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Academic Maps What is Social Work? Are you someone who wants to create positive change and make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, groups, and communities? Then the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) is an ideal choice. A diverse profession with a wide range of job opportunities, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited BSW program at UMPI, equips future social workers to serve their communities, address social problems, and promote social justice through the use of culturally responsive, strength based and ethical social work practice. Most importantly, a social work degree is recognized nationally and internationally as the choice for organizations seeking social work professionals.

Hybrid Course Delivery

Our program is delivered through a flexible, hybrid model. In other words, we utilize both in person and online teaching components. Some social work courses are held one day a week in 3-hour blocks while other courses have an in-class component one day a week and the second class of the week is completed online. Through our flexible one day a week in person course delivery method, students are able to get the benefits of both in person instruction so important to social work education balanced with online components.

BSW Mission

To prepare students for entry-level professional generalist practice in social work. To accomplish this, a person in environment framework, global consciousness perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific enquiry will be emphasized as the means to understand and practice social work ethics, values, and skills. The program is committed to promoting the well-being, growth and empowerment of all individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizational systems.

  • Job-ready


    With supervised field placement experiences, our students are well prepared for entry-level jobs in Social Work.

  • Rural practice

    Rural practice

    Responding to the needs of our region, and for any students planning to work in smaller communities, we teach you how to be successful as a social worker in a rural environment.

  • Global consciousness

    Global consciousness

    Understanding international practice is also an important part of what we do. Five students, for example, completed international field placements in Tanzania.

  • For Canadians

    For Canadians

    We offer a Post-Baccalaureate option for Canadian students who already have earned a college degree and want to return to school to get their Social Work degree. Contact us for more details.

  • Get involved

    Get involved

    We have a very active student club, the Student Organization of Social Work, which conducts many community service projects and fundraisers and hosts career exploration activities.

  • International Service Learning

    International Service Learning

    When we serve, we go all out. In the past few years, we’ve had students travel to Guatemala and Tanzania to take part in service learning activities that helped them to earn college credit and gain valuable educational experiences while meeting local needs.

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The Bachelor of Social Work Program is fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). This accreditation meets the eligibility requirements for State of Maine licensure to become a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) as well as licensure in other states and Canada.

Students graduating with a BSW degree from UMPI also meet the requirement for certification as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT). Refer to www.maine.gov for more information about this certification.

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Office of Admissions
129 Preble Hall
181 Main St.
Presque Isle, ME 04769

Phone: (207) 768-9532
Fax: (207) 768-9777

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