UNE MSW Overview
There are two distinct paths of study for students in the University of New England’s Master of Social Work online option. The Traditional Track establishes a foundation for your degree focusing on the history and principles of social work before progressing into the more advanced topics that are presented in the Advanced Standing Track. Some candidates may qualify to enroll directly in the Advanced Standing Track, which builds on the basic social work curriculum by focusing on advanced social work topics, theory, and skills you’ll need to become a successful social worker. When you begin the Advanced Standing Track curriculum you will be required to choose one of two concentrations: Individual, Family and Group Practice (IFG) or Organizational and Community Practice (OCP).
Throughout the comprehensive program, the online Master of Social Work curriculum will cover a wide range of topics relating to social work and human behavior. The practice and profession of social work is covered in detail, including the ethical issues, societal and personal influences, incorporating and utilizing theory into practice, growth strategies, and more. Advanced social work practice is explored in the IFG concentration, including how to work with individuals, families, communities, and other groups. Throughout the OCP concentration, the role and responsibilities of social work administrators and supervisors, professional standards, leadership in social work, and the influence of policy and law will be discussed.
For a more detailed look at the University of New England’s Master of Social Work online option curriculum please view the Traditional Track Overview and the Advanced Standing Track Overview pages on this site. Students who graduate from the program may be qualified for Social Work Licensure in their home state. Contact your state’s Board of Licensure for details.
If you do not have your social work degree or are just starting your career in social work, the Traditional Track is designed for you. Combining the foundational and advanced coursework, this track allows students to expand their knowledge of social issues and set the foundation for social work. Neither a Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) or work experience in the field of social work is required to apply to this program, but it is desirable.
Traditional Track Courses:
- SSW 501 Human Behavior & the Social Environment I (3 credit hours)
- SSW 502 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II (3 credit hours)
- SSW 503 Social Work Research I (3 credit hours)
- SSW 504 Social Work Research II (3 credit hours)
- SSW 505 Social Welfare Policy and Programs I (3 credit hours)
- SSW 506 Social Welfare Policy and Programs II (3 credit hours)
- SSW 510 Social Work Practice I (3 credit hours)
- SSW 511 Social Work Practice II (3 credit hours)
- SSW 520 Field Practicum I/Seminar (4 credit hours, 16 weeks)
- SSW 522 Field Practicum II/Seminar (4 credit hours, 16 weeks)
*Students then follow IFG or OCP curriculum*
The Advanced Standing Track is specifically designed for those individuals who have their Bachelor in Social Work degrees (BSW) within the past seven years. This option picks up where the BSW finishes and offers a more comprehensive view of social work. UNE’s Master of Social Work degree focuses on complex topics such as impact of material disadvantage, social exclusion, adverse childhood experiences, and psychosocial development on families and individuals.
Advanced Track Courses:
- SSW 515 Integrating Micro and Macro Frameworks (2.5 credit hours) – Required for both concentrations
- SSW 525 Introduction to Advanced Practice (2.5 credit hours) – Required for both concentrations
Students will be able to select from two concentrations: Individual, Family and Group Practice (clinical based) or Organization and Community Practice (macro based).
The Individual, Family & Group concentration is specifically designed for those who wish to focus on the clinical side of social work. See curriculum below:
IFG Concentration Courses
- SSW 552 Contemporary Theory of Social Work Practice for Individuals and Families (3 credit hours)
- SSW 553 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (3 credit hours)
- SSW 514 Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
- SSW 580 Field Practicum III/Seminar (4 credit hours, 16 weeks)
- SSW 582 Field Practicum IV/Seminar (4 credit hours, 16 weeks)
- SSW 597 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment (3 credit hours) – OCP students can take this course as an elective
*Students also take 4 electives (3 credit hours each)