Master of Social Work Requirements for Admission

While appli­ca­tions are reviewed and admis­sions deci­sions are made on a rolling basis, appli­cants are strong­ly encour­aged to com­plete and sub­mit their appli­ca­tions ear­ly in the cycle.

Program Prerequisites

Appli­cants are encour­aged to review the Mas­ter of Social Work require­ments for admis­sion for each track pri­or to begin­ning their appli­ca­tion, as the admis­sion require­ments vary for each track option. 

Traditional Track

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a region­al­ly accred­it­ed insti­tu­tion or equiv­a­lent.
    • See our Inter­na­tion­al Admis­sions page for addi­tion­al admis­sions require­ments includ­ing details regard­ing the eval­u­a­tion of inter­na­tion­al degrees for grade and degree equiv­a­len­cy
  • 3.0 cumu­la­tive under­grad­u­ate GPA
  • Com­put­er with inter­net con­nec­tion, includ­ing the hard­ware and soft­ware require­ments described on the Tech­ni­cal Require­ments page. Must also pos­sess suf­fi­cient com­put­er skills to nav­i­gate the Inter­net as all class­es are accessed 100% online

Advanced Standing Track

  • Grad­u­a­tion from CSWE accred­it­ed BSW pro­gram with­in the last 7 years pre­ferred
  • Equiv­a­lent course­work at the under­grad­u­ate lev­el to UNE’s Foun­da­tion cours­es com­plet­ed with a “B” of bet­ter strong­ly pre­ferred
  • 3.0 cumu­la­tive under­grad­u­ate GPA, or bet­ter
  • Evi­dence of sig­nif­i­cant expe­ri­ence in the human ser­vices field with MSW super­vi­sion
  • Com­put­er with inter­net con­nec­tion, includ­ing the hard­ware and soft­ware require­ments described on the Tech­ni­cal Require­ments page. Must also pos­sess suf­fi­cient com­put­er skills to nav­i­gate the Inter­net as all class­es are accessed 100% online
What we look for in a Mas­ter of Social Work appli­cant MSWO We rec­og­nize that Social Work is a con­tin­u­al­ly evolv­ing field of study that draws appli­cants from diverse back­grounds. There is no one typ­i­cal back­ground for a suc­cess­ful social work stu­dent. Suc­cess­ful social work stu­dents bring­ing rich back­grounds and diverse pro­fes­sion­al and aca­d­e­m­ic expe­ri­ences to their edu­ca­tion. Suc­cess­ful stu­dents are char­ac­ter­ized by a life­long curios­i­ty, are self-moti­vat­ed and have an incli­na­tion towards advo­ca­cy in its many forms. The abil­i­ty to learn and adapt to new tools and tech­nol­o­gy is an asset in this online social work pro­gram. Stu­dents who pos­sess the skill of man­ag­ing mul­ti­ple com­pet­ing pri­or­i­ties in a time­ly fash­ion are often most suc­cess­ful in our online learn­ing envi­ron­ment.
How to Apply to our MSW Pro­grams:

Go To Appli­ca­tion

Application Process

Step 1

  • Cre­ate an account for the Online Appli­ca­tion Por­tal, start a new appli­ca­tion and fill out all required fields
    • You will be asked to com­pose pro­fes­sion­al state­ments in response to the fol­low­ing prompts in one to two para­graphs each:
      • With ref­er­ence to UNE’s School of Social Work Mis­sion State­ment and the def­i­n­i­tion of “social inclu­sion” pro­vid­ed there­in, please share your views on how you under­stand social inclu­sion and its con­nec­tion to social jus­tice, cul­tur­al diver­si­ty, and human dig­ni­ty
      • Please share two exam­ples that you have observed in soci­ety where social inclu­sion was absent. What are your rec­om­men­da­tions for how to address these issues?
      • Why are you inter­est­ed in the field of social work? What per­son­al strengths and areas of devel­op­ment relate to you becom­ing a pro­fes­sion­al social work­er? In addi­tion, please also assess your tech­no­log­i­cal pro­fi­cien­cies from an online grad­u­ate pro­gram stand­point.
      • Please dis­cuss a chal­lenge or con­flict you faced while work­ing with peo­ple in a pro­fes­sion­al or vol­un­teer set­ting and how you dealt with it. Briefly describe the sit­u­a­tion and share what, if any­thing you would do dif­fer­ent­ly. Describe how this expe­ri­ence has affect­ed you as a pro­fes­sion­al.

