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Master of Social Work Admission

Application Deadlines

  • November 1 Early decision for all stateside, Salisbury campus, satellite, and online option applications
  • January 15 Winter review deadline for all stateside, Salisbury campus, satellite, and online option applications
  • February 15 Spring review deadline for all stateside, Salisbury campus, satellite, and online option applications
  • March 15Final deadline for all stateside, Salisbury campus, satellite, and online option applications  (no extensions provided – incomplete applications will be rolled to the following fall)

Follow our Application Checklist to guide you through the process.

Note: University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is now known as University of Maryland Global College (UMGC), and University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (USMSM) is now known as Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC).

Application Prerequisites

Application Requirements

Application assessment is made on the basis of the applicant’s academic performance and background, social work and related work experience, personal qualifications, references and indications of a commitment to the profession. Additionally, applicants should have interests or life experiences appropriate to the practice of professional social work.

Admission to the program requires applicants to complete an Application for Graduate Admission at Salisbury University – visit the Graduate Studies Office for details – and the following program-specific requirements:

  • Attach a current resume with work and volunteer experience detailed.
  • Submit a detailed statement covering a question detailed here:
    • Traditional M.S.W. Application Prompt: Please prepare one detailed statement covering the questions below. Please do not omit any questions. Your personal statement should be a minimum of two pages, no more than three pages, typed, double-spaced and in 12-point font. Please use the number and its associated topic area (in bold and underlined) as headings when completing your personal statement.
      • Social Work Knowledge: Discuss your motivation for choosing the social work profession and how it connects to your current and long term career goals.
      • Respect for Diversity: Identify the experiences you have had which make you feel that you can work effectively with people from diverse populations (religious, racial, ethnic, disability, socio-economic, gender, and sexual orientation differences). Also describe any difficulties you might have when working as a social worker with any of the diverse populations. Be specific.
    • Advanced Standing M.S.W. Application Prompt: Please prepare one detailed statement covering the questions below. Please do not omit any questions. Your personal statement should be a minimum of three pages, no more than four pages, typed, double-spaced, and in 12-point font. Please use the number and associated topic area (in bold and underlined) as headings when completing your personal statement.
      • Critical Thinking and Social Work Knowledge: We all face challenges in our own lives and our job as social workers is to help our clients address their problems. Please discuss a time when you, at your job/internship or in a volunteer capacity, worked to assist someone address a problem. Describe the individual's problem. Discuss how you assisted them in addressing and resolving the problem as a professional or volunteer. Identify the specific skills and information you learned from your undergraduate social work education that aided you in addressing the problem. Identify the outcome of the problem and what you learned from the experience.
      • Respect for Diversity: Write about your experiences working with diverse populations (religious, racial, ethnic, disability, socio-economic, gender, and sexual orientation differences). Which issues and populations do you find particularly challenging? How have you handled those challenges in the past, or what would you like to learn to handle those challenges more effectively in the future?
    • Letter of Recommendation Instructions: IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. Be sure to enter the following information for each of your recommenders: Name, address, email address, phone number, institution or employer and title.
      • It is extremely important to enter your recommender's email address correctly so they receive the automated email instructing them how to proceed with their recommendation through the online process.
      • Mark the waiver statement for each recommender you enter. If you do not check the waiver statement, many recommenders will not complete the recommendation process for you.
      • If recommenders experience technical difficulties, they should contact our online application vendor by clicking on the link given in the e-mail they received about the online recommendation process or by clicking on the Help Link at the top right of the first page in their Letters of Recommendation account page.
      • After your recommender submits the online recommendation, the recommendation will become part of your application. Applicants are welcome to submit additional letters of recommendation, and any letter of recommendation included with the application will remain with the applicant's file for review.
      • If your program of study is Traditional full-time, Traditional part-time, Traditional
        Online or Traditional Satellite program applicants, the recommended three contacts should compromise of the following:
        • One recommendation from a college professor
        • One recommendation from your current or most recent direct supervisor
        • One recommendation from a coworker, previous supervisor, internship supervisor, or volunteer coordinator.
        • Please do not invite friends or family to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf as they will not meet reference criteria.

You will be asked to mark the waiver statement for each recommender you enter into the online application. If you do not check the waiver statement, many recommenders will not complete the recommendation process for you.

Waiver - you must choose whether or not to waive your right to review the recommendation. Your choice will be transmitted to the recommender in the instructional email your recommender will receive. Once you have submitted your application, you cannot change the waiver decision

  • If your program of study is Advanced Standing full-time, Advanced Standing part-
    time, Advanced Standing Online or Advanced Standing Satellite program applicants, the recommended four contacts should compromise of the following:
    • One recommendation from a college professor
    • One recommendation from your current or most recent direct supervisor. You can also substitute a second college professor in place of an employer.
    • One recommendation from your field education supervisor from your undergraduate field education agency.
    • One recommendation from your field education liaison who taught your most recent field education course.
    • Advanced Standing applicants submit their final field evaluation from their undergraduate field education experience.

You will be asked to mark the waiver statement for each recommender you enter into the online application. If you do not check the waiver statement, many recommenders will not complete the recommendation process for you.

Waiver - you must choose whether or not to waive your right to review the recommendation. Your choice will be transmitted to the recommender in the instructional email your recommender will receive. Once you have submitted your application, you cannot change the waiver decision.

If you or your respondent have technical difficulty with the online letter of recommendation system, please contact CollegeNet directly at the following email address: help@applyweb.com. It may be necessary to provide CollegeNet with your user id and/or the name of the applicant or respondent. You may track the status of the online recommendations submitted through your GullNet account after your application is submitted to Salisbury University.

Licensure

Once you have completed your degree program in social work, you need to prepare for the licensing exam. To practice as a social worker in the U.S., you must be licensed.

Additional Admission Information