A collaboration between the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Southern Maine, the Social Work 3+2 program provides you with an accelerated pathway to a career in the field of Social Work.

Interested in a career in Social Work? Want to fast-track your college degree(s) with a focused program of study? Have the motivation, compassion and maturity to jump-start your career path in counseling? If so, the University of Maine at Farmington Social Work 3+2 program may be perfect for you.

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In this program, you earn Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) followed by a Master of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine (USM) — all in five years instead of six.

  • 3 yrs – B.A. in Psychology at the University of Maine at Farmington
  • 2 yrs – M.S.W at the University of Southern Maine

This allows you to graduate ahead of time while preparing you for a professional career where you can help meet Maine’s growing mental health needs.

Social Work is a field committed to social justice and social change. Social Workers help individuals, families, and groups with mental health challenges, such as depression and PTSD;  life transitions, such as divorce; drug and alcohol abuse; and other difficult life situations.

What does the accelerated pathway to a Master’s Degree in Social Work involve?

At the University of Maine at Farmington
You will work to meet all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Farmington in three years, gaining practical skills through counseling courses, an interactive, discussion-based seminar each semester, mentorship, experience in the field and collaboration with peers.

As part of your Psychology degree at Farmington, you will fulfill the requirements for the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Community (MHRT/C) certification, allowing you to gain practical work experience while pursuing you Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Southern Maine.


In you third year at UMF, a streamlined grad school application process will pave the way to help you gain early acceptance to the University of Southern Maine’s Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program.*

At the University of Southern Maine
At the University of Southern Maine you will pursue an advanced social work curriculum, preparing to become a licensed social worker. You may also apply to other graduate programs, with support from your UMF faculty mentors.

* Note: Participation in this 3 + 2 Program does not guarantee admission to the M.S.W. program at USM. Also, you are not required to pursue graduate school at USM.

USM M.S.W in Social Work program


Q: What are some benefits of the 3 + 2 Program?

  • Completion of an undergrad degree in three years and the opportunity to enter the workforce one year earlier, saving you money and time
  • A program of study focused on counseling where you begin to develop the professional skills needed to be an effective social worker
  • Close collaboration and mentoring from Farmington faculty and upper-level UMF students
  • Participation in an interactive seminar — allowing you to develop counseling and leadership skills while preparing you for similar courses in graduate school
  • You’ll work closely with fellow students and faculty mentors

Q: How are students selected for the program?

  • Students will be selected based on their potential for completing an accelerated degree and continuing on to a Master’s degree program in Social Work
  • Specifically, applicants will be chosen based on their academic strengths, previous experience relevant to counseling and their interest in the 3 + 2 program

Q: What if a fast-tracked degree is not for me or I’m not accepted into the 3 + 2 program?

You can still benefit from all aspects of the 3 + 2 program. By majoring in Psychology at Farmington, you will have the opportunities in Counseling course offerings, the MHRT/C courses sequence, mentoring from UMF faculty to help prepare for graduate school and a career in counseling, and a heavier course load to accelerate your degree if you choose.

What courses might you take at UMF?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

PSY 209 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 226 Adulthood and Aging
PSY 235 Introduction to Counseling
PSY 455 Crisis Intervention and Stabilization
PSY 329 Child and Family Counseling and Psychopathology
PSY 435 Psychotherapeutic Methods

What courses might you take at USM?

SWO 501 Multicultural Social Work
SWO 502 Critical Thinking about Human Behavior
SWO 503 Generalist Social Work Practice
SWO 504 Social Welfare Policy
SWO 505 Social Work Research
SWO 552 Critical Thinking about Human Behavior
SWO 553 Generalist Social Work Practice
SWO 554 Field Experience

Details on USM courses