Students Accepted for the Fall 2024 Online MSW Program

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Online MSW program!

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 Nakiya Schurman, Director of the Online MSW Program 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 was March 1, 2024.
      • School code: 002104
Step FOUR: Immunization Requirements and Health Insurance Information

Even as an online student, you must submit immunization documentation to Student Health. Please refer to the provided link here for detailed requirements. 


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

Step FIVE: Set Aside Time to Take Your Summer Prerequisite

Before the first day of classes, you are required to complete SOWK 690.OM1 which contains three prerequisites.  The course will be available in Blackboard on July 7th. 

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)
  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 Maryland.  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 your SOWK 610 (Structural Oppression and Its Implications for Social Work) class 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 SIX: Review Your Fall Courses, Apply for Accomodations and UMB One Card

You will be automatically registered for the following Fall 2024 coursework and SOWK 690 pre-requisite at the end of June:

    • SOWK 600: Social Welfare and Social Policy (Asynchronous, with a mandatory synchronous orientation on Thu Aug 29th from 6-8pm)
    • SOWK 610: Structural Oppression and Its Implications for Social Work Practice (Synchronous, Tues 6-9pm)

Find your textbooks on our UMB Bookstore

Fall courses will be available in Blackboard a week before the Fall semester begins


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 submit your photo in order to recieve an Online Student ID (UMB One Card), as you will need the barcode/one card number to access some online services.  

Step SEVEN: Save the Date for Your Orientation

Orientation will be held virtually on Tuesday, August 20th, 2024 from 6-8pm and is mandatory for all in-coming online MSW students.  Prior to Orientation, please ensure that you have completed all of the steps as listed above. 


Important Dates


FALL 2024
May 31 Last Day to Confirm Admission
August 20 Online Orientation for New Students
August 23

Last Day to Cancel Registration with 100% refund

August 27 First class of SOWK 610 
August 29 Mandatory Orientation for SOWK 600 
December 14 Fall Semester Ends


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