Master of Social Work Frequently Asked Questions


How can I get start­ed?

To speak with an Enroll­ment Coun­selor, con­tact us at (207) 221‑4143 or Ready to begin an appli­ca­tion? Vis­it the appli­ca­tion por­tal today!

What are the admis­sions require­ments for this pro­gram?

Appli­cants are encour­aged to review the admis­sion require­ments for each track pri­or to begin­ning their appli­ca­tion as the admis­sion require­ments vary for each track option. Please vis­it our Admis­sions page. for a full list of admis­sions require­ments.

Can I apply if my GPA is low­er than 3.0?

Appli­ca­tions for the MSW online pro­gram are reviewed holis­ti­cal­ly. Appli­cants who do not meet the min­i­mum GPA require­ments can still apply, how­ev­er appli­cants are encour­aged to strength­en their appli­ca­tion in oth­er ways such as by address­ing their low GPA in a sup­ple­men­tal essay or through a phone inter­view with the admis­sions com­mit­tee.

Is the GRE required to apply?

The GRE is not required as part of the admis­sions process. If you have tak­en the GRE, you are wel­come to pro­vide your score as part of your appli­ca­tion pack­age, but the GRE it is not a require­ment.

Will this degree be rec­og­nized in my state?

This pro­gram is aligned with State of Maine social work licens­ing require­ments. Because licens­ing require­ments vary by state, we encour­age you to research the require­ments for the state in which you intend to prac­tice. For more infor­ma­tion, down­load a list of state licens­ing boards.


How many terms do you offer per year?

Appli­ca­tions are accept­ed on a rolling basis three times per year. The online Mas­ter of Social Work pro­gram runs year-round with three terms per year: spring (Jan­u­ary-April), sum­mer (May-August), and fall (Sep­tem­ber-Decem­ber). Each term con­sists of two 8-week ses­sions.

What is con­sid­ered full-time stu­dent sta­tus?

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Master of Social Work Courses

Are any cam­pus vis­its required?

No, this pro­gram is com­plet­ed 100% online with no cam­pus vis­its required.

What are the require­ments for the Mas­ter of Social Work degree?

Our Tra­di­tion­al Stand­ing pro­gram, for stu­dents who do not pos­sess a Bach­e­lor of Social Work, con­sists of 64 cred­its (20 cours­es and 2 field practicums). Our Advanced Stand­ing pro­gram, for stu­dents who do pos­sess a Bach­e­lor of Social Work, con­sists of 35 cred­its (11 cours­es and 1 field practicum). Degree require­ments, course plans, and cur­ricu­lum frame­work dif­fer for each. For more infor­ma­tion, please vis­it our Degree Require­ments page.

How many cours­es will I take per term?

To be con­sid­ered full-time, stu­dents must take at least one online course per eight-week ses­sion. There are two 8-week ses­sions per term, and three terms per year (Sum­mer, Fall, and Spring). The online MSW pro­gram offers three terms per year, allow­ing stu­dents to com­plete six to 12 cours­es per year.

Will I be able to choose a spe­cial­iza­tion for my MSW degree?

Yes, the flex­i­bil­i­ty of our MSW pro­gram helps you meet your spe­cif­ic per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al goals with three spe­cial­iza­tions to choose from when design­ing your edu­ca­tion­al course plan: Clin­i­cal Prac­tice, Com­mu­ni­ty Prac­tice, and Inte­grat­ed Clinical/Community Prac­tice. For more infor­ma­tion, please vis­it our Degree Require­ments page.

How many hours should a stu­dent reserve for each class week­ly?

For the best out­comes, it is rec­om­mend­ed that stu­dents reserve approx­i­mate­ly 15–20 hours per week for course­work and study­ing; this will increase when you enter field place­ment. For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion, see the Field Place­ment sec­tion of this FAQ.

Can I com­plete the Mas­ter of Social Work while work­ing full-time?

Although this pro­gram is specif­i­cal­ly designed with the work­ing pro­fes­sion­al in mind, the Mas­ter of Social Work pro­gram requires intern­ships that will take place dur­ing the tra­di­tion­al work week.

Field Placement

How many field place­ments are required?

