Application Instructions

Applying for MSW Admission

Welcome! We are excited to learn of your interest in the MSW Program at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. You are strongly encouraged to apply online. You will find our online application process both easy and convenient.

If you have not already done so, please review our admissions catalog for more complete information on the School of Social Work and complete, detailed instructions on the application process, deadlines, etc.  For complete admission requirements, click here.

Please read all instructions below before beginning your online application. Applications are comprised of two components: 1. Application Submission and 2. Completion of all Supplemental Items. 

Fee Waiver Information

What is the program and how does it work?
A fee waiver is a tool the University of Maryland School of Social Work uses to recruit members and alumni of:

 1) Americorps, 2) Peace Corps, 3) McNair/TRIO ,4) Fulbright, and 5) Veterans/Active Military.

 If awarded, fee waivers allow you to submit your application without submiting any payment. Fee waivers must be approved by submitting proper documentation (see below) for the application type you are submitting.  If a fee waiver is denied, you will be notified and payment in the form of credit card, check, or money order will be required to submit your application. 

Prospective applicants must provide the following information to the admissions office:
-- Your legal name, address, phone number(s), email address, and any other pertinent contact information.
-- Include a copy of your acceptance letter into Americorps, Peace Corps, McNair/TRIO, Fulbright, or Veterans/Active Military. (Veterans need to submit a copy of their DD214 form while active duty members need to provide written proof of their current service).

Submit proper documentation to your Admissions Counselor via email based on the first letter of your last name (see below). Invitation letters will NOT be accepted as proper documentation.

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

MSW Application Categories (Please Review to Select Accurate MSW Application Type)

Foundation (Baltimore) is the designation for all students applying to the program for the full 60 credits.

Foundation Shady Grove is the designation for all students wishing to complete the 60 credit MSW program at the Universities at Shady Grove location.  This is only available to students concentrating in Clinical and specializing in either Behavioral Health or Families and Children. 

Transfer (Baltimore) is the designation available ONLY to students who are or have been enrolled in another MSW program. All transfer students should apply as Foundation even though you may be awarded enough credits to be considered an advanced student. Transfer students may ONLY apply to the Baltimore campus.

Advanced Standing (Baltimore) is the designation available ONLY to students who received their Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) degree within the last 5 years. No other credentials allow students to apply for the Advanced Standing program. Advanced Standing applicants who wish to attend the Baltimore campus must complete this application.

Advanced Standing Shady Grove is the designation available ONLY to students who received their Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) degree within the last 5 years wishing to complete the 60 credit MSW program at the Universities at Shady Grove location. This is only available to students concentrating in Clinical and specializing in Behavioral Health or Families and Children who enter the Spring semester only.  No Advanced Standing applications will be accepted at USG for the Fall semester.

Term refers to the semester/year to which you are applying (i.e. Spring/Fall 2021).

**Applicants may only submit one application for each admission cycle (Spring/Fall of upcoming year).

Important Reminders for MSW Applicants

Official transcripts may be mailed or submitted electronically directly to your assigned Admissions Counselor. If the electronic option is not offered by your school's electronic transcript processing system, you will need to request to have your transcript mailed to the following address.

 University of Maryland School of Social Work                                                                                                         Attn: Office of Admissions                                                                                                                                             525 West Redwood Street                                                                                                                                         Baltimore, MD 21201

Please note: ALL transcripts from the University of Maryland College Park must be mailed. Do NOT use the electronic option. 

Official electronic transcripts must be sent directly to your Admissions Counselor's email address by your school's electronic transcript processing system.                                                                                                       

Based on the first letter of your last name.

 Last names starting with (A-K) - Senior Admissions Counselor, Natalie Flowers                                                 (nflowers@ssw.umaryland.edu)

 Last names starting with (L-Z) - Senior Admissions Counselor, Shannon DeGross                                             (sdegross@ssw.umaryland.edu)                                                                                     

Please clearly identify yourself through use of your complete full legal name and social security number where appropriate when submitting application material by mail.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions, we invite you to email your Admissions Counselor. Comments and suggestions are carefully reviewed.