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It's Time to Apply


MSW Program

Applications for the 2015-16 academic year are now closed. We will begin accepting applications again for the Spring and Fall 2016 academic year on the Tuesday following Labor Day.  Learn more about our MSW and PhD programs at the links provided.  If you are looking for information on the BSW program available at UMBC, please click here.


MSW Deadlines

Deadlines to apply for the MSW program can be found here. 


PhD students

PhD students can get information on the program and learn more about the application process here.

Student Honors


PhD students Jenny Afkinich and Lisa Fedina have been named National Institute of Justice Research Assistants. The NIJ Research Assistantship Program is designed to support criminal justice research and to provide highly qualified doctoral students with practical and applied research experience. NIJ provides funds to participating universities to pay salaries and other costs associated with research assistants who work on NIJ research activities


SSW Student Michael Walters has been named the National Association of Social Workers, Maryland Chapter's MSW Student of the Year. He will be presented the award in late March.

Convocation 2015


UM SSW Convocation Information For 2015 May (Spring) and July (Summer) Graduates

(Decmeber 2014 graduates are also eligible to take part and be honored)

When:  Friday, May 15, 2015

Where:  Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric - 140 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

Time: 9 AM -- Doors to the Lyric open at 8 AM. Tickets are limited to 4 per graduate as space is limited.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore's Commencement ceremony begins at the Royal Farms Arena at 2 p.m. the same day.  There is no limit to the number of family members and friends that can attend the afternoon event.

Convocation Homepage

Continuing Professional Education

Are you ready to Bloom in your social work career? The Spring 2015 Bloom catalog of continuing education opportunities at the School is now available online! Register early for best selection!

New Centers Announced at the SSW


The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative, led by the Center for Adoption Support and Education, will support adoptive children and families through an online curriculum for mental health professionals, the development of a national training system, and will provide clinical case consultation system with fidelity monitoring.  The School's Institute for Innovation and Implementation will lead this effort at the School.


The Center for Positive School Climate and Supportive Discipline will be led by the School's Social Work Community Outreach Service.  This multi-year project will partner with administrators and staff in all 24 Maryland school districts to help improve school climate and help reduce out-of-school suspensions and expulsions of students of color and students with disabilities.

Faculty & Staff News


Richard Barth of the School of Social Work delivered a commentary on Financial Social Work in March on WYPR-FM.


Associate Professors Jodi Frey, above, and Kathryn Collins, along with recent MSW graduates, Jennifer Pastoor and Linnea Linde, had their article, Social Workers' Observations of the Needs of the Total Military Community, published in Journal of Social Work Education. This research was supported by a grant through the University of Maryland School of Social Work Dean's Fund for Research.  The article can be viewed online at


Research Associate Professor Haksoon Ahn has an article published in International Journal of Social Welfare. The study examined effects of welfare reform on changes in net disposable income for low-income families over time.

Support the 2015 Class Gift


The Class of 2015 class gift will be original framed artwork representing social work themes and core values. We will commission a Baltimore artist to continue to celebrate the connections between UM SSW and the greater Baltimore community. To celebrate our Class of 2015, we encourage you to donate $20.15.

Please visit UM SSW's new online giving site to make your gift today. There is no amount too small and all gifts are appreciated!  





Homecoming 2015

Understanding Partner Abuse Through Multiple Lenses ‌

Homecoming - March 6, BEGINS AT 10 AM SSW Auditorium - 525 West Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD

Keynote: Samuel R. Aymer, PhD, LCSW-R

Registration & Coffee: 8:30 am Homecoming Lecture & Panel Discussion: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm



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State of the School Address

Dean Richard Barth presents the annual State of the School Address on April 20!

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