Students Accepted for Online

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Online MSW program for the Fall 2023 semester!  To secure your admission, please read through and complete each of the steps below.   

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 within 3 weeks of the date on your acceptance letter.

  • 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 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 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: Immunization Requirements and Health Insurance 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


  • Full information on Student Health Insurance Plan is available here
  • 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
Step FOUR: Prerequisite Course

Before the first day of classes, you are required to complete SOWK 690 which contains three prerequisites

You can access SOWK 690 (OA1) via Blackboard starting on July 6.  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 Maryland.  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 of weeks of class.
Step FIVE: Fall Courses, Important Dates and UMB One Card

Online MSW Program students will be automatically registered for their Fall 2023 coursework:

  • SOWK 600: Social Welfare and Social Policy
  • SOWK 610: Structural Oppression and Its Implications for Social Work Practice

Courses will be available in Blackboard usually a week before classes begin:


FALL 2023
August 15 Orientation for New Students
August 18

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


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 SIX: Orientation

Orientation will be held virtually on Tuesday, August 15th, 2023 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. 


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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