Delve into the world of Master of Social Work (MSW) programs in Maine, where a rich tapestry of academic offerings and professional opportunities awaits. From navigating program admissions to selecting the right fit for your career goals, this guide will illuminate the path to becoming a licensed social worker in Maine’s scenic and community-focused state.

MSW Degree Program Requirements/Eligibility in Maine

Maine Traditional MSW Admissions Requirements

If you have a bachelor’s degree in another subject other than social work, you’ll need to enroll in a two-year traditional MSW program. Traditional MSW programs usually require around 60 credits. To start applying, make sure that you have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree, typically in psychology or a related area, from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA requirement (typically around 3.0)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement or essay
  • Resume or CV outlining relevant experience
  • Completion of prerequisite courses (such as psychology, sociology, or human services)
  • GRE scores (some programs may waive this requirement)
  • Interview (some programs may require an interview as part of the application process)
  • Background check and/or fingerprinting

Maine Advanced-Standing MSW Admissions Requirements

If you have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and a GPA of 3.5 or higher, check out advanced-standing MSW programs. Enrolling as an advanced-standing MSW student allows you to complete your studies by fulfilling 35 credits and graduating within one year. Check out these advanced-standing MSW programs in Maine:

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Maine MSW Program Tuition and Costs

Maine’s MSW programs offer a range of tuition costs. The most affordable options are reserved for Maine residents at $445 a credit; however, nonresidents can find affordable online options at $494 a credit. Take a look at these examples to get a good idea of how much you’ll be spending on MSW programs in Maine.

SchoolTuition (per credit hour)Total CreditsTotal Tuition
University of Maine$616 (Residents)
$1,854 (Non-residents)
63$38,952 (Residents)
$116,856 (Non-residents)
University of Southern Maine$445 (Resident)
$1,350 (Non-resident)
$460-494 (Online)
61$27,145 (Resident)
$82,350 (Non-resident)
$28,060-30,134 (Online)
University of New England$1,050 (Online)60$63,000 (Online)

Are Online MSW Programs in Maine as Good as Campus-Based?

Online MSW programs are a great way to cut costs and balance studies, work, and personal time. However, for some, online programs lack academic resources and have limited learning options. Take a look at these important differences between online and traditional MSW programs.

Traditional MSW vs. Online MSW Programs in Maine

Traditional MSW ProgramsOnline MSW Programs
FormatIn-person classesOnline classes with some in-person requirements
FlexibilityLimited scheduling optionsMore flexibility in scheduling, often part-time options
LocationGeographically limitedAccessible from anywhere with internet connectivity
Learning EnvironmentClassroom-basedVirtual classroom, discussion boards, and online resources
NetworkingLocal networking opportunitiesNetworking with students and professionals from diverse locations
CostTuition, commuting, and relocation expensesGenerally lower tuition and flexibility to continue working
Hands-on ExperienceField placements and internshipsVirtual or field placements and internships arranged in the student's local area

In your research, remember that to get licensed as a social worker, your program must be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Look for the CSWE logo on University websites where MSW programs are offered.

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Getting Your Maine Social Work License

Maine, like other states, has specific requirements for social work graduates to become licensed. Learn about Maine’s requirements in our Social Work Licensure Guide.

Popular Social Work Careers

Discover the specializations available to you within social work. These social work careers can help you work with diverse populations in a variety of environments.

Female social worker talking with elderly female woman

School Social Worker

School social workers provide counseling, support, and advocacy for students facing social, emotional, or behavioral challenges. They collaborate with teachers, parents, and other professionals to develop student success strategies, provide crisis intervention, and facilitate support groups.

Healthcare Social Worker

Healthcare social workers assess patients' social, emotional, and practical needs. They provide counseling and support, coordinate care with healthcare providers, advocate for patients' rights, and connect patients and their families with community resources to ensure holistic and comprehensive care.

Court Social Worker

Court social workers assess the needs of individuals involved in court cases. They develop intervention plans, provide counseling and support, monitor progress in court-ordered programs, collaborate with legal professionals, and advocate for clients' best interests in legal proceedings.

List of MSW Degree Programs in Maine

Orono, ME

Master's Programs
168 College Avenue
Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-1865

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Tara Moretti, LMHC
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