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See cohort descriptions listed under program requirements 63 credits/46 credits (advanced standing) $439/cr. in-state and $549/cr. out-of-state* May submit applications until January 14, 2019 for Fall 2019. None

*NOTE: This program is only open to residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The special E-Tuition Rate of $549/cr. applies to out-of-state students enrolled in a fully online degree or certificate program.

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Program Requirements

The Regular Online and Online-Hybrid MSW Program consists of 63 semester credit hours. (Must be completed in three years). The MSW will be offered in several formats, in addition to the traditional on-campus format, over the next five years.

Fall 2019: Online/Hybrid cohort with two Saturday meetings per course/term at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

The Advanced Standing Online MSW Program consists of 46 credit hours and is completed over two years. You must be a recent BSW graduate from an accredited institution to be eligible for advanced standing. Advanced Standing Online MSW students begin their coursework during the summer with 6 credits of online MSW Advanced Standing Bridge Courses. The Advanced Standing students enroll in the advanced year classes after completion of the Summer Bridge classes.

Foundation Level

Fall Semester –First Semester

  • SWK 550: Human behavior & the social environment I (3 cr.)
  • SWK 540: Social welfare policy and issues for generalist practitioners (3 cr.)

Spring Semester- Second Semester

  • SWK 650: Human behavior and the social environment II (3 cr.)
  • SWK 580: Adult & Child Psychopatholgy (3 cr.) OR other elective (3 cr.)
Summer Semester – Third Semester
  • SWK 595: MSW field practicum in social work (4 cr.)
  • SWK 560: Practice in generalist social work I (3 cr.)

Fall Semester – Fourth Semester

  • SWK 563: Practice in generalist social work II (3 cr.)
  • SWK 595: MSW field practicum in social work (4 cr.)
  • SWK 691: Advanced Social Work Research I (3 cr.)

Advanced Level

Spring Semester – Fifth Semester

  • SWK 640: Advanced social policy
  • SWK 692: Advanced Social work research II (3 cr.)

Summer Semester – Sixth Semester

  • Elective 3 credits
  • SWK 661: Advanced generalist social work practice I with individuals (3 cr.)

Fall Semester – Seventh Semester

  • SWK 665: Adv. gen. social work practice II with communities and organizations (3 cr.)
  • SWK 695: Advanced field practicum in social work (5 cr.)
  • Elective 3 credits

Spring -Eighth Semester

  • SWK 664: Adv. gen. social work practice III with families and small groups (3 cr.)
  • SWK 600: Advanced professional integrative seminar (3 cr.)
  • SWK 695: Advanced field practicum in social work (5 cr.)


Note: SWK 695 may be taken as a summer block placement after the eighth semester in consultation with the MSW Coordinator.

Elective: Students must complete three (3) electives. Electives may be taken in any semester.

Course Descriptions

General Overview Master of Social Work (MSW)

At the University of Maine School of Social Work, we prepare proficient and ethical social work professionals committed to social change in a variety of organizations, specializations, and professional roles. Beginning in 1991, the MSW Program has received continuous accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education and was reaccredited in 2012. Our graduates go on to serve as social work clinicians, program planners, administrators, and community change agents in a wide range of public and private settings and systems. As a member of our diverse and dedicated community of students, faculty, field instructors, and alumni, you will transform your commitment to improving the quality of life for people into professional knowledge and skills. You will be poised for a successful and personally rewarding career promoting social change by providing services to individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations.

The University of Maine MSW program prepares students to qualify for social work licensure at the LMSW level (Licensed Master Social Worker) upon graduation. University of Maine graduates who complete specific clinical social work courses and appropriate supervised work experience in a clinical setting for at least two years following graduation are eligible to apply for licensure at the LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) level.

Students in the online program will enjoy courses taught by the same faculty who teach in the other MSW formats offered by our flagship university.  Using state-of-the-art learning management systems, students will engage in the majority of classes without the need to be online at a particular day or time.  These asynchronous classes will be supplemented by the field seminars that requires live interaction with other students from their home or workplace via the use of face-to-face technology.  Field seminars will be scheduled after regular work hours. The field internship may be completed at qualifying organizations geographically convenient to students.  Applications are now being accepted for the regular three-year online program.  Students in the three-year sequence will begin September 2019.  Advanced standing students will be admitted for the summer of 2019.  We will begin reviewing applications in March and continue to admit qualified students through revolving admissions.

