School of Social Work

Senegal-based artist Muhsana Ali spoke to USM students about her creative placemaking and community art practice, including the Mart Community Project in Mart, Texas (pictured).
Muhsana Ali creating mural in Mart, TX

Mission Statement

The University of Southern Maine’s School of Social Work is committed to educating culturally competent social work practitioners for multi-level, strengths-based practice that values social justice, in order to enhance the well-being of diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

School of Social Work Diversity Statement

Commitment to diversity is an integral part of the School of Social Work’s mission.  The School of Social Work faculty and staff are committed to preparing culturally competent social work practitioners.  We welcome and honor people of all ages, abilities, creeds, cultures, genders, races, sexual orientations, and socio-economic statuses.  We value intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, academic freedom, and integrity, and vigorously promote a safe atmosphere where ideas can be presented and challenged in a mutually respectful manner. We promote values of social justice and social change, and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice through partnership with the community and in our teaching, scholarship, and service endeavors.

(Revised April 18, 2012)

News & Events

Artist Muhsana Ali taking photo in Mart, TX
Senegal-based artist Muhsana Ali will speak about her creative place making and community art practice, including the Mart Community Project in Mart, Texas, on Thursday, October 30.
Using a digital storytelling project, Dr. Gerstenblatt's Oral History and Social Work class makes the connection between individual and collective narratives, and how they inform social work practice.
Hermeet Kohli
Hermeet Kohli, assistant professor of social work and honors, receives the Donald Harward Award for Faculty Service-Learning Excellence.

Attention: BSW Curriculum Changes

The School of Social Work faculty recently made changes to the BSW curriculum. The required foundation courses in other departments are now the following: ENG 101, ECO 101, HRD 200, POS 101, PSY 101, SOC 100, Statistics, and three upper level social sciences (SWO, SOC, PSY, CRM, SBS, ANT, GEO, POL, ECO, WST) not in the same discipline.

MSW Admissions Process

Applicant Deadline Information

Please note: The deadline for Fall 2014 admission has passed. Application reviews for Fall 2015 will begin on 10/15/14. This is a firm deadline and no applications will be accepted after 10/15/14.

USM Graduate Admissions

USM Graduate Student Guide to Financial Support

Tips for a strong application to the MSW program

*Information for Non-Matriculated Students*

Frequently Asked Questions

Our program has been reaccredited until 2021!

Please also review our curriculum assessments below.

BSW Assessment Outcomes 2014

MSW Assessment Outcomes 2014