction strategies, health literacy, characteristics of the older adult cohort, and to design a six-week fall prevention course.
  • The interdisciplinary playgroup brings you together with Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing majors to learn about childhood development and programs geared toward 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.

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