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Programs - Graduate Overview

At the University of Maine, we provide the highest quality education for advanced professional social work practice. We are committed to the professional education of Master’s prepared social workers: social workers who are ready to make a difference in our complex and changing society. We provide this education in an atmosphere of individualized learning, respect for individual rights, and a celebration of diversity. The two-year graduate program leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW)
degree was approved by the Board of Trustees in 1987,
and the school was fully accredited as a two-year Graduate School of Social Work by the Council on Social Work Education in 1991 and reaccredited in 2012 (through 2019).  The school currently has an average enrollment of 135 graduate students.

The mission of graduate social work education at the University of Maine is to prepare ethical, competent, effective advanced generalist social workers capable of practicing with a high degree of autonomy and skill in diverse social welfare settings.


Goals of the Master’s of Social Work Program

Consistent with both University and School mission and goals, the goals of the master’s program are:

  1. To educate students to be competent and effective at working across service delivery systems utilizing a strengths-based approach and respecting human diversity.
  2. To prepare competent and effective students for advanced generalist social work practice for the purposes of enhancing human well-being, preventing and alleviating human suffering, and advancing social and economic justice.
  3. To prepare students to work ethically with clients and client systems across the entire life span.
  4. To initiate and promote research and knowledge building activities by faculty and students, for the purpose of improving the quality of social work practice.

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Contact Information

School of Social Work
5770 Social Work Building
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2389 | Fax: (207) 581-2396E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System