The University of New England is an independent university with two distinctive campuses on the coast of southern Maine. The University's mission is to educate men and women to advance the quality of human life and the environment.
The University of New England is a regionally accredited, entrepreneurial institution committed to academic excellence and the enhancement of the quality of life for the people, organizations, and communities it serves. The purpose of the University is to prepare students for meaningful and rewarding careers, lifelong learning, and enlightened lives.
UNE has once again been ranked as one of the "Best Universities" in the North that offer "a full range of undergraduate and master's programs" in the 2009 edition of "America's Best Colleges" from U.S. News & World Report.
Distance education has become an increasingly important part of the University of New England's education mix, to better serve both the University's traditional and non-traditional students. Distance learning offers:
The University is committed to our distance-learning students. The students who choose to learn through the University's extended campus are an integral part of the University community. Technological links enable students to interact with their faculty, advisors, support service administrators, as well as their student colleagues.
University of New England is regionally accredited by NEASC-CIHE, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (209 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730; 781-271-0022).
Beginning in Fall 2013, it will be possible to complete the MSW degree program in as little as 16 months!
UNE’s School of Social Work is proud of its tradition, providing students with a quality professional education through innovative programming. The SSW philosophy, as stated in its Mission Statement, emphasizes the mutual interaction of knowledge, values, and practice skills with a focus on:
• The strength of the human spirit
• Cultural diversity
• Social and economic justice
• Ending oppression
UNE’s MSW degree program offers concentrations in individual, family, and group practice and organizational and community practice:
• Individual, family and group practice concentration (IFG) is designed for individuals who want to develop advanced practice skills with individuals, families, and groups
• Organizational and community practice concentration (OCP) is designed for individuals who want to develop advanced skills in program management, policy analysis, advocacy and other macro practice skill.
Graduate Certificate in Public Health- 100% Online
UNE’s 18-credit hour CEPH accredited Graduate Certificate in Public Health provides students with the core public health concepts they need to either enhance their professional knowledge or to pursue a graduate degree in the field. These 18 credit hours are the foundation courses for UNE’s Master of Public Health degree. All certificate program courses are transferable to UNE’s MPH degree program.
With a mission centering on teaching, research and service, the program educates students from across the nation and boasts a renowned faculty who are leaders in public health research with extensive collaborative partnerships in the public health community.
Education requirements: Must have a bachelor’s degree
The University of New England offers the Doctor of Pharmacy as the professional degree that prepares students for careers as pharmacists in a variety of practice settings. A minimum of two years of undergraduate pre-professional education is required for admission. The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree is awarded after successful completion of four years of professional study in the College of Pharmacy located on UNE’s Portland Campus in Portland, Maine. To apply or to learn more about this exciting program, contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
UNE’s Pharm.D. program has several noteworthy attributes:
Quality Academics: With a current curriculum, a faculty committed to supporting every student, and many educational opportunities outside of the classroom, UNE awards degrees that enjoy respect, especially regionally.
Interdisciplinary Collaboration: UNE students benefit from collaborative projects between students of different specializations—medicine, dentistry, physical therapy and more. UNE Pharm.D. students practice real-life scenarios as the lead pharmacist on integrated health care teams.
Career Support: Northern New England is one of the strongest markets nationally for beginning pharmacists. UNE supports students in developing career networks in the region. With a class of about 100 students each year, students have access to faculty and other community members for career development.
Portland, Maine Location: Portland is currently on many “best places to live” lists, and UNE’s classic New England campus is right in town.
Regional Leadershipin Doctoral Training:
The Pharm.D. degree program at UNE, created to address an acute shortage of pharmacists in Maine, has become recognized as a leader in the training of the next generation of pharmacists for Maine and New England. In just a few short years, admission to the high-demand program has become competitive, attracting students from the U.S. and around the world. About 30% of candidates are from Maine, with 53% coming from the New England area. Average graduating class size is between 90 and 100 students. The doctoral program welcomed its first class of students in 2009.
The Pharm.D. degree program at UNE prepares students with the skills, knowledge, and experiences for a wide range of pharmacy careers. The patient-focused program integrates both pharmaceutical and clinical sciences to develop students as primary care providers. Students acquire valuable insights and practical experience through clinically-based classes, opportunities to engage in research and scholarship, and a fourth-year rotation at the UNE Drug Information Center (DIC), a student training site that provides professional services to area practitioners.
Students complete a Community Pharmacy residency program at Martin’s Point Health Center in Portland where they are immersed in concentrated, hands-on experiences and electives. These include designing, developing and implementing a new pharmacy service; working with other UNE colleges on an interdisciplinary geriatric education program; and designing and developing classroom lectures and laboratory activities.
Pharm.D. candidates also have opportunities for short-term study abroad, including two-week health care immersions in Ghana and summer exchanges for pharmacy students at the University of Granada in Spain.
The Pharm.D. degree program comprises 148 credit hours of full-time study and training over four years.
The University of New England's DPT program offers students an outstanding accredited, entry-level professional doctorate program within a department that has earned a national reputation of excellence since its founding in 1980. The DPT program is three calendar years (8 semesters) in length and includes a combination of classroom course work, laboratory experiences, and clinical practicum experiences.
Our On Campus option offers you traditonal face-to-face learning opportunites in small intimate classes with engaged and enthusiastic faculty. Our teaching is consistently high quality and you leave each class transformed by the experience.
We also offer hybrid course options, which blend distance education with face-to-face learning. This model offers you the opportunity for face-to-face teacher and peer interaction, together with the flexibility and expansiveness of asynchronous distance learning. Our hybrid courses are scheduled with two weeks of online learning to one week of campus face-to-face interaction. Face-to-face classes meet every third week, which allows you to juggle other time demands while continuing the learning experience without having to spend as much time on campus.
Learning Through Action
In our On Campus (and hybrid course options), we emphasize Learning Through Action. Faculty members, in partnership with other University resources and community organizations, create several innovative, context-based learning opportunities for you.
Field education is a cornerstone of social work training. As a school, we demonstrate our commitment to providing meaningful opportunities to do work in the field by offering personalized field planning, an emphasis on student choice, attentive field supervision, and a supportive weekly Field Seminar.
You participate in classes that take place entirely or partially in community settings. For example, you might take:
You engage in projects supported by UNE’s Office of Service Learning. You might work with the Oxford Street Shelter, Milestone Home, or Cumberland County Jail, for example.
You benefit from classroom, co-curricular, and extracurricular learning opportunities along with students enrolled in other health and humanities programs at UNE. For example:
You develop your skills in UNE’s Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center, converting theory into practice in simulated therapy sessions with actors. The sessions are recorded so that you can later review your work.
Global Social Work
Twice per year, you have the opportunity to join other Social Work majors and majors from other allied health programs at UNE to travel to western Ghana. Through the trip, you provide direct care services, community health education, and other support to individuals living in urban and rural communities.
Facts & Figures
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Private, not-for-profit, Higher Education
Online and multimedia.
Master's College or University II
Access to the internet. High speed recommeded.
Federal and Private educational loans are available.
Application takes approx 2 weeks. Registration deadline is 3 weeks after. Classes start 1 week after registration deadline.
Every professor I’ve had at UNE has been genuinely concerned with their quality of teaching and their students' progress – not just in class, but in life.