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Welcome! We are excited to learn of your interest in the MSW Program at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. You are strongly encouraged to apply online. You will find our online application process both easy and convenient.  [Click for BSW Program/PhD Program]

If you have not already done so, please review our admissions catalog for more complete information on the School of Social Work and complete, detailed instructions on the application process, deadlines, etc.  For complete admission requirements, click here.

Please read all instructions below before beginning your online application. We suggest that you reserve at least 30 minutes to complete the online application.  

In addition to the online application, several items are required of applicants in each admission category. Use the following address for ALL postal submissions:

University of Maryland
School of Social Work
Office of Admissions
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

All Online Applicants Must Provide:

$60 (U.S. currency), non-refundable application fee for online applicants ($80 for paper applications) made payable to the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Applications will not be reviewed until the application fee is received. You will be able to pay this fee online once you submit your online application or you may send a check or money order to the School of Social Work to the address listed above.

An official transcript from each college, university or professional school you have attended, whether or not credit was earned. An official transcript must be submitted to the School of Social Work Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope as prepared by the sending institution.

Personal Statement.  You will be asked to complete a personal statement that answers social work related questions.

Three Reference Forms.  All applicants are required to submit three references, usually including professors, employers, supervisors, professional colleagues, and community associates.  They will be asked to comment on your academic aptitude, ability to work with others, capacity for self-development, and dependability.  Advanced Standing applicants must provide one reference from his/her field instructor. Unless you are completing a paper application, references are completed entirely online by the applicant and the reference.  Please have email contact information for your reference available when you complete the online reference form.  You cannot complete an online application and request to submit paper reference forms.

Letter of Recommendation for Applicants Applying for Advanced Standing.  This form is to be completed by the undergraduate social work department chairperson either online or by postal mail if you are submitting a paper application. You cannot submit an online application and request to submit a paper recommendation form.

Resume. All applicants are required to submit a resume. This is an important part of the application and will provide the Admissions Committee with insight in to your professional experience. Be sure to include paid employment, volunteer work, and any internships or field placements you have had.  You cannot submit an online application and request to submit a paper resume.

Are You a Current or Former Member of the Peace Corps or Americorps?  Are You a Veteran, Member of the Active Military or a McNair Scholar?  If so, Click Here for Important Information.

International Applicants:
An applicant with international education credentials must provide the School of Social Work with a document that translates the credentials into English, evaluates the degree for equivalency to degrees awarded in the United States, and
provides information to enable the interpretation of grades.  Respected sources for the required documentation include World Education Services, The Knowledge Company, and Educational Credential Evaluators.

All application material to be submitted by mail should be addressed to the School of Social Work as noted in "Instructions and Requirements."

Please clearly identify yourself through use of your complete name and social security number where appropriate when submitting application material by mail.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions, we invite you to email Comments and suggestions are carefully reviewed.

The University of Maryland School of Social Work offers a complete doctoral program. Applications to the Graduate PhD (Social Work) program are submitted through the University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate School. Questions regarding our doctoral program may be addressed to the School of Social Work Office of Admissions and information is available through

The deadline for SPRING 2015 Applications is [Part-Time Only]:
November 7, 2014

The deadline for Foundation Early Decision [Fall 2015 applicants only]:
December 12, 2014

The deadline for Advanced Standing Applications - Beginning Summer [Part-Time only--you can convert to Full time come the Fall semester] or Fall 2015 [Full & Part Time] is:
January 23, 2015

The deadlines for FALL 2015 Applications for Foundation [Full & Part Time] is:
March 6, 2015

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