For more detailed information see the School of Social Work website.

Want to learn more about our MSW program? Watch a virtual info session (Recorded on June 2, 2016).

What can I do with a Master of Social Work (MSW)?

According to the US Department of Labor, the projected outlook for overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 16% from 2016 to 2026. US News and World Report ranks Clinical Social Work as #5 in Best Social Services Jobs.

A Masters Degree is usually required for social work in health care. Health care social workers typically work in hospitals in a range of fields: Oncology, pediatrics and mental illness areas to name a few. Healthcare social workers help people through difficult diagnoses, help with resources and sometimes diagnose or treat concurrent mental conditions. In any clinical setting you will be required to hold a Master’s Degree.

Substance Abuse social workers can work in a variety of areas including rehabilitation facilities, private practice, prisons, and juvenile detention centers. As the legal system places more emphasis on recovery and rehabilitation, jobs in this field are expected to grow.

Graduates from the Masters Degree Program in Social Work can also become nursing home directors, professors at universities, psychiatric crisis screeners and hospice workers. Some graduates work directly with communities to lead policy or advocacy organizations. These employers include Local, state and federal government agencies, development corporations, community action agencies and neighborhood and community centers.

There are also international opportunities for those holders of a MSW. Organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations and its International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross employ social workers in their rural and urban projects in several capacities including social development, international adoption, community organization and post-traumatic stress.


The University of Maine School of Social work faculty, both full and part time come from a range of diverse backgrounds to provide students with education and expertise in several areas of social work.

Full-Time Faculty

Social work faculty at the University of Maine have a wealth of academic specializations which add to the strength of the generalist perspective of social work to which the school is committed. In addition to their research and teaching, faculty are effectively engaged in both professional and public service activities at the local community level, state-wide, nationally, and internationally. This active involvement by faculty ensures that students receive an education which is both current and practical.

Part-Time Faculty

The adjunct social work faculty at the University of Maine bring to the classroom a wealth of practice experience from numerous specializations which add to the strength of the generalist perspective of social work to which the school is committed. Our adjunct faculty are leaders in every area of social work practice and bring to the classroom a unique combination of practice and theoretical wisdom.


All applicants will submit the following materials:

  1. University of Maine Graduate School Application.
  2. Official Transcripts: The School of Social Work’s Graduate admission committee requests applicants to provide transcripts from all institutions at which they have taken classes. However if you have taken classes at one of the University of Maine System campuses, the UMaine Graduate School will provide your undergraduate transcripts to the School of Social Work. If you have transcripts from institutions outside the University of Maine System campuses you will need to have official transcripts sent to the Graduate School.
  3. MSW Admissions Essay Guidelines: Please disregard the general essay guidelines described in the UMaine Graduate Application. Instead, MSW applicants should complete the admissions essay using the School of Social Work guidelines.

Questions about the application process? Please contact:

  • Lynne Gamperle, Administrative Specialist for Student Services School of Social Work, Rm. 112 The University of Maine 5770 Social Work Building Orono, ME 04469-5770

What students have to say about the Master of Social Work

photo of Rachel Buck“I chose the Online Hybrid MSW program because, as a full-time wife, mother, and alternative ed teacher, I need the flexibility of working on assignments when my schedule allows. I also knew I wanted the face-to-face contact the two Saturdays per semester offered. Because we’re a cohort, we’ve gotten to know each other personally and look forward to connecting both in online discussions and in person. As with any graduate program, we’ve formed study groups, met each other’s family, and developed relationships that will last far beyond graduation. And, because this is a University of Maine degree, we are getting a top notch education. I am so thankful the Online Hybrid MSW program exists so I can pursue my career goals without needing to put my life on hold while I go to graduate school.” – Rachel Buck


“Graduate school can definitely be challenging at times, as can raising two young children. With the
online option for the Master’s in Social Work program, I am able to take my classes when and where I want, while being there for my wife and children. It has given me the freedom I have needed in the program I am interested in. Hopefully in the future, more online programs will be available for families and non-traditional students, so that UMaine can help every individual achieve their academic goals. Thank you for this great opportunity.” – Philip Gibson

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