Maryland Social Work Programs and Degrees Guide

To become a licensed social worker in Maryland you must have a social work degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). If you are considering a career in social work, you will find many social work schools in Maryland meet the licensing requirements and offer a variety of practice specializations. Maryland social work programs are typically offered through traditional classroom-based study; however, Salisbury University offers both Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees online.

Quick Facts

  • 10 schools offering social work programs in Maryland are in our database (see below)
  • Of the social work schools in Maryland, none offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 9 offer bachelor’s degrees, and 3 offer a master’s or advanced degree1
  • 2 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 20182
  • 3 schools ranked in US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs in 20183
  • No schools ranked in Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs in 20184
  • Across 9 schools, 11 bachelor’s and master’s social work degree programs in Maryland are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)5

Top-Ranked Schools with Social Work Programs in Maryland

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (#60 in-state, #53 out-of-state)
  • Salisbury University (#98 in-state, #77 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs 2018

  • University of Maryland-?Baltimore (#17 tie)
  • Morgan State University (#128 tie)
  • Salisbury University (#174 tie)

Schools with Social Work Programs Accredited by the CSWE

  • Bowie State University
  • Coppin State University
  • Frostburg State University
  • Hood College
  • McDaniel College
  • Morgan State University
  • Salisbury University
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Schools in Maryland with Social Work Degree Programs

BSW and Other Undergraduate Programs

Hood College

Hood College, located in Frederick, is a private liberal arts college offering a CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW). Every student at the university must complete the core liberal arts curriculum, which includes courses in English, the arts, humanities, and physical science, with a minimum 2.0 GPA. The Hood College Department of Sociology and Social Work’s BASW curriculum teaches students about social welfare systems, human behavior, and social policy. In the final year of the program, all students complete at least 500 hours of supervised field education to develop generalist practice skills in an area related to their future professional goals. The school also offers a minor in criminology, with courses in forensic social work and juvenile delinquency, that can be combined with the social work major. US News & World Report ranked Hood College #29 among regional universities in the North in 2016.

Salisbury University

Salisbury University’s Social Work Department has offered an accredited BSW degree since 1974. The social work program teaches students generalist social work skills through coursework and a field education placement. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who helps the student choose appropriate courses and placements based on their individual needs and career goals. All students must earn at least a “C” grade in the liberal arts core courses (psychology, sociology, biology, and math) and the social work core courses (social welfare, interviewing, and human behavior) in order to continue in the program in the junior and senior years. Salisbury University also offers a dual degree in social work and sociology in collaboration with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Students in this program can obtain both degrees in four years of full-time study. In 2016, the university was ranked #18 among public schools in the North by US News & World Report.

MSW and Other Graduate Programs

University of Maryland, Baltimore

The MSW program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore is CSWE-accredited and offers either a clinical or macro concentration. Students at UMaryland Baltimore’s School of Social Work can also choose a specialization from Aging, Behavioral Health, Community Actions & Social Policy, Families & Children, and Health, or complete a dual degree in public health, business, law, or leadership in Jewish education and service. Students complete two field education placements: One in the first year of the program focusing on generalist skills and another placement in the second year of the program focusing on the concentration and specialization skills. The university offers many opportunities for students interested in international social work. Special courses are often planned in locations throughout Africa, Asia, or Central America and international field education placements are available in London, England, and Cochin, India. US News recently ranked the university’s graduate school of social work in a tie for 16th place among all social work graduate schools in the country.

Morgan State University

Morgan State University, located in Baltimore, offers CSWE-accredited BSW and MSW degrees as well as a PhD in social work. Morgan State University’s School of Social Work’s MSW curriculum focuses on social work in urban areas and macro-level social justice practice and advocacy. The MSW is a two-year program; in the second year, students choose a specialization from among Urban Children, Youth and Families, Gerontology, School Social Work, or Public Health Social Work. Admission to the MSW program is competitive; students must have an undergraduate degree with a 3.0 GPA, a personal statement, and three references. Candidates who have a GPA between 2.5 and 2.9 may be conditionally accepted to the program. Individuals interested in child welfare social work practice may be eligible for tuition assistance through the Public Child Welfare Program. In 2016 Morgan State University was ranked #19 by US News & World Report in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities category, a designation recognized by the US Department of Education.

