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

  • CLINICAL PRACTICE

    The Clinical Practice focus area prepares students for advanced practice focused on individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings.

  • COMMUNITY PRACTICE

    The Community Practice focus area prepares students for advanced practice roles in program and policy development, administration, supervision, political advocacy, and community practice.

  • INTEGRATED PRACTICE

    The Integrated Practice focus area combines the curriculum of both the Clinical and Community.

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
  • Focus Areas: Clinical Practice, Community Practice, or Integrated Practice
  • 20 courses
  • Two field placements, 560 hours each

Degree Requirements

Advanced Standing Track

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

  • 35 credits
  • 3 starts per year
  • Focus Areas: Clinical Practice, Community Practice, or Integrated Practice
  • 11 courses
  • One 560-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.