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MSW Program

Applications for the 2016-17 academic year are now being accepted. Learn more about our MSW and PhD programs at the links provided.  If you are looking for information on the BSW program available at UMBC, please click here.


MSW Deadlines

Deadlines to apply for the MSW program can be found here. 


PhD students

PhD students can get information on the program and learn more about the application process here.

Jordan DeVylder and Meshan Lehmann published in Schizophrenia Research


Assistant Professor Jordan DeVylder and MSW student Meshan Lehmann, with Fang-pei Chen of National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published an article entitled "Social and Clinical Correlates of the Persistence of Psychotic Experiences in the General Population" in Schizophrenia Research. The article can be found online at

UM SSW PhD Program


The mission of the School of Social Work’s Doctor of Philosophy program is to prepare graduates to conduct interdisciplinary research and become exemplary social work scholars and educators.

The School is ranked 16th in the nation by U.S.News & World Report and our financial aid and stipend packages make us a "first choice" among many PhD applicants. Learn More.



PhD Candidate Bessaha Awarded Fellowship

‌PhD Candidate, Melissa Bessaha, was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and provided through the Council on Social Work Educations Minority Fellowship Program (MFP).

The MFP is a competitive program designed to support racial and ethnic minority social work doctoral students with career goals to provide leadership in serving underrepresented and underserved populations with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

The MFP provides fellows with financial support, professional development training, and mentorship.‌

Convocation 2015


UM SSW Convocation Information For 2015 May (Spring) and July (Summer) Graduates

(Decmeber 2014 graduates are also eligible to take part and be honored)

When:  Friday, May 15, 2015

Where:  Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric - 140 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

Time: 9 AM -- Doors to the Lyric open at 8 AM. Tickets are limited to 4 per graduate as space is limited.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore's Commencement ceremony begins at the Royal Farms Arena at 2 p.m. the same day.  There is no limit to the number of family members and friends that can attend the afternoon event.

Convocation Homepage

Continuing Professional Education

Are you ready to Bloom in your social work career? The Fall 2015 Bloom catalog of continuing education opportunities at the School is now available online! Register early for best selection!

Out-of-School Time and African American Students

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Nadine Finigan-Carr, PhD, Research Assistant Professor in the Ruth Young Center and Yolanda Abel, EdD at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education are guest editors of the most recent issue of the Journal of Negro Education. 






The SSW's Institute for Innovation and Implementation has been awarded a 3-year, $2-million Thrive@25 Phase II Implementation Grant to "Develop A Model Intervention for Youth/Young Adults With Child Welfare Involvement At-Risk of Homelessness."

Thrive@25 is Maryland's approach to ending homelessness for youth involved with the child welfare system and with child welfare histories.

This special issue focuses on Understanding the Health, Environmental, and Social Determinants of Academic Success of African American Students. Among the articles in the journal is one by Dr Finigan-Carr written using focus group data from the Promise Heights Initiative. That specific article titled: "You Can't Help a Child if You Don't Know Something Yourself: A Qualitative Study of Barriers to Education in an Underserved West Baltimore Community" was co-authored with colleagues from the School of Pharmacy, Matthew Uretsky, Doctoral Student in the School of Social Work and Bronwyn Mayden, Director of Promise Heights.


Nalini Negi - Visiting Scholar

SSW Associate Professor Nalini Negi, PhD was invited by UNC-Duke's Working Group on Gender, Migration and Health to be a Visiting Scholar based on her research expertise with a hard to reach population of undocumented Latino migrant day laborers from November 18- 20, 2015.

The Working Group on Migration, Gender, and Health at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is a transdisciplinary group including members from schools of public health, public policy and social medicine. Every year, they receive funding to host a visiting scholar whose research expertise can expand intellectual discussion and generate thoughts and research ideas.

During her visit, Dr. Negi conducted a Duke-UNC wide presentation about her work as well as smaller methods workshops and one-on-one meetings with working group members. Further, a special event was organized in a local grassroots organization, El Centro Hispano which has recently opened a day labor center: the "Center for Employment and Leadership."




Through your generosity, the School of Social Work is impacting lives and helping to change the communities and world we live in.  Through simple gifts, scholarships, and endowments, your support truly makes a difference.  To learn more about giving to the SSW, please visit our online giving site and make your gift today. There is no amount too small and all gifts are appreciated!  





Event Videos

Sex Trafficking, Philippines and Maryland Perspectives

This event took place April 14 at the SSW

Watch the presentation here.


Presented April 20th at the SSW by Dean Richard Barth

Watch the presentation here.


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