MSW Program Overview
Welcome to the University of Maryland School of Social Work, one of the nation’s largest and most respected schools of social work.  The Master of Social Work is a 60-credit degree that can be earned in two, three, or four years.  The MSW program prepares students to become licensed in any state to practice social work as a MSW graduate.  The University of Maryland School of Social Work offers the MSW program in two locations – our main campus in Baltimore City and an off-campus program at The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland.

MSW Program at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG)
At USG, we offer the complete MSW degree program for students interested in the Clinical Concentration. Students in this concentration will develop assessment and intervention skills to work with families, youth, and adults in mental health, health care, substance abuse, child welfare, and educational settings.

One of the distinctive components of the MSW program is the field placement experience where students practice and refine skills learned in class.  For MSW students at USG, field placement opportunities are available in Montgomery, Prince George's, and Frederick Counties, and the District of Columbia.

For additional information about the USG program please visit our FAQ page.

Applying to the MSW Program at USG
Students applying for the USG program can start in the Spring semester (part-time) or in the Fall semester (full-time or part-time).  Applications are submitted online from September through the March deadline. Applicants with a BSW degree can apply for Advanced Standing for the fall (full-time or part-time) or spring (part-time) semester at USG. The admissions criteria and deadlines are the same for students applying to take classes at the USG and Baltimore campuses. To learn more about the University of Maryland MSW program at USG, please consider attending one of our information sessions.


I truly appreciate the combination of our academic courses and field work. It is a unique experience to be able to learn about a theory or a skill and then practice it out in the real world setting. This type of learning experience makes me feel prepared and excited to start my career as a clinical social worker.
Josline Ali-Napo