Master's in Social Work Online, CSWE Accredited

Change Begins With You. Social Work Begins at UNE.

The University of New England offers a Master’s in Social Work for those who want to make a difference. Some of the program highlights include:

  • CSWE accredited
  • Full-time or part-time options available
  • 100% online, no campus visits required
  • Asynchronous courses with no set log-in times
  • U.S. News & World Report recognized as one of the “Best Universities in the North”
  • Clinical and macro concentrations available
  • Two tracks available:
    • Traditional Track (no social work education or experience required)
    • Advanced Standing Track (for those who have a BSW)

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University of New England’s Online MSW Program

Offered by the School of Social Work at the University of New England, the Master of Social Work online option is open to students from a variety of educational backgrounds. The program embraces a vision of creating sustainable, equitable, and diverse communities committed to universal human rights, and social and economic justice.

Social work is a profession dedicated to enhancing the quality of life, the pursuit of social justice, and helping a wide range of individuals to reach their full potential. Social workers are compassionate and understanding promoters of human dignity, diversity, and self-determination in the battle against exploitation, addiction, violence, and oppression. The Master of Social Work online option at UNE proudly represents these ideals by providing students with the knowledge they’ll need to make a difference in their own lives, and in the lives of those around them.

Hear from UNE's faculty on why the program is so unique.

Hear from UNE’s faculty as they discuss what makes the Online MSW program so unique.

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.

Traditional Track

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 595 Capstone I (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*

Advanced Standing

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:

  • Intro to Capstone (non-credit required course)
  • SSW 695 Capstone II

Students will be able to select from two concentrations: Individual, Family and Group Practice (clinical based) or Organization and Community Practice (macro based).


Clinical Practice

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 695 Capstone II (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)

Community Practice

The Organization & Community Practice concentration is designed for future social workers who want to influence social work policies and procedures that shape laws. See curriculum below:

OCP Concentration Courses

  • SSW 695 Capstone II (3 credit hours)
  • SSW 564 Program Development and Community Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SSW 565 Administration and Supervision (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)

*Students also take 5 electives (3 credit hours each) – SSW 597 can be taken as an elective

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I think one of the most important things to highlight is that we offer an incredibly high quality academic program.We really like to train social workers not just for the practice world that they encounter today, but the practice world that they must grow into as they leave our program, and as the practice world itself evolves. So, teaching critical thinking is very important to us because we expect our social workers and our graduates to be on the front lines of shaping practice, and the practice world of tomorrow.So, our students get a high rigorous quality education where we encourage them to think about both the really broad issues confronting the social practice today and the small issues right down to the individual clients and how those needs can best get met. I think the other thing that is really important about our program is that we ask our students to become partners with us in thinking about how do we create a socially just society. And that’s a wonderful opportunity and responsibility and I think it’s that partnership that sets us apart.

Meet Our Award-Winning Social Work Faculty

The Master's in Social Work program at the University of New England is committed to helping improve social work policy and practice on a micro and macro level. The renowned faculty at UNE provides a diverse portfolio or social work education. Hear from some of the faculty now and see how their experience is translated into each course.

Hear from Mary White Hear from Leslie Yaffa Hear from Betsey Gray Hear from Thomas McLaughlin, Director of Online Education Listen to Cyndi Amato, Assistant Director of Online Education Hear from Dr. Danielle Wozniak, MSW, ACSW, PhD
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    Mary White

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  • Hear from Leslie Yaffa, M.S.W.Hear from Leslie Yaffa, M.S.W.

    Leslie Yaffa

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  • Hear from field expert, Betsey Gray, M.S.W.Hear from field expert, Betsey Gray, M.S.W.

    Betsey Gray

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  • Hear from Thomas McLaughlin, M.S.W.Hear from Thomas McLaughlin, M.S.W.

    Thomas McLaughlin

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  • Hear from Cyndi Amato, M.S.W., Associate Director of Online EducationHear from Cyndi Amato, M.S.W., Associate Director of Online Education

    Cyndi Amato

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Coursework on Today’s Social Work Themes

The MSW online degree program prepares individuals with a strong curriculum that aims to prepare tomorrow’s social workers. With each course grounded in the CSWE-approved coursework, the faculty at UNE offers a curriculum that focuses on social justice, human dignity, and health as a human right. Some popular courses include:

Understand the Field Planning ProcessUnderstand the Field Planning Process

Field Planning

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All about your Field PracticumAll about your Field Practicum

Field Practicum

Take note of Wanda Anderson’s view on Field Experience and how the MSW online program integrates this important part of becoming an MSW.

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Hear from Nancy Shore as she discusses HBSEHear from Nancy Shore as she discusses HBSE

Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Hear from Nancy Shore as she explains this foundational social work course.

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Understand social work and the lawUnderstand social work and the law

Social Work and the Law

Hear from Amy Storch on how this course is an important part of the online MSW program.

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Analyze past social policy and programsAnalyze past social policy and programs

Social Welfare Policy and Programs

Analyze past social work policy and program and see how these shape social work.

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Understand Advanced Psychosocial AssessmentUnderstand Advanced Psychosocial Assessment

Advanced Psychosocial Assessment

Hear from David Prichard as he discusses the main objectives of the class and how it is relevant in social work today.

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Online MSW Student Testimonials

The University of New England has educated more Maine students in health professions than any other institution in the state. Since the start of the program in 2008, the online MSW curriculum is offered to students in all 50 states and internationally. Listen to some recent graduates of the program and hear how the online MSW program has impacted their lives.

Jean Selby, Online MSW GraduateJean Selby, Online MSW Graduate

Jean Selby

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Tiffany Gleason, Online MSW GraduateTiffany Gleason, Online MSW Graduate

Tiffany Gleason

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Carolyn Heron, Online MSW GraduateCarolyn Heron, Online MSW Graduate

Carolyn Heron

Hear from 2014 graduate Carolyn Heron explain why she pursued an msw degree from UNE.

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Anne Hodges, Online MSW GraduateAnne Hodges, Online MSW Graduate

Anne Hodges

Listen as graduate Anne Hodges talks about the flexible online format and how social workers are a necessity to advocate for change.

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Quimani Green, Online MSW GraduateQuimani Green, Online MSW Graduate

Quimani Green

Quimani Green, UNE MSW graduate, talks about her experience with online learning and her field placement.

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Sharita Dunlap, Online MSW GraduateSharita Dunlap, Online MSW Graduate

Sharita Dunlap

After completing UNE’s Online MSW program, hear how Sharita Dunlap is using her degree to make a difference in her community.

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