University of Maryland School of Social Work Peace Corps Fellows/USA Program
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The University of Maryland School of Social Work, established in the 1960s in downtown Baltimore City, provides educational programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees. The School, consistently rated among the top schools of Social Work in the nation, ranks in the top 20 according to the U.S. News & World Report. Currently, 870 students are pursuing an MSW and 43 are seeking a PhD.
Required academic program:
The required 60-credit master’s degree is divided between 24 foundation credits and 36 advanced credits. In the advanced year, students choose between clinical and management and community organization concentrations (MACO).
The foundation curriculum focuses on the values, concepts, and processes that are the core of social work practice. Coursework in human behavior and the social environment, social work practice, social policy, and research helps students develop a problem-solving framework with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Students also complete a two-semester practicum, taken two days a week, in a social service placement.
To begin the advanced curriculum, students select a concentration and specialization. For those selecting the MACO concentration, they will study the macro arm of social work, developing new and better services, social programs, and social policies. Macro social work practice includes community organizing and development, social planning, policy analysis and development, political and social action, and government and nonprofit agency administration and resource development.
The clinical concentration has an emphasis on educating a practitioner who works to improve the quality of life and enhance the social functioning of individuals, families, and small groups through direct service. Clinical social workers are active in the promotion, restoration, maintenance, and enhancement of the functioning of their clients and clients’ systems, in the prevention of distress, and in the provision of resources.
Admission: Students are admitted for fall semester full-time and spring semester part-time. Students may apply any time between September 1 and March 1 and will hear back within four to six weeks of their application. Admission requirements for all students include baccalaureate, minimum of 24 credit hours in liberal arts, minimum 3.0 grade point average on last 60 credits leading to the baccalaureate, prerequisite coursework in human growth and development, prerequisite Introductory statistics.
Factors favorable to being considered include above-average academic performance, length and relevance of related experience, either voluntary or paid, a well-crafted personal statement that expresses a degree of personal reflection, references, contribution to the diversity of the incoming class, belonging to or working in or among another culture or overseas, economic disadvantage, knowledge of more than one language, and/or deep and broad life experiences.