Students Accepted for Fall

Congratulations on your acceptance to the MSW program for the Fall 2023 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  
L-Z  Shannon DeGross
Step ONE: Deposit and UMID Creation

DEPOSIT: confirm your intent to enroll by paying the $300 non-refundable Confirmation Deposit by May 19th, 2023.

  • 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 the completion of the remaining steps
  • Once created, your email account will be the primary source of all SSW and UMB communication
  • PLEASE REVIEW information about the timing, creation, validation, and access available for your UMID and Umaryland email on this page in the IDEA Team Knowledgebase.



Step TWO: Residency, Tuition, and Financial Aid

RESIDENCY: All incoming students are deemed as "OUT-OF-STATE" residents for tuition purposes. Please review the Residency FAQs for details.

  • In-State Classification information can be submitted between January 6, 2023 - August 19, 2023. 
  • To qualify for "in-state" status, students must submit an Application for In-State Classification 
  • This form should be submitted no later than August 19, 2023, to the UMB Office of the Registrar:
    • Email:
    • 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 2023-2024 application is March 1, 2023
    • 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 2023-2024 academic year must be submitted within two weeks of acceptance
    • The final deadline for field applications is June 1, 2023
  • 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 2023 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, 2023

  • 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  MSW students are required to complete SOWK 690.OA1 which contains three prerequisites

You can access SOWK 690 (OA1) via Blackboard starting on Thursday, July 6th at noon.  Please note that it will take up to 35 hours to complete all THREE prerequisite modules in this course:

  1. Blackboard Orientation (2 hours) (In Person/Hybrid MSW students can begin the first few steps in the IDEA Knowledgebase.)
  2. Academic Integrity & Anti-Plagiarism Tutorial (2 hours)
  3. A Brief History of Oppression and Resistance (15-30 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.  Completing this course is an assignment for your SOWK 610 (Structural Oppressions and Its Implications for Social Work) and will help prepare you for your coursework here at the School of Social Work. SOWK 690 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 class. 
  • Your instructor will provide additional details. 
  • Most instructors request that you submit your journal entries in the first couple of weeks of class.

*Recognizing that students have different styles of learning and engaging, most students report that it takes 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 to also check in with yourself and prioritize self-care as you need it.

Step SIX: Registration, Important Dates, and Exemption Exams

FALL REGISTRATION: online registration for newly admitted students begins on May 4, 2023, at 6:00 AM Eastern.  Online registration takes place using SURFS and logging in requires using your UMID account information (see STEP ONE above). Course information for Fall 2023 Newly Admitted Students is located here.

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

FALL 2023
August 14 Orientation for New Students
August 18

Online Registration closes for all SSW students 

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

August 21 SSW Classes Begin
October 20 Last Day to Drop a Class
December 8      SSW Classes End

EXEMPTION EXAMS: are available for all newly admitted students and are encouraged for students with a 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 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
Step SEVEN: Orientation, Orientation Videos, and UMB One Card


BALTIMORE: Fall Orientation will be in-person and is scheduled for Monday, August 14, 2023, from 9:00 am – 3:00 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 15, 2023, from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm on the USG campus.  Please note that orientation is mandatory for all incoming students.

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 accommodation is located here
  • Email or call (410) 706-5889

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

Defer Start Term or Decline Admission

DEFER START TERM: if you wish to defer your enrollment please email Associate Dean for Admissions and Enrollment no later than August 11, 2023, and include all of the following:

  • deferral reason
  • deferral status (full-time or part-time)
  • deferral term
  • NOTE: The deferral deadline is August 11, 2023. 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.

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