For Tra­di­tion­al Stand­ing stu­dents, two 560-hour field place­ments (the first com­plet­ed at end of gen­er­al­ist course­work and the sec­ond at the end of spe­cial­ized course­work) are required. For Advanced Stand­ing stu­dents, one 560-hour field place­ment (com­plet­ed at end of advanced course­work) is required. For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion regard­ing field place­ment, please down­load our field plan­ning FAQ.

How many hours will I com­plete dur­ing my field place­ment?

All stu­dents are expect­ed to com­plete 560 hours per field place­ment. This aver­ages 18–20 hours a week. Stu­dents need to be in place­ment for a min­i­mum of 18 hours/week. This includes the 60 minutes/week of field instruc­tion. Stu­dents must attend the organization’s staff meet­ing and plan to be at the site a min­i­mum of 8 hours dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours. For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion regard­ing field place­ment, please down­load our field plan­ning FAQ.

Student Support

What kind of sup­port will I receive as a stu­dent?

Our mot­to is “A suc­cess­ful stu­dent is a sup­port­ed stu­dent.” Upon enter­ing the pro­gram you will be assigned a ded­i­cat­ed Stu­dent Sup­port Spe­cial­ist to pro­vide you with sup­port and to answer any ques­tions you may have.

Your Sup­port Spe­cial­ist is your on-the-ground advo­cate at the Uni­ver­si­ty – from ques­tions on text­books to reg­is­tra­tion to finan­cial aid and more, they are there to help you make your aca­d­e­m­ic jour­ney suc­cess­ful. And of course, this ded­i­cat­ed sup­port is pro­vid­ed in addi­tion to the tremen­dous sup­port you will receive from pro­gram staff, your aca­d­e­m­ic advi­sor, course instruc­tors, and fel­low class­mates.

For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion on stu­dent resources, please vis­it our Stu­dent Sup­port and Resources page.


Is UNE accred­it­ed?

Yes, Uni­ver­si­ty of New Eng­land is accred­it­ed by the New Eng­land Asso­ci­a­tion of Schools and Col­leges. To learn more, please see

Is the Mas­ter of Social Work pro­gram accred­it­ed?

Yes, UNE’s online Mas­ter of Social Work pro­gram is accred­it­ed by the Coun­cil on Social Work Edu­ca­tion (CSWE), which is rec­og­nized by the Coun­cil for High­er Edu­ca­tion Accred­i­ta­tion as the sole accred­it­ing agency for social work edu­ca­tion in the U.S.

What is CSWE accred­i­ta­tion and why is it impor­tant?

The Coun­cil on Social Work Edu­ca­tion (CSWE) is a non­prof­it nation­al asso­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing more than 2,500 indi­vid­ual mem­bers, as well as grad­u­ate and under­grad­u­ate pro­grams of pro­fes­sion­al social work edu­ca­tion. This part­ner­ship of edu­ca­tion­al and pro­fes­sion­al insti­tu­tions, social wel­fare agen­cies, and pri­vate cit­i­zens is rec­og­nized by the Coun­cil for High­er Edu­ca­tion Accred­i­ta­tion as the sole accred­it­ing agency for social work edu­ca­tion in this coun­try.

CSWE’s Com­mis­sion on Accred­i­ta­tion (COA) is respon­si­ble for devel­op­ing accred­i­ta­tion stan­dards that define com­pe­tent prepa­ra­tion and ensur­ing that social work pro­grams meet them. In accor­dance with the require­ments of CSWE’s recog­ni­tion body, the Coun­cil for High­er Edu­ca­tion Accred­i­ta­tion (CHEA), the CSWE Office of Social Work Accred­i­ta­tion (OSWA) admin­is­ters a mul­ti­step accred­i­ta­tion process that involves pro­gram self-stud­ies, site vis­its, and COA reviews.


What is the tuition?

Please vis­it our Tuition and Fees page to learn more about the costs asso­ci­at­ed with our MSW pro­gram.

Can I receive finan­cial aid?

More than 90% of our stu­dents receive some form of finan­cial aid. Please vis­it our finan­cial aid page for more infor­ma­tion.


Which online learn­ing plat­form is used?

This pro­gram uses the Black­board Learn­ing Man­age­ment Sys­tem.

What are the tech­ni­cal require­ments for this pro­gram?

Video capa­bil­i­ty is required for this pro­gram. For a full list of addi­tion­al tech­ni­cal require­ments, please vis­it our Tech­ni­cal Require­ments page

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