Social Work

MSW Program

Welcome to one of the top social work programs in the country for those interested in studying clinical social work, human services management, and community organization. Our exciting 60-credit master’s degree is divided between 24 foundation credits and 36 advanced credits, where students can choose from a rich curriculum of advanced courses and become the leaders of tomorrow. We will educate you to face the challenges of the future —whether it is helping adults and children struggling with emotional and adjustment issues, working side-by-side with community residents to improve their neighborhoods, or guiding human service agencies to better serve the needs of their clients.

In your Advanced Year, you have the choice between the Clinical concentration and the Management and Community Organization concentration (MACRO). It is also possible to combine the two in a course of study that allows for a primary and secondary concentration. In addition, you will choose a specialization or field of practice that will focus your work in a particular area of study within the concentration.

These fields of practice are:
Families and Children
Mental Health
Community Action & Social Policy

Employee Assistance Program
Child, Adolescent, and Family Health

Sample Plans of Study

Learning Opportunities at The Universities at Shady Grove

The foundation year is offered at Shady Grove on a full-time and part-time basis. Currently classes are available during the day, on Wednesdays and Fridays. Students take their remaining courses at the exciting and vibrant campus in Baltimore. There are also a limited number of courses available on the web each semester. 

For additional information about the UMB Masters of Social Work program at the Universities at Shady Grove, please consider attending one of our open houses or information sessions.  You can also contact the Program Coordinator or Admissions Staff.

Applying to our program

We admit students to our program in the Fall and Spring each year. Information about application deadlines and program requirements can be accessed on our admissions home page.


In addition to the master's of social work, the School offers four dual-degree programs: the MSW/MBA with the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business; the MSW/JD with the University's School of Law; the MSW/MA (Jewish Studies) with the Baltimore Hebrew University; and the MSW/MPH with the University of Maryland School of Medicine or The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

We also offer a one-year Advanced Standing Program for many students entering with a BSW degree from an accredited program.

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