Concentration Options

The Online Master’s of Social Work Program at the University of New England is proud to offer three distinct concentrations for students interested in making a difference in other’s lives. Whether students are interested in working with individuals, families and groups or their interest lies in policy creation and implementation, our online MSW program works for everyone. UNE’s mission is to provide students with a highly integrated learning experience through collaboration and innovation. These concentrations will prepare students for real-world experiences while promoting experiential learning, critical thinking and lifelong service to community.

Clinical Practice

The Clinical Practice concentration prepares students with knowledge and skills for advanced practice primarily focused on individuals, families and groups in multiple settings. Students should be prepared to take courses like Contemporary Theory of Social Work Practice for Individuals and FamiliesAdvanced Social Work Practice with Families and Advanced Psychosocial Assessment

Courses within the Clinical Practice concentration equip students for future careers in:

  • School Social Work
  • Psychiatric Crisis Assessment & Care
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Geriatric Social Work
  • Military and Veteran Social Work
  • Forensic Social Work
  • Public Health Social Work
  • Child & Adult Protection and Investigation
  • Adoption and Foster Care
  • Community Practice


Community Practice

The Community Practice concentration provides students with knowledge and skills in an array of advanced practice roles in the areas of program and policy development, administration, supervision, political advocacy, community practice and evaluation. Students enrolled in the Community Practice concentration will take courses like Program Development and Community PracticeAdministration and Supervision and Grant Research & Proposal Writing.

Students taking courses in the Community Practice concentration can focus on career paths such as:

  • Administration and Supervision
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Private Practice
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Education
  • Public Policy
  • Advocacy
  • Grant Research & Writing
  • Community Organization & Building
  • Political Lobbying


Integrated Clinical/Community Practice

The Integrated Concentration combines the core curriculum of both the Clinical and Community Practice Concentrations. This concentration equips future social workers to work in both group settings as well as community development and program development. Students will take classes offered in both the Clinical Practice and the Community Practice tracks.

Through the Integrated Practice concentration, students are exposed to both Clinical and Community Practice courses. These courses will help students excel at careers in many fields, like:

  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Human Services
  • Policy Analysis
  • Program Development
  • Community Education
  • Community Outreach
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Social Policy Education

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