Master of Social Work Degree Requirements

Review the MSW degree requirements for our Traditional track

Please review the UNE Academic Catalog for the full and most up-to-date MSW degree course descriptions and program information.

All Master of Social Work (MSW) students under the Traditional track are required to complete 64 credits total. Click to expand course listings.

Required Coursework for the Traditional Track

SSWO 501 Human Behavior & the Social Environment I (Credits: 3)
SSWO 502 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II (Credits: 3)
SSWO 503 Social Work Research (Credits: 3)
SSWO 504 Action Research for Social Work Practice (Credits: 3)
SSWO 505 Social Policy and Advocacy (Credits: 3)
SSWO 510 Social Work Practice I (Credits: 3)
SSWO 511 Social Work Practice II (Credits: 3)
SSWO 520 Field Practicum I / Seminar (Credits: 4)
SSWO 522 Field Practicum II / Seminar (Credits: 4)
SSWO 552 Contemporary Theory of SW Practice: Individuals and Families (Credits: 3)
SSWO 553 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (Credits: 3)
SSWO 565 Administration & Supervision (Credits: 3)
SSWO 571 Social Work Practice with Groups (Credits: 3)
SSWO 580 Field Practicum III / Seminar (Credits: 4)
SSWO 582 Field Practicum IV / Seminar (Credits: 4)
SSWO 585 Substance Abuse: A Social Work Perspective (Credits: 3)
SSWO 597 Advanced Psychological Assessment (Credits: 3)
  Three electives  



SSWO 564 Program Dev & Community Practice (Credits: 3)
SSWO 608 Grant Research & Program Writing (Credits: 3)
SSWO 610 Social Work in the Political Arena (Credits: 3)
SSWO 611 Social Work Practice and Intimate Partner Violence (Credits: 3)
SSWO 613 Advanced Trauma-Based Practice (Credits: 3)
SSWO 618 Homelessness and Social Work (Credits: 3)
SSWO 627 Pyschopharmacology: Drugs / Behavior (Credits: 3)
SSWO 628 Use of Creative Arts in Social Work Practice (Credits: 3)
SSWO 633 Social Work Practice with Child, Adolescent, Parent (Credits: 3)
SSWO 635 Aging and Health (Credits: 3)
SSWO 642 Narrative Therapy (Credits: 3)
SSWO 652 Motivational Interviewing / Social Work Practice (Credits: 3)
SSWO 670 Grief, Loss, Death and Dying in Social Work (Credits: 3)
SSWO 673 Social Work and the Law (Credits: 3)
SSWO 685 Comm Organizing/Comm Building (Credits: 3)


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Interprofessional Electives

Students also have the option to take electives from our other online graduate programs. A full list of these interprofessional courses can be found here:

Shared Interprofessional Course List

MSW Degree – Traditional Track Highlights

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

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.

Questions about the above MSW degree plans? An enrollment counselor can walk you through the details.

Contact us to discuss your degree plan or to ask any questions about the online Master of Social Work program.