Social Work

The University of Maine

24 months
1503 USD/credit
1503 USD/credit
461 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Social Work program of The University of Maine 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.


The curriculum of the Social Work program of The University of Maine 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. 

In another example, graduates employed in community mental health agencies as clinical social workers need to have advanced skills in evidence-based mental health practice models and approaches for effective work with individuals, families, and small groups as well as understand how changes in healthcare policy impact clients’ access to mental health services, and be able to advocate for repeal of regressive policies with legislators and other key stakeholders. 

Our advanced generalist curriculum is designed to prepare University of Maine MSW students to meet the complex needs of our rural state with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to address interdependent “personal troubles and public issues” concurrently. The curriculum consists of foundation and specialized year courses, field practicum, and electives.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Welfare Policy and Issues for Generalist Practitioners
  • Human Behavior and The Social Environment
  • Practice in Generalist Social Work
  • Group Strategies in Health/Mental Health Settings
  • Advanced Topics in Social Work
  • Issues in Social Welfare Policy for Advanced Generalist Practitioners

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




63 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of B or better (3.0 on a 4-point scale) on undergraduate or graduate course work
  • An undergraduate record that reflects a liberal arts perspective as demonstrated by the successful completion of a minimum of at least four courses in the social and behavioral sciences
  • A grade of “C” or better in an introductory statistics or research methods course in any undergraduate department or a plan to complete this prerequisite within the first semester of graduate study
  • Evidence of critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate effectively in writing, as reflected in the application documents
  • Evidence that the applicant possesses the personal qualities and aptitudes essential for the social work profession
  • The applicant must possess a capacity to develop positive interpersonal relationships
  • Experience in social welfare or human services

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1503 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1503 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1503 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1503 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    461 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 461 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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Social Work
The University of Maine