Fall Accepted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the MSW program for the Fall 2022 semester.  To secure your admission, please read through and complete each of the below steps.  

If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to your Admissions Counselor:

A-K   Natalie Flowers    nflowers@ssw.umaryland.edu  
L-Z  Shannon DeGross    sdegross@ssw.umaryland.edu


Step ONE: Deposit and UMID Creation

DEPOSIT: confirm your intent to enroll by paying the $300 non-refundable Confirmation Deposit within 3 weeks of the date on your acceptance letter and no later than May 20, 2022

  • PAY ONLINE HERE - you may pay by credit card or electronic check
    • If you prefer, you may submit a check or money order payable to UMB/SSW and
      • Mail to: UMB School of Social Work, Office of Admissions
        • 525 W. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
  • All payments can take up to 3 business days to process
  • This non-refundable deposit will be credited to your account on your first tuition bill

UMID CREATION: the UMID is your unique UMB user name, and grants access to many UMB systems, including email

  • Set up your UMID Account which is required for completion of remaining steps
  • Once created, your umaryland.edu email account will be the primary source of all SSW and UMB communication
  • PLEASE REVIEW information about the timing, creation, validation, and access available here



Step TWO: Residency, Tuition, and Financial Aid

RESIDENCY: All admitted students are classified as "out-of-state" status for tuition and fees. Please review the Residency FAQs for details.

  • In-State Classification information can be submitted between June 6, 2022 and August 29, 2022. 
  • To qualify for "in-state" status, students must submit an Application for In-State Classification 
  • This form should be submitted no later than August 29, 2022 to the UMB Office of the Registrar:
    • Email: residency@umaryland.edu
    • Fax: 410-706-4053
    • Mail to:  University of Maryland Baltimore, Office of the Registrar
      • 601 W. Lombard Street, Ste. 240, Baltimore, MD 21201

TUITION: SSW Tuition information is available here.

FINANCIAL AID: SSW Financial Aid information is available here

  • Financial Assistance for Prospective Students is a helpful resource, and additional information is available from Student Financial Assistance
    • UMB recommends that all students complete the FAFSA
    • To be eligible for financial aid, work study and/or scholarships you must submit the FAFSA
    • Students admitted for Fall should apply immediately
    • The priority deadline for the 2022-2023 application is March 1, 2022
    • Our school code is 002104

Step THREE: Field Placement Application

FIELD PLACEMENTField 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 2022-2023 academic year must be submitted by within two weeks of acceptance
    • Final deadline for field applications is June 1, 2022
  • 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 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 2022 semester. Field Orientation information is available here.

  • NOTE: Field Orientation is in addition to New Student Orientation.

Step FOUR: Health Information

Full information on Immunization Requirements is located here.

HEALTH FORMS: all admitted students are required to provide documentation of immunization by September 1, 2022

  • All required documentation is submitted using an Electronic Vaccine Record
  • After reading through the Electronic Vaccine Record information, create your Castle Branch account and upload all required documentation

COVID 19 VACCINE: all students who will be on-campus and/or participating in in-person learning activities are required to be vaccinated for COVID 19

STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN (SHIP): all full-time graduate students (9 credits or more) are automatically billed for and enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). 

  • Full information on Student Health Insurance Plan is available here
  • Graduate students taking fewer than 9 credits will not be automatically billed for SHIP, but are eligible to enroll on a voluntary basis

Step FIVE: Prerequisite Course

Before the first day of classes, all newly admitted students are required to complete SOWK 690 which contains three prerequisites

You can access SOWK 690 (OA1) via Blackboard starting on July 7.  Please note that it will take about 24 hours to complete all THREE prerequisites.

  1. Blackboard Orientation (2 hours)
  2. Academic Integrity and Anti-Plagiarism (2 hours)
  3. A Brief History of Oppression and Resistance (20 hours)

A Brief History of Oppression and Resistance provides important context and foundational knowledge for social work students who will be learning and practicing in Baltimore, Montgomery County, and the surrounding areas.  This prerequisite will help prepare you for your coursework here at the School of Social Work and should be completed prior to beginning your semester

  • Journal assignments that are integrated into the prerequisite will need to be submitted in your SOWK 610 (Structural Oppression and Its Implications for Social Work) class. 
  • Your instructor will provide additional details. 
  • Most instructors request that you submit your journal entries in the first couple weeks of class.

Step SIX: Registration, Important Dates, and Exemption Exams

FALL REGISTRATION: online registration for newly admitted students begins on May 5, 2022 at 6:00 AM Eastern.  Online registraton takes place using SURFS and log in requires using your UMID account information (see STEP ONE above). Course information for Fall 2022 Newly Admitted Students is located here.

IMPORTANT DATES: complete Calendars, Course Schedules, and Important Dates

FALL 2022 
August 15 Orientation for New Students
August 19

Online Registration closes for all SSW students 

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

August 22 SSW Classes Begin
October 21 Last Day to Drop a Class
December 10      SSW Classes End


EXEMPTION EXAMS: are available for all newly admitted students and are encouraged for students with strong background in policy, research & human behavior

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

Step SEVEN: Orientation, Orientation Videos, and UMB One Card

ORIENTATION: Fall Orientation will be in-person and is scheduled for Monday, August 15, 2022, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Please note that orientation is mandatory for all in-coming students.  Prior to Orientation Day please ensure that you have completed all of the steps as listed above and on the Orientation website.  

ORIENTATION VIDEOS: prior to attending orientation, all newly admitted students should watch each General Orientation Video.

  • These videos provide information and welcome from:
    • Office of Student Services
    • Academic Advising
    • Counseling Center
    • Public Safety
    • Student Health
    • Student Financial Services
    • UMB Division of Student Affairs
    • Educational Support and Disability Services (ESDS)
    • Health Sciences and Human Services Library
    • Writing Center
    • Community Engagement Center
    • Office of Accountability and Compliance

ONE CARD: the 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

Educational Support and Disability Services, and Veterans Affairs

ACCOMMODATIONS: students with a disability may request 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
  • Information on how to request an accommodation is located here
  • Email disabilityservices@umaryland.edu or call (410) 706-5889

VETERANS AFFAIRS: the SSW Office of Records and Registration can assist eligible students with enrollment certification and navigating eligiblity for benefits.

Defer Start Term or Decline Admission

DEFER START TERM: if you wish to to defer your enrollment please email Associate Dean for Admissions and Enrollment no later than August 12, 2022, and include all of the following:

  • deferral reason
  • deferral status (full-time or part-time)
  • deferral term
  • NOTE: The deferral deadline is August 12, 2022. Please keep a copy of all forms you submit.

DECLINE OFFER OF ADMISSION: if you wish to decline our offer of admission, please complete and submit this Survey.  Failure to complete and submit this survey could result in charges being owed to UMB.