Exemption Exams

Exemption examinations are typically taken in January and May of each year. Individual times may be scheduled by contacting Janice Hicks at jhicks@ssw.umaryland.edu or 410-706-5102.  

Students with strong backgrounds in policy, research, and human behavior, wishing to take more advanced elective credits, are STRONGLY encouraged to take the exemption exam(s). Those who pass the exemption exam(s) must still complete 60 credits to earn the MSW degree. What is changed by successful exemption is the distribution of credits, enabling students to increase the number of elective credits. Students who are exempted from courses should consult the academic advisor for special assistance in program planning.

All entering students are eligible to take exemption examinations for three foundation courses:

SOWK 600—Social Welfare and Social Policy [3 credits]

SOWK  645—Human Behavior and the Social Environment [3 credits]

SOWK 670—Social Work Research [3 credits]