Register for Classes

Registration occurs in the Fall and Spring semesters after the schedule of course offerings is published online. This generally occurs after mid-term. Notice of dates and required registration materials are distributed via email and are located on the SSW Registration and Academic Calendar online. All course registration occurs online in SURFS.

Plan Your Schedule


SURFS - Register for Classes provides an overview (with screenshots) on preparation, holds resolution, searching for classes, registration, dropping a course, and viewing your schedule.

Go to and select “Login to SURFS” to enroll in coursework.  If you experience difficulty logging into SURFS, contact CITS Help Desk at 410-706-4357 or help@umaryland.eduand include your student ID, name, date of birth, and a brief description of the problem.

A complete student guide for navigating SURFS, download the UMB Student Profile Instructions 2023.08.

For additional assistance with registering, please call 410-706-6102.


On a space available basis, a student may add a course to their schedule during the first week of classes. Email your request to the Office of Records and Registration at

Courses may be dropped until the semester’s drop date. Students who register for a course and decide not to take it must officially drop it by that semester’s drop date to avoid submission of a failing grade.  Please submit a  Request to Drop a Course form.  Be sure to review the Refund Schedule and/or consult with Student Financial Services for inquiries regarding your bill.

Students should refer to the SSW Registration and Academic Calendar to obtain the specific dates for drop/add.

Audit Courses

A course may be audited on a space-available basis and priority is given to students taking the course for credit. The course will appear on the student’s transcript as Audit (AU) but will not count toward the credit requirement for degree completion.

A student taking a credit course may not change their status to audit once the semester has started. Charges for audit courses are the same as credit courses. Students interested in auditing a course should complete the Request for an Academic Audit Course form and submit it to the SSW Office of Records and Registration prior to the start of the semester.

Special Student Status

Individuals who have completed a MSW degree may register for a course with a Special Student Status.  Course enrollment is on a space available basis.  The application fee and per credit hour tuition and fee charges apply to Special Student Status. Students who have been dismissed from the MSW program are not eligible for Special Student Status.  

To request Special Student Status, email the SSW Office of Admissions at for an abbreviated application; include an official transcript, and a statement as to the reason for enrollment.


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