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Social Work, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Orono, ME, United States| Online
The University of Maine School of Social Work educates social workers from a generalist perspective of social work practice. Our MSW curriculum has been developed to both reflect and promote the advances in contemporary advanced social work practice. 
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Our curriculum is designed to enable our graduates to undertake diverse and complex social problems and apply multi-level assessment, intervention, and evaluation strategies to the problems of persons in their environment. For example, students who work with older adults should be able to assess the differential psychosocial needs of physically healthy and frail elders, utilize diverse strategies to engage and support family caregivers, and communicate and advocate effectively with legislators, other healthcare practitioners, and community agencies for improved services for elders. 

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • MSW Advanced Standing Bridging Course-Social Welfare Policy
  • MSW Advanced Standing Bridging Course-Social Work Practice
  • MSW Advanced Standing Bridging Course-Social Work Research
  • MSW Advanced Standing Bridging Course-Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Welfare Policy and Issues for Generalist Practitioners
  • Human Behavior and The Social Environment I
  • Practice in Generalist Social Work I
  • Practice in Generalist Social Work II
  • Trauma: Theory, Assessment and Treatment
  • Group Strategies in Health/Mental Health Settings
  • Adult and Child Psychopathology
  • Introduction to Mediation
  • Social Work Research I
  • Field Practicum in Social Work
  • Advanced Topics in Social Work
  • Advanced Integrative Professional Seminar
  • Issues in Social Welfare Policy for Advanced Generalist Practitioners
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    January 16 recommended, then rolling if space is available

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • A completed online application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript of all previous college or university work
  • Official test scores
  • A $65 application fee
  • Certificate of Finances
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores
  • A copy of passport or visa

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1430 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1430 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1430 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1430 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    439 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 439 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Orono

  • 1216 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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