Mission & Outcomes

Our mission at the University of Maryland School of Social Work is to develop practitioners, leaders and scholars to advance the well-being of populations and communities and to promote social justice. As national leaders, we create and use knowledge for education, service innovation, and policy development.

· The University of Maryland School of Social Work was created in 1961 and has grown to become one of the largest and most respected schools of social work in America.

· Students come to the School of Social Work from over 20 states, the District of Columbia, and several foreign countries. The students range in age from 20 to 63; 88% are female, 37% are minority students; and education backgrounds range from bachelors to PhDs.

· For the last 10 years, the School's faculty publishing rate places it in the top 10 schools in the country in terms of the number of articles published in scholarly journals.

· The SSW is ranked in the top 20 schools of social work in the country; there is no younger school ranked higher than us.

· In a short period of time, the SSW has become the leader in social work education in the state, as well as become known to a national and international audience.

· In addition to the School's academic side, there is a community service side. Our Social Work Community Outreach Service, Promise Heights, Family Connections and the Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children are all very active in helping with the social work needs in Baltimore and beyond.

· The SSW has over 80 full-time faculty members (over 40 tenure-tracked). With the quantity, we also have quality. The publication records of our faculty indicate the high caliber and productiveness of these scholars.

· The SSW has one of the largest Macro-level programs of study in the country.

· The student body concentration breakout is generally 80% Clinical and 20% Macro.

· The SSW provides 500,000 hours of social work services a year within the state of Maryland and surrounding communities. The UMB campus, as a whole, provides 2 million hours of service to the community.

· Currently, the SSW is educating the vast majority of social workers throughout Maryland.

SSW Assessment of Learning Outcomes - October 2018