Students Accepted for Fall 2024 at Baltimore and USG

Congratulations on your acceptance to the MSW program for Fall 2024!  

If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to the Admissions Office at 

Step ONE: Respond to our Offer of Admission


To secure your spot, pay the $300 non-refundable Confirmation Deposit by May 31st, 2024. 

    • PAY ONLINE: Use our secure online portal
    • PAY BY MAIL: Alternatively, mail a check/money order to UMB School of Social Work, Office of Admissions, 525 W. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
    • Allow up to 3 business days for payment processing
    • This non-refundable deposit will be credited to your first tuition bill

Have questions or need assistance before making your decision? Contact our Admissions Office at 

Once you've accepted admission, kindly complete the remaining steps below before starting the program.



If you need to defer your enrollment until Fall 2025, please email Associate Dean for Admissions and Enrollment no later than August 11, 2024.  You must still submit a confirmation deposit following the step above to hold your position. 


If you wish to decline our offer of admission, please complete this survey.  

Step TWO: Get Connected


The UMID is your unique UMB user name, and grants access to many UMB systems, including your email, which will be the primary source of all SSW and UMB communication.

    • It can take a few days after you have paid your confirmation deposit for your email account to be created.
    • Expect an email with the subject "Welcome to Office 365 - University of Maryland, Baltimore - Action Needed" to your personal email address. Check spam/junk folders.  This will inform you of your new email address, and specific instructions to validate and activate your email.
    • Log into with your UMID and password to validate and activate your email
    • Once completed, you can log in to start sending and receiving emails using your UMaryland email

NOTE: While your UMID is being created, proceed with completing Steps 3 and 4. Please be aware that Step 5 cannot be completed until your UMID is created.

Step THREE: Review Information about Residency, Tuition, and Financial Aid


    • MSW Tuition information is available here
    • Information on due dates and payment options can be found here.  Tuition bills can be paid online in SURFS or via mail. 
    • Review the Student Financial Assistance webpage for information. 
    • We recommend you complete the FAFSA
      • Apply immediately; the priority deadline for the 2024-2025 application is March 1, 2024.
      • School code: 002104
Step FOUR: Start Working on your Field Placement Application (If you are on the 2 Year or Advanced Standing Plan)

Field Education is a significant portion of your social work education, and is a place where you learn to make a real, lasting contribution to the lives of others.

  • Field Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year should be submitted within two weeks of acceptance
    • The final deadline for field applications is June 1, 2024
  • Your Field Application is submitted via your Electronic Field Notebook (EFN) and this is where you will also complete all of your Field assignments
  • Students enrolled in the foundation field will be required to complete Field Seminar for the entire academic year‌

All students who are new to field at UMB SSW are required to attend a Field Orientation prior to beginning the Fall 2024 semester. Field Orientation information is available here.

  • NOTE: Field Orientation is in addition to New Student Orientation.
Step FIVE: Immunization Requirements and Health Insurance Information

All incoming and continuing UMB students are requested to submit their immunization data into Castle Branch in accordance with the Student Health immunization requirements here.


All full-time graduate students (9 credits or more) are automatically billed for and enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).  Students taking fewer than 9 credits will not be automatically billed for SHIP, but are eligible to enroll on a voluntary basis

Step SIX: Get Ready to Register for Classes, Think about Taking Exemption Exams, Request Accomodations and Sign up for Your ID Card

Registration for newly admitted students begins on May 3, 2024, at 12:15 PM Eastern.  Registration takes place using SURFS and logging in requires using your UMID account information (see STEP ONE above). Course information for Fall 2024 newly admitted students is located here.


If you have a strong background in policy, research, and/or human behavior, we encourage you to take an exemption exam in order to place out of one or more of the following foundation courses:

    • SOWK 600 Social Welfare and Social Policy
    • SOWK 645 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
    • SOWK 670 Social Work Research
  • Passing Exemption Exams does not decrease the number of required credits for your degree
  • Passing Exemption Exams does increase the number of elective credits you can take

You can request academic accommodations for coursework & field education through the Office of Educational Support and Disability Services(ESDS). ESDS works with students with all types of disabilities including physical, learning, sensory, psychological, ADHD, and chronic and acute medical conditions. To ensure timely and appropriate accommodation, please submit your request as early as possible.


The SSW Office of Records and Registration can assist eligible students with enrollment certification and navigating eligibility for benefits.  Additional information is available here.  Email or call (410) 706-6102


After you have been registered for classes, you can register to receive a One Card is the official identification card for students and is required for entrance into all buildings on the UMB campus.  

  • One Card for New Students requires that you:
    • Are a registered student
    • Submit a photo using online photo submission
    • Have a valid government driver's license, passport, or other photo ID
  • Your One Card is more than an identification card and is used for
    • Parking Access
    • URecFit
    • Library Services
    • UMB Shuttle Access
Step SEVEN: Set Aside Time to Take Your Summer Prerequisite

Before the first day of classes, you are required to complete SOWK 690.OA1 which contains three prerequisites. The course will be available in Blackboard in July. 

Watch this video to learn how to log in to Blackboard for the very first time

Please note that it will take up to 35 hours to complete all THREE prerequisite modules.

    1. Blackboard Orientation (2 hours) (You can begin the first few steps in the IDEA Knowledgebase.)
    2. Academic Integrity and Anti-Plagiarism (2 hours)
    3. A Brief History of Oppression and Resistance (15-30 hours*)
      • This module provides important context and foundational knowledge for social work students who will be learning and practicing in Baltimore, Montgomery County, and the surrounding areas.
      • It should be completed prior to beginning your semester and will help prepare you for your coursework here at the School of Social Work. 
      • Journal assignments that are integrated into the prerequisite will need to be submitted in SOWK 610 (Structural Oppression and Its Implications for Social Work) by the second week of class
      • *Recognizing that students have different styles of learning and engaging, most students report that it takes somewhere between 15 and 30 hours to complete A Brief History of Oppression and Resistance. Additionally, this course explores a great deal of material and may elicit a variety of strong emotions. Be sure to give yourself enough time and space to engage with the course and also to check in with yourself and prioritize self-care as you need it.
Step EIGHT: Save the Date for your Orientation

BALTIMORE: Fall Orientation will be in-person and is scheduled for Monday, August 19, 2024, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Please note that orientation is mandatory for all incoming students.  Prior to Orientation Day please ensure that you have completed all of the steps as listed above and on the Orientation website.  

UNIVERSITIES of SHADY GROVE: Fall Orientation will be in-person and is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2024, TBA on the USG campus.  Please note that orientation is mandatory for all incoming students.

ORIENTATION VIDEOS: prior to attending orientation, you will be asked to watch a series of short videos about services on campus.  Links will be provided to you at some point in the future. 


Field Orientation is in addition to New Student Orientation.  All students who are new to field at UMB SSW are required to attend a Field Orientation in August. Field Orientation information is available here.

Important Dates

Complete Calendars, Course Schedules, and Important Dates

FALL 2024
May 31 Last Day to Confirm Admission
August TBD Orientation for New Students
August 23

Registration closes 

Last Day to Add a Class or Cancel Registration with 100% refund

August 26 SSW Classes Begin
TBD Last Day to Drop a Class
TBD     SSW Classes End

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