Master of Social Work Admission Requirements

Traditional Track | Advanced Standing Track

Advanced Standing Track

Program prerequisites

  • Graduation from CSWE accredited BSW program within the last seven (7) years is 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, preferred
  • 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

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 Application Recommendation Forms
    • Please keep in mind that the admissions committee likes to see recommendation forms from references in a supervisor or leadership position.
  • Copies of field evaluations and verification of field hours completed

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: socialworkonline@une.edu

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

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 socialworkonline@une.edu if you have any questions about the program or application requirements.

Application Procedures and Policies

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  • 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 II
    (207) 221-4955 | lboland@une.edu

    Laurie is dedicated to the Master of Social Work program.

  • Maria Lorello

    Maria Lorello

    Enrollment Counselor
    (207) 221-4974 | mlorello@une.edu

    Maria is dedicated to the Master of Social Work program.

  • Mollie Kaubrys

    Mollie Kaubrys

    Enrollment Counselor
    (207) 221-4923 | mkaubrys@une.edu

    Mollie is dedicated to the Master of Social Work program.

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