Social Work (B.A.)

Program Information

UMBC's B.A. degree in Social Work prepares students for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities at the beginning level. Students learn a range of skills and helping techniques that will enable them to intervene effectively in addressing social problems.

The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, a national organization founded to promote and improve the quality of education in social work. Based on this accreditation, students are assured that the quality of education at UMBC meets national standards and prepares them for employment at the bachelor's level, for graduate study and for meeting the various state licensing and employment requirements for social work practice. Graduates qualify to take the state examination to become licensed social work associates in the State of Maryland.

Graduates of the UMBC program are successful in the job market, as well as in graduate school. Alumni are employed in various human-service positions with federal, state and local governments, as well as with nonprofit agencies, corporations, health care organizations and hospitals.

The undergraduate social work major at UMBC is affiliated with the University of Maryland School of Social Work. As such, students completing the social work major at UMBC with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in their final 60 credits may be eligible for consideration for advanced standing in the master's degree program in the School of Social Work.

Completion of the accredited program at UMBC also qualifies graduates for consideration for admission to all accredited master's degree social work programs in the United States. Social work builds on and is integrated with a liberal arts base that includes knowledge in the humanities and the social, behavioral and biological sciences. The course of study in social work at UMBC includes social work practice methods, social welfare policy and services, human behavior and the social environment, statistics and social research, and participation in direct services through an intensive field-work experience in a community based social service department or agency.

For more information, please contact Program Director Katherine (Katie) Morris, LCSW-C at 301-738-6312 or

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