Online MSW Programs in Maine (ME)

The University of New England, based in Biddeford, Maine, currently has the only school of social work with a campus in the state and a fully online MSW program. Instruction for the program is primarily delivered asynchronously, which is ideal for working professionals who may not be able to attend weekly online classes held in real time, and it follows the standard cohort model with a set plan of study. In addition to the online coursework, students must complete field education requirements at a local health services agency.

Please note: All online MSW programs require students to complete field education at a local health services agency.

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The University of New England’s School of Social Work offers traditional and advanced standing tracks, as well as a concentration in Integrated Clinical Practice Specialization. The traditional track is 64 credits and requires two practicums of 560 hours each. It is part time only, typically completed in over three years. The advanced standing track is only 35 credits and requires a total of 560 hours of field education. It is a 16 month program.

In addition to The University of New England, students residing in Maine have several out-of-state online MSW options to choose from. There are dozens of out-of-state universities with online MSW programs that accept students in Maine, and the majority of these are fully online, meaning students are not required to visit campus while earning their degrees. Some of the programs do necessitate a limited number of visits, and these may be the ideal medium for students who want the flexibility of an online program yet would still prefer to meet their professors and classmates in person.

Several out-of-state online MSW programs also have the same tuition rate for in-state and out-of-state students, so aspiring social workers in Maine would be wise to research as many options as possible. To learn more about a particular program, click on the school’s name below.

Colleges in Maine with Online MSW Programs

Colleges in Maine with Online MSW Programs
SCHOOL NAME STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM PROGRAM OPTIONS
University of New England 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (PT)

 

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Maine

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Maine
University Name Program Structure Program Options
Adelphi University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
Arizona State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Baylor University
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Boise State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Boston University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
California State University, Northridge 100% Online Traditional FT
California State University, San Bernardino Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT
Campbellsville University 100% Online Traditional FT, Advanced FT & PT
Capella University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Case Western Reserve University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Columbia University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced PT
Delaware State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Edinboro University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Florida State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Fordham University
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George Mason University 100% Online Traditional PT
Humboldt State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
Indiana University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Louisiana State University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced FT
Loyola University Chicago 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Metropolitan State University of Denver 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
New Mexico State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Ohio State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Ohio University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Our Lady of the Lake University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Portland State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT, Advanced FT
Rutgers University 100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced FT
Samford University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
San Jose State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT
Simmons University
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Syracuse University
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100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced FT & PT
Temple University 100% Online Traditional PT
Texas State University - San Marcos 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
The Catholic University of America 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Tulane University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced FT
University at Buffalo (SUNY) 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Arkansas 100% Online Advanced FT
University of Central Florida 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Denver
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University of Georgia 100% Online Traditional PT
University of Houston 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Kentucky 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
University of Louisville 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Nevada, Reno 100% Online Traditional 8 Semesters, Advanced 4 Semesters
University of New England (UNE) 100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced Accelerated & PT
University of New Hampshire 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
University of North Dakota Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
University of South Florida 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Tennessee at Knoxville 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley 100% Online Advanced FT
West Virginia University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Western New Mexico University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Winthrop University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Yeshiva University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT

All online MSW programs require field education at a local health services agency. Programs that are 100% online do not require students to visit the campus during the program.

How to Become a Social Worker in Maine

The Maine State Board of Social Work Licensure issues three types of social work license: Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Below are some common steps to become a social worker in Maine, which you should confirm with Maine’s board of social workers. Information regarding licensure in Maine was last retrieved in August 2020.

Pathway to Become an LSW in Maine

Pathway to Become an LCSW in Maine

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Following graduation, complete hours on your MSW concentration:
    • For those with MSW degrees with clinical concentrations: 96 hours of consultation within 3,200 hours of social work employment, with at least 72 being individual, face-to-face consultation hours
    • For those with MSW degrees without clinical concentrations: 192 hours of consultation within 6,400 hours of social work employment, with at least 144 being individual, face-to-face consultation hours
  • Pass the Clinical Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Maine State Board of Social Work Licensure.

Pathway to Become an LMSW in Maine

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pass the Masters Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Maine State Board of Social Work Licensure.

For more detailed information on becoming a social worker in Maine, visit the Maine State Board of Social Work Licensure. You can also refer to our guides on general requirements for becoming a social worker and becoming an LCSW.

Last updated: September 2020