Applicants with International Credentials

An applicant with international education credentials must provide the Office of Admissions with a document that translates the credentials into English, provides a course by course evaluation of the degree for equivalency to a U.S bachelor's degree. Respected sources for the required documentation include World Education Services, The Knowledge Company, and Educational Credential Evaluators.

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for non-US Citizens who:

-have not been in the country for four years or

-have a non-U.S. educational background

International Applicants Must Provide

Application Fee $65 (non-refundable) OR Fee Waiver

Personal Statement/Essay Questions Respond to the prompted questions required by the selected application type.

Two References  All applicants are required to submit two professional references, usually including professors, employers, supervisors, professional colleagues, and community associates.

Resume All applicants are required to submit a chronological resume of two pages or less. Be sure to include paid or volunteer experience, internships and/or field placements.

Official transcript(s) International transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited service.

Official transcript(s) can be submitted to the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope as prepared by the sending institution OR as an official electronic transcript sent to your respective admissions counselor.

Based on the first letter of your last name, please send electronic transcripts to:

A-K      Natalie Flowers     

L-Z       Shannon DeGross  

Use the following address for ALL postal submissions:

University of Maryland School of Social Work
Office of Admissions
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579




Exemptions from English Language Proficiency Requirement

Individuals who have received a degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or a nationally recognized university in one of the countries on the list below do not need to submit an English proficiency exam. Complete, official transcripts and a copy of the diploma from said college/university are required.
Students who are citizens of any of the countries on the list below and whose total education (primary – tertiary) was conducted in English are not required to take an English proficiency exam:
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Canada (English-speaking, i.e. not Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grand Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • South Africa (English-speaking, i.e. not Afrikaans)
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • The Bahamas
  • The British Virgin Islands - St. Kitts & Nevis, Anguilla
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Any individual that does not meet the above criteria, but who believes that s/he should be exempt from the English language proficiency requirement for whatever reason(s), must provide a written appeal to the Dean of Admissions.  The appeal must include a rationale for the request specifically addressing length of stay in the US, prior work and educational experiences here, and any prior English language assessments and/or instruction.  A recent CV or resume is also highly recommended.