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MSW Program

Creating, Disseminating and Applying Knowledge

Welcome to one of the top social work programs in the country for those interested in studying clinical social work, human services management, and community organization. Our exciting 60-credit master’s degree is divided between 24 foundation credits and 36 advanced credits, where students can choose from a rich curriculum of advanced courses and become the leaders of tomorrow. We will educate you to face the challenges of the future —whether it is helping adults and children struggling with emotional and adjustment issues, working side-by-side with community residents to improve their neighborhoods, or guiding human service agencies to better serve the needs of their clients.

In your Advanced Year, you have the choice between the Clinical concentration and the Macro concentration. It is also possible to combine the two in a course of study that allows for a primary and secondary concentration. In addition, you will choose a specialization or field of practice that will focus your work in a particular area of study within the concentration.

These fields of practice are:
Families and Children
Behavioral Health (formerly Mental Health)
Community Action & Social Policy (Macro Only)

Employee Assistance Program
Child, Adolescent, and Family Health

Sample Plans of Study for the Foundation Program

We also offer a one-year Advanced Standing program (36 credits) for students entering with a BSW from an accredited program. Students will typically take 30 credits during the fall and spring semesters and the other 6 credits in either the summer before or the summer after their enrollment in Advanced Field Placement. The Advanced Standing program may be taken on an extended basis but must be completed in no more than two years.

Course Offerings  |  Important Program Notes

Field Practicum
The field practicum is a two-year requirement; for Advanced Standing students it is one year. Field education is a critical and required component of the Master’s curriculum, with specific professional competencies and practice behaviors that each student must demonstrate.

The School utilizes a concurrent model of Field Education that requires students to take classroom methods courses while in field placement. Included in a student’s plan of study will be two different field placements: first year Foundation and second year Advanced. These placements are located in social service agencies, departments, or other service delivery systems throughout the Baltimore/Washington Metro Region. Field placements take place during traditional workday hours and begin in the fall and continue through spring semester.

It is through the integration of theoretical, research, and practice-oriented material presented in the classroom, and the opportunity for guided practice experiences available through Field Education that University of Maryland School of Social Work students are prepared for professional practice.

--  Foundation year field placements are two full days a week (usually either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays) for a total of sixteen (16) hours each week for a minimum of fifteen (15) weeks each semester (a minimum of four hundred and eighty [480] hours for the Foundation year). Each field practicum day must not exceed eight hours.
--  Advanced year field placements are three full days a week (usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) for a total of twenty-four (24) hours each week for a minimum of fifteen (15) weeks each semester (a minimum of seven hundred and twenty [720] hours for the advanced year). Each field practicum day must not exceed eight hours.
--  There is an extended plan option for the advanced year, which requires 16 hours per week from September through July and approval from the agency and the Office of Field Education. It delays graduation until the completion of field practicum in July.
--  Placements are generally within a fifty (50) mile radius of the student’s home.
--  The foundation and advanced field practicum are performed in two different settings.
--  There is an opportunity for employment-based field practicum.

Students who have full-time jobs need to plan for release time from their regular work to participate in field practicum. All students must allocate time to complete field practicum requirements within the above noted days and hours.