IMG_8446“My name is Casey Rogers and I graduated in 2018 with my BSW from the University of Maine and chose to go right into UNE’s on campus MSW Program as part of their Advanced Standing cohort. Pursuing my MSW in this 1-year program was a nerve-wracking decision, but a choice that I am so happy with! “ – Casey Rogers MSW ’19 

Casey Rogers entered our program in August 2018 and graduated  in May 2019 with an MSW.  She is currently an LMSW-CC and already hard at work in the field!

What is Advanced Standing and how do I qualify?

Through UNE’s Advanced Standing Program, qualified BSW graduates (accredited by the Council on Social Work Education) can get their MSW at UNE  in JUST ONE YEAR.  In order to do so, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Graduate from a CSWE accredited BSW program within seven (7) years of enrollment in UNE’s School of Social Work ; exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis depending on work experience and the quality of the application.
  2. Receive a “B” or better in all BSW courses *strongly preferred though we look at each applicant individually.
  3. Show evidence of employment or volunteer experience working with people in a human service.
  4. Submit three letters of reference: (1) one reference that speaks to applicant’s academic ability within the BSW program; (2) one reference letter from a supervisor/instructor from the BSW internship/field site; (3) an additional academic or professional reference from someone acting in a supervisory
  5. Submit Field Evaluations that document the grade and hours completed in the BSW field placement (commensurate to UNE School of Social Work Foundation Year field requirements of 560 hours).  If the applicant’s BSW program is not able to supply the original Field Evaluations, a letter must be provided confirming that the student received a passing grade and the number of field hours.
  6. Enroll in the required social work bridge course, SSW 526 – Integrating Clinical/ Community Practice Frameworks (3 credits).  This course is completed during the first 2-weeks of August prior to starting the fall semester.  See 2019 syllabus HERE.

*BSW students entering from UNE’s BSW Program do not need to take the bridge course.

For more info on admissions to our Advanced Standing Program:


How can I be sure I’m on same page as everyone else? 

UNE’s MSW curriculum is designed so that the foundation year parallels the final year(s) of any CSWE accredited BSW Program.  This allows UNE to streamline BSW holding students into their advanced year (specialized year), so they’re on a fast track to obtaining their MSW!

To better ensure advanced standing students feel prepared for their advanced year, UNE requires advanced standing students enroll in a Bridge course prior to beginning their fall semester.  The course is designed in such a way that it both orients incoming students to the culture of the school while also provides an overview of key content covered in the foundation sequences taught at UNE.

waterthebrainMSW Professor, Dr. Nancy Shore, taught the course 2018 and 2019 and describes it as such:

“The required Bridge course for advanced standing students, SSW 526, is an opportunity to welcome incoming students, reflect upon our School’s Vision and Mission statement, and review key content covered in our HBSE and Practice sequences. This includes spending time talking about health as a human right, ethics, social work theories, and the importance of courageous conversations. As the course syllabus states, SSW 526 ‘fully integrates clinical (micro) and community (macro) perspectives and practices with an emphasis on cultural, relational, and evidence-based competencies.'”

Not only is it a great for getting caught up, but it’s also a great opportunity to make new friends:

“The bridge course allowed me to get to know my fellow advanced standing students who would go on to be my support system and some of my best friends. This past year flew by, but was filled with amazing and challenging opportunities, and I’m glad I did it!” Casey Rogers MSW ’19

What if I’m entering from UNE’s undergraduate BSW Program?

Through UNE’s 4+1 Advanced Standing Early Assurance Conditional Acceptance Option,  UNE BSW students can secure their position sooner than later given they maintain their academic integrity.  UNE Students would not need to take the required Bridge course mentioned above, but must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Complete their Bachelor of Social Work Degree at UNE prior to matriculation into the MSW program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 with all social work courses completed with a “B minus” or better.
  • Have maintained good academic and social standing at UNE prior to enrollment into the graduate program.
  • Have successfully completed the first semester of BSW Field Placement with confirmation and reference from Field Instructor, including field evaluation for the placement prior to application.
  • Provide evidence of Community Service in a Health Profession or Human Service organization

Students must submit application by January 15th of the year of expected enrollment with all supporting documentation received no later than March 1 to complete the early assurance application file. 

Can I do the Advanced Standing Program as a part time student?

Yes! Students can pursue the advanced standing option both full-time and part time:

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Did you know?

Social workers with master’s degrees in social work earn about $13,000 more than those with bachelor’s degrees in social work. 

What’s stopping you?

Contact Meg Webster for more information about our Advanced Standing: or 207 221 4508


Learn more about what you can do with a clinical degree by reading our post, Clinical Social Work vs. Psychology: What’s the difference? 

*PLEASE NOTE: All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per CSWE Accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum or other UNE institutional standards, clinical affiliation requirements, and maintaining fair and consistent admissions practices for all applicants.  

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