The goal of the Career Development Center is to prepare students and graduates to enter the social work profession and job market by providing workshops, individual consultation, and transition from campus to career support. Our services are constructed to develop greater self-confidence, expand awareness of career opportunities, and foster connections and networks for effective job search practices.

We are excited to share the results of our survey of recent graduates of our MSW program from December 2021, May 2022, and July 2022. After hearing from 51% of graduates (196 out of 383) as of January 31, 2023, we can share the following information.

  • 99%

    Pass Rate

    99% of respondents who took the LMSW exam passed it

  • $59k+

    Starting Salary

    Average starting salary range for UMSSW alums is $59k-$68k

  • 89%

    Received Salaries Over $50k

    Over 89% of UMSSW alums received starting salaries over $50k

  • 127 of 128 have passed the LMSW exam with 46 planning to take it in the future
  • Over 70% of employers are offering Retirement Benefits
  • Over 84% of employers are offering LMSW Supervision hours
  • Over 88% of employers are offering Paid Time off and Health Insurance
  • 55% of employers are offering $ for CEU's

For more information, check out our Infographic:

2022 First Destination January 2023

Our Team

DAWN SHAFER, LCSW-C (she/they)

Dawn Shafer

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Contact me to discuss career planning and the licensure process (after you explore our online resources) 


Alex Cosentino-Tich

Academic and Career Advisor

Contact me to discuss career planning, resume and cover letter questions, and questions regarding the job board (after you explore our online resources)



Assistant Dean for Student Services

Contact me for financial wellness and student loan forgiveness programs


Theresa Washington

Office Manager

Contact me for questions regarding our April job fair

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