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 2022, May 2023, and July 2023. After hearing from 41% of graduates (141 out of 343) as of September 25, 2023, we can share the following information.

  • 98%

    Accepted Job Offer

    Accepted a job offer within 3 months of graduation

  • $60k+

    Starting Salary

    Average starting salary range for UMSSW alums is $62k-$68k

  • 76%

    Received Salaries Over $60k

    Over 76% of UMSSW alums received starting salaries over $60k

  • 117 of 118 have passed the LMSW exam with 22 planning to take it in the future
  • Over 89% of employers are offering LMSW Supervision hours
  • Over 84% of employers are offering Paid Time off and Health Insurance
  • Over 74% of employers are offering Retirement Benefits
  • 59% of employers are offering $ for CEU's

For more information, check out our Infographic:

2023 First Destination September 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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