University of New England (UNE) Online MSW Program

The University of New England’s (UNE) School of Social Work offers an online Master of Social Work (MSW) program that is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the only organization that accredits MSW programs in the United States. The online MSW program has tracks for both traditional standing students and advanced standing students (those who have completed a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE accredited undergraduate program).

The online MSW program at UNE has courses that are 100% online (no campus visits are required) and the majority of instruction is asynchronous.

For field education at UNE, students have an active role in choosing their own field placements; they are not matched to an agency as is the case for some other online MSW programs. This helps to ensure that students find the best-fit for them in terms of both an agency and a field instructor. This is advantageous for students who would prefer to complete their field education in a specific type of agency and/or in a particular location (for example close to public transportation). To help with the process, students work with a field planner, who is a full-time field education faculty member at UNE.

UNE’s online MSW programs are regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


University of New England (UNE) Online MSW Programs: Overview

Department: Westbrook College of Health Professions

Degree Types: Traditional and Advanced Standing

Program Structure: Online with field placements (no campus visits or residency requirements)

Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model with a set plan of study – instruction is asynchronous and there are no set times students have to login to attend live classes

Program Information – Traditional Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Social Work
  • Phone Number: (877) 863-6791

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 1,120 hours (two 560 hour placements)
  • Number of Credits Required: 64 credits

Program Length

  • Program Length: Part-time - Over three years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, spring, and summer

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 recommended
  • GRE Information: Not required

Program Information – Advanced Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Social Work
  • Phone Number: (877) 863-6791

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 560 hours
  • Number of Credits Required: 35 credits

Program Length

  • Program Length: 16 months or more
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, spring and summer

Admission Requirements

  • BSW Requirement: Students must have graduate from a CSWE accredited BSW program within the last seven years and have significant work experience in the human services field
  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 recommended and equivalent coursework to UNE’s foundation courses
  • GRE Information: Not required

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University of New England's MSW program information was last updated in March 2020. For more information, visit the university's website above.

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