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

It is with a most heavy heart that we share the shattering news that David Zysk, a current BSW senior, died over last weekend. David was beloved here in the SSW and he was an outstanding student with great promise in our field.
Congratulations to concentration year MSW student Jennifer Dimond, this year’s recipient of the M.Dawn Simpson Award
We have openings in SWO 502, Critical Thinking about Human Behavior in the Social Environment

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 2015 admission has passed. Application reviews for Fall 2016 will begin on 10/15/15. This is a firm deadline and no applications will be accepted after 10/15/15.

Scholarship Applications Available

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