Due to the UMB Policies and Guidance Regarding COVID-19, the Advising Office is experiencing operational changes due to the need to tele-work.  Though face-to-face appointments are suspended until further notice, email, phone and virtual advising options are still available.  Please use this link to schedule an appointment with Ms. Schurman.  

Welcome to Academic Advising at the School of Social Work!

Helpful Reference Information

Academic Advisor: Nakiya Schurman, MSW
Phone: 410-706-7707


Advising is not mandatory, however students are encouraged to communicate with the Academic Advisor on a periodic basis to confirm progress in meeting degree requirements.  The School of Social Work model for advising includes both academic and professional advising.  Faculty are available to students for advising related to the Social Work profession.

Students are responsible for ensuring they have met all requirements for graduation in their selected Concentration and Specialization.  

You may wish to discuss the following with your advisor:

  • Developing your academic plan
  • Selecting courses
  • Understanding policies and procedures
  • Exploring University resources

Advising is for current UMSSW Social Work students only. Prospective students should contact the School of Social Work Admissions Office at 410-706-3025 or