Change Begins With You. Social Work Begins at UNE.

The University of New England offers an Online MSW program 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
  • US 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.

  • UNE MSW Overview
  • Traditional Track
  • Advanced Standing
  • Clinical Concentration
  • Macro Concentration

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 Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) or work experience in the field of social work is required to apply to this program, however, 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*

Advanced Standing

The Advanced Standing Track is specifically designed for those individuals who have their Bachelor in Social Work degrees (BSW) within the last 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).


Clinical Concentration

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)

Macro Concentration

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 514 Program Evaluation (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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Meet Our Award Winning Social Work Faculty

The Masters in Social Work Online 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.

  • Mary White

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  • Leslie Yaffa

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  • Betsey Gray

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  • Thomas McLaughlin

    Hear from Director of Online Education and professor, Thomas McLaughlin, as he discusses his homelessness research and the courses offered with UNE’s MSW online degree program.

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  • 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:

  • Field Planning

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  • 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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  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment

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

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  • 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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  • Social Welfare Policy and Programs

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

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  • 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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Social Work Webinars

  • Careers in Social Work

    Discover the vast spectrum of social work jobs available and see how the Masters in Social Work degree is a necessary degree.

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  • Cost of Homelessness

    Hear from Dr. Thomas Chalmers McLaughlin as he researches homelessness and reveals its impact on society.

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  • Intimate Partner Violence

    Listen as Amy Coha discusses the reality of physical, sexual, psychological, and financial tactics to gain and maintain power and control over a partner.

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