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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!

SSW Awarded Major Implementation Grant

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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.

Fully supportive of the goals and strategies of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH’s) Framework to End Youth Homelessness, Thrive@25 seeks to build the capacity of Maryland's child welfare system to prevent homelessness among the most at-risk youth with child welfare involvement. Led by The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, in partnership with the Department of Human Resources (State child welfare & social services agency), the Talbot County Department of Social Services on behalf of the five local departments of social services on the rural Mid-Shore, and the National Center on Housing and Child Welfare, Thrive@25 will install, implement, refine and evaluate an intervention model that is grounded in implementation science, Positive Youth Development, and a commitment to trauma-informed care to improve four core outcomes: stable housing, permanent connections, education/employment, and social-emotional well-being.

The project is funded by a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau.

Faculty & Staff News


Jodi Jacobson Frey - Co-Editor-in-Chief

Associate Professor Jodi Jacobson Frey serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health and the first issue under her guidance has been published.

Also serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Beverly Younger, a clinical associate professor and chair of the Social Work & Business in a Global Society concentration at the University of Southern California School of Social Work.

Read their "Letter from the Editors" at




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.


<December 2015>

Trending at the SSW

UMB Holiday Craft Fair

UMB Holiday Craft Fair, Friday, December 4 from 11 AM to 2:30 PM in the SMC Campus Center

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