School of Social Work

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

Seniors Robert Marcroft and Lida Holst recently had their columns exmaning Portland's poor and homeless appear in local newspapers.
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The School of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine is pleased to announce that it has received reaccreditation of the school’s Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Master of Social Work programs from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Both the undergraduate and graduate programs will remain accredited until 2021.
Two members of the University of Southern Maine community have been awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Violence Against Women, to foster a healthy campus climate for USM students, faculty, and staff.

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. Please disregard the current requirements on the Degrees & Certificates page and speak with your advisor with any questions or concerns.

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 2011

MSW Assessment Outcomes 2011