The University of New England School of Social Work

The UNE School of Social Work prepares students for advanced professional practice and is accredited to offer the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree by the Council on Social Work Education.  

The UNE School of Social Work offers sev­er­al online and on-cam­pus options for those inter­est­ed in get­ting their MSW degree. All options use the same cur­ricu­lum taught by the School fac­ul­ty.  In addi­tion to our reg­u­lar 2-year, full-time pro­gram and part-time options, we fea­ture an accel­er­at­ed option that enables eli­gi­ble stu­dents to obtain an MSW degree in a short­er time­frame.

Master of Social Work

The MSW degree pro­gram pre­pares grad­u­ates to work with indi­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, groups, orga­ni­za­tions, and com­mu­ni­ties in an array of set­tings and with diverse pop­u­la­tions. The val­ues and com­mit­ments embed­ded in the School’s Mis­sion State­ment per­me­ate our work in every area.

CSWE logoUNE’s online Mas­ter of Social Work pro­gram is accred­it­ed by the Coun­cil on Social Work Edu­ca­tion (CSWE), which is rec­og­nized by the Coun­cil for High­er Edu­ca­tion Accred­i­ta­tion as the sole accred­it­ing agency for social work edu­ca­tion in the U.S.

Pro­gram Goals

Pre­pare com­pe­tent Mas­ter-lev­el pro­fes­sion­al social work­ers who at every sys­tem lev­el pro­vide lead­er­ship to:

  • Pro­mote social inclu­sion to enable peo­ple, pop­u­la­tions, and com­mu­ni­ties to ful­ly par­tic­i­pate in soci­ety.
  • Cre­ate per­son-cen­tered col­lab­o­ra­tive and sus­tain­able rela­tion­ships across diverse com­mu­ni­ties and prac­tice set­tings.
  • Devel­op and apply eth­i­cal reflec­tion, crit­i­cal con­scious­ness and shared deci­sion-mak­ing based on social work val­ues and with con­sid­er­a­tion of the broad­er con­texts of the world in which we live.

These goals are inte­grat­ed into the social work cur­ricu­lum. Through their pres­ence in cours­es, field work intern­ships, and inter­nal School gov­er­nance we bring our Mis­sion State­ment to life.


Pro­gram Vision

The Uni­ver­si­ty of New Eng­land School of Social Work envi­sions a world where social work­ers are at the fore­front of advo­cat­ing with indi­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties for human dig­ni­ty and social inclu­sion by mobi­liz­ing efforts to end inequities, exploita­tion, and vio­lence.


Pro­gram Mis­sion

The mis­sion of the School of Social Work is to pro­vide trans­for­ma­tive and col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing that embraces the val­ues of social inclu­sion and pro­motes an enhanced qual­i­ty of life for indi­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties.


Pro­gram Val­ues

Our val­ues pro­mote social inclu­sion con­cep­tu­al­ized as actions tak­en to improve qual­i­ty of life, access to equi­table resources, enhance­ment of human bonds with­in the con­text of cul­tur­al diver­si­ty, and engage­ment of peo­ple, pop­u­la­tions, and com­mu­ni­ties to ful­ly par­tic­i­pate in soci­ety. Towards this end:

  • We pro­mote cul­tur­al­ly informed prac­tice that is respect­ful of the com­plex­i­ty and diver­si­ty of people’s lives and cir­cum­stances.
  • We rec­og­nize that social exclu­sion pre­vents peo­ple from full and just par­tic­i­pa­tion in their com­mu­ni­ties as a con­se­quence of inequities, dis­crim­i­na­tion, and dis­ad­van­tage aris­ing from adver­si­ty in ear­ly life and con­tin­u­ing across the life course.
  • We prac­tice social respon­si­bil­i­ty by rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness of social exclu­sion, chal­leng­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion and act­ing with and on behalf of groups, pop­u­la­tions, and com­mu­ni­ties.
  • We sup­port per­son-cen­tered col­lab­o­ra­tive prac­tices and part­ner­ships that bring togeth­er diverse work­ers and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to meet the best inter­ests of indi­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, and groups.