Welcome to Academic and Career Advising at the School of Social Work!

Alex Cosentino-Tich         

Alex Cosentino-Tich (they/them), Academic and Career Advisor

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Virtual Group Advising Dates: 

Please use the following zoom link to join: 

Zoom Link For Group Advising

New Students in the 60-Credit Hybrid Program

Thursday, June 13th from 12:30PM-1:30PM

Monday, June 17th from 11PM-12PM

New Advanced Standing Students in the 36-Credit Hybrid Program

Wednesday, June 12th from 1PM-2PM

Monday, June 17th from 12PM-1PM



Rm. 2E41, 525 West Redwood Street, Baltimore MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-3525
Email: sswadvising@ssw.umaryland.edu

The Academic and Career Advisor provides guidance to students as they navigate their academic plans and prepare for their careers after graduation. Prior to your first semester, your advisor will invite you to group advising sessions to overview your academic program. You are also welcome to schedule an individual advising session. It is recommended that you connect with your advisor on a periodic basis to confirm progress in meeting degree requirements. Your advisor is also a resource for navigating career interests and opportunities. Faculty are also available to students for advising related to the Social Work profession.

You may wish to discuss the following with your advisor:

  • Developing your academic plan
  • Selecting courses
  • Understanding policies and procedures
  • Exploring University resources
  • Choosing your concentration
  • Exploring social work areas of interest
  • Reviewing your resume

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

Advising is for current UMSSW Social Work students only. Prospective students should use the Information Request Form to contact the School of Social Work Admissions Office.

How Does Academic Advising Work at UM SSW?

Students are encouraged to speak with the school’s Academic Advisor to develop an educational plan that meets their academic requirements within the prescribed time frame. In addition, the Academic Advisor is available to talk about curriculum matters, the structure of the academic program, academic rules and degree requirements.

Although the Academic Advisor will assist students in developing a Plan of Study, each student must assume responsibility for knowing curriculum requirements and ensuring that these requirements are met by reviewing the materials on the school’s website.

Who is my Academic Advisor?

The Academic and Career Advisor is Alex Cosentino-Tich, LCSW-C.  They can be reached at sswadvising@ssw.umaryland.edu or 410-706-3525. Book An Appointment.

What classes should I take?
  1. View Samples Plan of Study.
  2. Review the Curriculum Overviews to learn more about your specific graduation requirements based on your date of entry.
  3. Download/view Class Schedules.  Print a copy of the schedule for use when registering.
  4. Not sure what to take?  Email sswadvising@ssw.umaryland.edu to talk about your plan of study.  
How do I register for classes?

Students register for classes in SURFS (Student User Friendly System).  

  1. Log on to SURFS with your myUM ID and password   
  2. Select STUDENT
  4. Select SELECT TERM and choose the desired term
  5. Select ADD/DROP CLASSES and then scroll down to the ADD CLASS section
  6. Enter the CRN number(s) for desired courses and sections (find courses and CRN codes here: https://www.ssw.umaryland.edu/academics/calendar/
  7. Select SUBMIT CHANGES and courses will appear in the CURRENT SCHEDULE area.                

Once you login, you will also be able to view your bill, change your address and check your grades.  

If you need assistance logging in to SURFS, please contact the Help Desk at help@umaryland.edu. 

Potential Registration Errors:

  • Holds – The student will not be permitted to register until the hold is resolved with the appropriate office. 
  • Time Conflict – Classes that meet concurrently have been selected
  • Closed Section – Course is full and closed for further registration
  • Class Restriction – The student is not eligible to register for the course
  • Course Prerequisites – The student has not met the requirements to register for this course

 If you need assistance registering, please email sswregistration@ssw.umaryland.edu 

What is Field Education?

Field Education, an internship under the supervision of an experienced MSW Field Instructor, is an important component of graduate social work education. Included in a student's Plan of Study will be two different field placements in social services agencies, departments or other service delivery systems located throughout the State of Maryland and surrounding areas.  Field Placements are determined based on concentration/specialization for advanced students and geographic location for foundation students. 

Students can learn more about Field Education here or by contacting the Field Education Office at 410-706-7187 or fieldeducation@ssw.umaryland.edu

Can I Study Abroad?

The University and the School have a strong and growing international focus offering a variety of global educational experiences. The School offers courses which include international travel and an international field placement program for interested students.

Find out more here: https://www.ssw.umaryland.edu/academics/global-opportunities/ and here: http://www.umaryland.edu/global/ 

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