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Available 100% online Credit Hours Tuition Application Deadline Test Requirements
See cohort descriptions listed under program requirements 63 credits/46 credits (advanced standing) $418/cr. in-state and $523/cr. out-of-state* February 1 recommended, then rolling if space is available (Fall only) None

*NOTE: This program is only open to residents of Maine, Vermont, and the Canadian Maritimes.

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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 2016: Online/Hybrid cohort w/two Saturday meetings per course/ per term at the Hutchinson Center (PROGRAM FULL)
Fall 2017: Weekend Cohort (Video Conference between the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Presque Isle, and Machias)
Fall 2018: Fully Online
Fall 2019: Weekend Cohort at the Hutchinson Center (and one to two other locations, TBD)
Fall 2020: Fully Online

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

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 19% from 2012 to 2022. US News and World Report ranks Clinical Social Work as #31 in Best Health Care 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.

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 2015.  Advanced standing students will be admitted for the summer of 2016.  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.


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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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