Students in the campus-based program option can complete their M.S.W. in 2-years as a traditional full-time student or in 3-4 years as a part-time student. Students who have graduated from an accredited B.S.W. program can apply for Advanced Standing and complete their M.S.W. in just 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time). Students can take hybrid courses as part of the campus-based program option. Select M.S.W. courses are offered in a hybrid format that blends online learning with classroom experiences within the individual courses. Campus-based hybrid courses meet once every third week and the remainder of the course material is taught online. Hybrid courses are not to be confused with the online M.S.W. option. It is not possible for students to take both online courses via the online program option and campus-based courses via the campus-based program option at the same time. Hybrid courses are offered as part of the campus-based option only.

M.S.W students are required to complete 64 credit hours of graduate course study. Additionally, students are required to complete two separate Field Placements (internships) that consists of four semesters of supervised practice in approved social work settings; each semester includes 280 hours of practice experience (~18-20 hrs/wk).

Advanced Standing students complete 35 credit hours and 1 field placement consisting of 2 semesters. Students coming from programs outside of UNE are required to take SSW 526 as a requirement of the M.S.W. program. Students coming directly from UNE’s B.S.W. program are exempt from taking SSW 526.

Integrated Clinical Practice Specialization (ICPS)

UNE offers one specialization track, the Integrated Clinical Practice Specialization (ICPS), and three certificate options* in Applied Arts and Social Justice, Trauma-Informed Practice, or Training in Diversity and Aging (TRIAD**). Certificates are integrated into the ICPS and completed within the required credit course structure (see individual certificate pages for more detail).

*The Applied Arts and Social Justice and TRIAD Certificates are offered as part of the campus-based program option

**TRIAD certificate comes with a $10,000 stipend

The ICPS curriculum is designed to provide an integrated generalist foundation and advanced skills for integrated clinical social work practice in a variety of settings:

Generalist Year

Generalist social work courses emphasize an integrated social work perspective involving the social context and its impact on social policy, programs, and the social work profession. Courses include Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II; Social Work Research and Action Research for Social Work Practice; Social Work Policy and Advocacy; Social Work Practice I and II; Social Work Practice with Groups; and Field Integrating Seminars I and II. In addition, students spend 560 hours in a field setting, which permits students another learning mode through placements in social agencies and programs with structured on-site professional supervision.

Specialization Year

Specialization social work courses prepare students for a wide range of advanced practice roles. Students glean clinical skills necessary for advanced social work practice with individuals, families, and groups, while they can also take advanced courses in policy and program development, administration, supervision, political advocacy, community practice, and evaluation.

The Integrated Clinical Practice Specialization (ICPS) is taught within a framework based in social work values of social inclusion, anti-oppression, and contextualizes human experience with consideration to social determinants of health and well-being. The student experience is enriched by a diverse selection of practice-relevant electives and through shared learning with students from other health professions and the humanities. Students learn skills to translate practice knowledge into work in organizations and communities. The ICPS prepares graduates for professional leadership positions within their communities and beyond.

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Traditional Student Progression

Generalist Year Credits
SSW/SSWO 501 Human Behavior & the Social Environment I 3
SSW/SSWO 502 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II 3
SSW/SSWO 503 Social Work Research 3
SSW/SSWO 504 Action Research for Social Work Practice 3
SSW/SSWO 505 Social Policy and Advocacy 3
SSW/SSWO 571 Social Work Practice with Groups 3
SSW/SSWO 510 Social Work Practice I 3
SSW/SSWO 511 Social Work Practice II 3
SSW/SSWO 520 Field Practicum I/Seminar 4
SSW/SSWO 522 Field Practicum II/Seminar 4
Generalist Year Total 32
Specialization Year 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 Leadership, 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
Specialization Year Total 32
Traditional Student Progression Program Total Credits 64

 

Advanced Standing Progression (Online and On-Campus)

Generalist Year Credits
Waived with B.S.W. from CSWE accredited program  
Program Requirements Credits
SSW/SSWO 526 Integrating Clinical/Community Practice Frameworks* 3
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
Total Advanced Standing Online and On-campus Program Credits 35

*Campus Advanced Standing students take this course in the middle of August, prior to New Student Orientation and the start of the fall semester.

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 prior to graduation and fulfill all curriculum requirements.

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