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Upcoming MSW Information Meetings

Belfast:  Saturday, November 2, 2013 from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Orono:     Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Orono:     Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Overview: We want future students to know that at the University of Maine School of Social Work, we take pride in students having direct and frequent contact with faculty who know your name and understand your goals. We offer small classes, experiential learning, seminars, and exciting field internships.

Come Learn About Us:  One of the best ways to learn about the UMaine School of Social Work MSW Program is for you to visit the campus, meet faculty, and ask questions about our program.  If you can’t make one of our MSW Information meetings, you can schedule an informational interview, be put in touch with a faculty member or current student, or set-up a time to come by and observe a class.

What is Social Work?  If you want a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance of options, social work is for you!  Social workers are skilled professionals who work to empower individuals, relieve suffering, and affect social change.  They are generalists and specialist who work in a wide variety of settings but apply common core values, principles, and techniques. For sheer variety, few occupations can match social work and the broad range of opportunities and settings it offers.  Social workers work in mental health and healthcare, in child welfare and aging, in management and in clinical settings.  They work in hospitals, schools businesses, public agencies, police departments, private practices, and many other interesting workplaces.  They are mangers, therapists, community organizers, educators, and researchers.  They are on the front lines and behind the scenes.  They are in large cities and in small communities.  Wherever people are, social workers are.  (From:  National Association of Social Workers (2006). Choices: Careers in Social Work. Pg 2-3

Social work is a distinctive profession that shares a commitment not only to work with individuals, families and small groups but also a commitment to institutional and societal change. As a profession, social workers maintain a primary commitment to disadvantaged, vulnerable, and economically deprived persons in our society. Social workers help people in dealing with relationships, solving problems and coping with the many social and environmental concerns which affect and control daily life. Historically, social workers led the fight for child labor laws, voting rights for women, and other progressive milestones. Social workers share a common set of professional values and ethics, and common set of basic or generic skills that enable them to work with diverse populations and fill diverse roles in a variety of settings.

How do I know if I’m suited to being a social worker? Only you can truly make the decision about whether you have what it takes to be a social worker and whether it is something you want to do. The social work profession is suited to people who are flexible, socially and politically aware, self-motivated, eager to learn over a life time, desirous of personal growth, altruistic, comfortable with ambiguity, and interested in changing social conditions that are adverse to healthy human development, self-determination and social justice.

Transfer Students: We welcome transfer students to the MSW Program. Applicants who have completed some coursework in another CSWE accredited MSW program within the past five years may request a review of that coursework for possible equivalency or elective credit. Students who wish to transfer more than six (6) credit hours should make a written request to the MSW Program Coordinator. The MSW Program Coordinator will review the transfer request, examine pertinent course syllabi, make a determination of transfer credits, and submit a formal request to the Graduate School for transfer of credits. Applicants who have completed coursework within a non-CSWE accredited MSW program or within another discipline (e.g. counseling, psychology, etc.) may provide a written request to the MSW Program Coordinator for transfer of up to six credits as electives. Students must receive a B or better for any course in which they request transfer credit.

Advanced Standing: Students with BSW degrees from undergraduate social work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may be eligible for advanced standing status upon meeting general eligibility requirements and submitting additional materials from their undergraduate program director. To be eligible for advanced standing students must have completed their BSW degree program within six years of application to the MSW program.

Prior Work and Life Experience:  As part of the Council on Social Work Education accreditation standards, in no case can credit be given for prior work or life experience.

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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
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