Step 2

Upload all sup­port­ing doc­u­ments:
  • Resume/CV: Must be cur­rent and include cur­rent pro­fes­sion­al roles and respon­si­bil­i­ties as well as any vol­un­teer, ser­vice learn­ing, or com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice expe­ri­ence
  • Two com­plet­ed Appli­cant Rec­om­men­da­tion Forms
    • Please keep in mind that the admis­sions com­mit­tee likes to see rec­om­men­da­tion forms from ref­er­ences in a super­vi­sor or lead­er­ship posi­tion.

Step 3

  • Request an offi­cial tran­script reflect­ing con­fer­ral of bachelor’s degree.
Offi­cial tran­scripts must be sub­mit­ted to UNE direct­ly from the insti­tu­tion. Please con­tact your col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty as soon as pos­si­ble and request that they send an offi­cial tran­script via mail to the address below or by cer­ti­fied elec­tron­ic deliv­ery. We will noti­fy you as soon as we receive your offi­cial tran­script. If your tran­script is from an inter­na­tion­al insti­tu­tion, it will need to be trans­lat­ed and/or eval­u­at­ed for U.S. grade and degree equiv­a­len­cy and sent to us direct­ly from the eval­u­a­tion com­pa­ny. Please con­tact an Enroll­ment Coun­selor for more infor­ma­tion. If sent elec­tron­i­cal­ly, request that your tran­script be sent to: If mailed, request that your tran­script be addressed to:
Uni­ver­si­ty of New Eng­land
Online World­wide Learn­ing
Atten­tion: Social Work
716 Stevens Avenue
Port­land, ME 04103

Please Note:
Addi­tion­al tran­scripts may be required or request­ed. You can always sub­mit addi­tion­al tran­scripts if you feel they would strength­en your appli­ca­tion.

Step 4

  • Pay non-refund­able $40 appli­ca­tion fee

Go To Appli­ca­tion

Our Enroll­ment Coun­selors are here to help you under­stand the admis­sion require­ments and to assist you through­out the entire appli­ca­tion process. Please con­tact us right away at 1 (207) 221‑4143 or at if you have any ques­tions about the pro­gram or appli­ca­tion require­ments.
Expi­ra­tion of Appli­ca­tion Mate­ri­als

All appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als sub­mit­ted to UNE are valid for 12 months from the date received by the Uni­ver­si­ty. To avoid need­ing to re-request tran­scripts and let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion, we rec­om­mend that you com­plete your appli­ca­tion and enroll in a time­ly man­ner. In the event that you need to re-apply or re-acti­vate your appli­ca­tion, mate­ri­als old­er than 12 months will need to be re-sub­mit­ted with­out excep­tion.

Non-Matric­u­lat­ed Enroll­ment

Stu­dents not seek­ing a degree may enroll in indi­vid­ual cours­es as a non-matric­u­lat­ed stu­dent, space per­mit­ting and upon approval by the pro­gram man­ag­er. Non-matric­u­lat­ed stu­dents must hold a bachelor’s degree and sub­mit an offi­cial tran­script reflect­ing con­fer­ral of the degree. Stu­dents may not move from non-matric­u­lat­ed to matric­u­lat­ed sta­tus with­in the same semes­ter. Please con­tact an enroll­ment coun­selor to assist in this process.

Inter­na­tion­al Admis­sions

International Students

More infor­ma­tion explain­ing the admis­sions require­ments for inter­na­tion­al stu­dents or appli­cants with inter­na­tion­al degrees can be found here on the Inter­na­tion­al Admis­sions web page. If you have spe­cif­ic ques­tions please con­tact an Enroll­ment Coun­selor for per­son­al guid­ance through the appli­ca­tion process.

Your Social Work Enrollment Counselors

Con­tact an enroll­ment coun­selor to dis­cuss your degree plan or to ask ques­tions about the online Mas­ter of Social Work pro­gram. 

  • Laurie Boland

    Enroll­ment Coun­selor III
    (207) 221‑4955 |

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