Master of Social Work Degree Requirements

Traditional Track | Advanced Standing Track | Course Descriptions | UNE Academic Catalog

The Master of Social Work degree program prepares graduates to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in an array of settings and with diverse populations. Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks are available.

Focus Your Degree

With three specializations to choose from when designing your educational course plan, the flexibility of our MSW program helps you meet your specific personal and professional goals.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements, course plans, and the curriculum framework vary for each track.*

Traditional Track

Students under the traditional track begin with the fundamentals. This track is perfect for applicants who are passionate about making a difference and see social work as a rewarding career path.

  • 64 credits
  • 3 starts per year
  • 20 courses
  • Two field placements:
    • 450 hours in the generalist year
    • 550 hours in the specialization year

Degree Requirements

Advanced Standing Track

Applicants with experience in the field and a bachelor’s degree earned from a CSWE-accredited university within the past 7 years may be eligible to begin their program under this track.

  • 35 credits
  • 3 starts per year
  • 11 courses
  • One 550-hour field placement

Degree Requirements

*Our Master of Social Work online program is aligned with State of Maine social work licensing requirements. We encourage you to research the licensing requirements for the state in which you intend to practice.

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.



If you have any questions about application requirements, the coursework or program requirements, please speak to one of our enrollment counselors at the email or phone number below.