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At the University of Maine School of Social Work, we prepare proficient and ethical social work professionals committed to social change in a variety of organizations, specializations, and professional roles. Our graduates go on to serve as social work clinicians, program planners, administrators, and community change agents in a wide range of public and private settings and systems. The mission of our school is to improve the quality of life for all people by promoting excellence in social work practice. We offer BSW and MSW programs, full- and part-time options, and courses at the University of Maine campus in Orono, at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, and other satellite locations in Maine. Our students have the opportunity to engage in field placements throughout the state and region. As a member of our diverse and dedicated community of students, faculty, field instructors, and alumni, you will transform your commitment to improving the quality of life for people into professional knowledge and skills. You will be poised for a successful and personally rewarding career promoting social change by providing services to individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations

Announcement: Online MSW Program to begin September 2015

As part of a new initiative, the University of Maine School of Social Work will be adding an online program to our MSW offerings starting next year.  The addition of this format is designed to extend access to affordable, fully accredited graduate Social Work education that provides students with a well-integrated academic and practical education.  Students in the online program will enjoy courses taught by the same faculty who teach in the other MSW formats offered by our flagship university.  Using state-of-the-art learning management systems, students will engage in most classes without the need to be online at a particular day or time.  These asynchronous classes will be supplemented by a few real-time courses for learning that requires live interaction with other students from their home or workplace via the use of face-to-face technology.  The field practicum may be completed at qualifying organizations geographically convenient to students.  Applications are now being accepted for the regular e-year online program.  Students in the 3-year sequence will begin September 2015.  Advanced standing students will be admitted for the summer of 2016.  We will begin reviewing applications on February 15, 2015.

For more information  Graduate Programs

Latest News

Student Social Work Organization members participate in the “Out of Darkness Walk”

Student Social Work Organization members participated in the “Out of Darkness Walk” on October 5th.  The “Out of Darkness Walk”, coordinated by the UMaine Counseling Center, benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Janice Grant (BSW ’04; MSW ‘ 10; IPh.D. candidate), Graduate Assistant for the Counseling Center’s Touchstone Project recruited social work students for this important community event.



Dr. Sandy Butler’s Research Cited in the Washington Post

Dr. Sandy Butler’s important research on the impact of a 2012 decision by Maine legislators to discontinue extended TANF benefits was quoted in a recent article in the Washington Post, Why Temporary Assistance May Not Be Enough for the Neediest of Families. 

To read more: Why Temporary Assistance May Not Be Enough


Human Trafficking in Maine

Special guest lecture on Thursday, September 18 at Wells Commons at the University of Maine (9:30 am to 12:00 noon). Human trafficking is an emerging issue in Maine.  The University of Maine School of Social Work invites you to attend a special presentation regarding sex and labor trafficking issues impacting our region of the state.  Guest speakers include:  Jeff stilling, Resident in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations and Alexandra Turallo, Coordinator, Penquis Sex Trafficking Action Response Team.


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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