Accreditation Information for Maryland Social Work Schools

School Name Graduation Rate1 Transfer-Out Rate1 Associate’s SW Program Bachelor’s SW Program Graduate SW Program CSWE Accredited5 US News Best Social Work Grad Schools Ranking3 Net Price*1
Bowie State University 33% 27% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $11,663
Coppin State University 18% 22% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $9,407
Frostburg State University 49% 30% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $12,952
Hood College 71% 21% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $23,850
McDaniel College 68% 15% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $22,917
Morgan State University 32% 18% No Yes Yes Yes #128 tie $14,654
Salisbury University 66% 18% No Yes Yes Yes #174 tie $16,683
University of Maryland, Baltimore N/A N/A No Yes Yes Yes #17 tie N/A
University of Maryland-Baltimore County 61% 25% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $14,137
Washington Adventist University 40% N/A No Yes No No Not Ranked $17,055

*The net price is calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics by subtracting the average amount of aid (including grants and scholarships) from the total published cost of attendance for in-state/in-district students, which includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses. To gain a better understanding of how to interpret the statistics discussed in this table, see our list of important definitions.

Directory of Maryland Social Work School Programs

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Schools with an asterisk (*) have programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Bowie State University*
14000 Jericho Park Rd
Bowie, MD 20715-9465
(301) 860-4000

Coppin State University*
2500 West North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21216-3698
(410) 951-3000

Frostburg State University*
101 Braddock Rd
Frostburg, MD 21532-1099
(301) 687-4000

Hood College*
401 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 663-3131

McDaniel College*
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 848-7000

Morgan State University*
1700 E Cold Spring Ln
Baltimore, MD 21251-0001
(443) 885-3333

Salisbury University*
1101 Camden Ave
Salisbury, MD 21801-6862
(410) 543-6000

Student Review: “Salisbury University’s Bachelor of Social Work program has been incredibly rewarding. As a satellite student, I was able to attend hybrid classes at a times convenient for non-traditional students like myself, allowing me to continue working full time. My academic advisor and field placement coordinator worked with me to find a position that would suit my interests and goals, and I have had wonderful hands-on learning experiences. The professors I have had have been interesting and engaged, and found creative activities to challenge our critical thinking skills. The coursework, particularly within the final semesters, were rigorous and I feel prepared to sit for my licensure exam and begin working with clients. One area in which improvement could be made would be recruiting students, faculty, and staff from more diverse backgrounds and cultures. The coursework strives to incorporate cultural competence and diversity, yet my classmates and professors have been relatively culturally-homogenous.” – Student at Salisbury University

University of Maryland-Baltimore*
620 W Lexington St
Baltimore, MD 21201-1627
(410) 706-3100

Student Review: “My experience at my university’s social work program was amazing. I had the chance to work with lots of influential people in the field and also had the opportunity to do social work internships and work with kids that were not getting the proper care they needed at home. My program was quite rigorous and involved a lot of work outside of the class setting, including internships and working with kids from different families and kids with behavioral issues, academic issues, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at University of Maryland and am glad I chose to do social work. I think this field is very under appreciated, but I am glad to be helping those individuals who need it most.” – Student at University of Maryland

University of Maryland-Baltimore County*
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
(410) 455-1000

Student Review: “I enjoyed my professors in the program, but I didn’t feel like it was as challenging as other programs. UMBC is a STEAM-heavy school, so they aren’t as focused on the humanities. This is especially hard on social work, as we were already a small program and almost considered an offshoot of UMB (the graduate school) instead of our own actual program. I felt the field placement team worked very hard to find suitable placements and loved having seminars monthly to discuss what was working and not working at field. Overall, I wouldn’t suggest it as a terminal degree program — I think another school would do a BSW better– but it did prepare me well to go into an advanced standing program.” – Student at University of Maryland-Baltimore County

University of Maryland University College
1616 McCormick Dr
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
(410) 706-7790

Student Review: “My academic career at UMUC majoring in Social Work/Psychology was all over the board in terms of ratings. My likes included some of the most educated and experienced teachers in the field of social work and counseling psychology. I loved learning from someone who knew what they were teaching on a professional level. My dislikes included some teachers that were impossible to work with and no support or complaint box to file in. The opportunity the school gives active duty military and people at different stages in life is priceless. But having even one of the terrible teachers comes at a steep price.” – Student at University of Maryland University College

Washington Adventist University
7600 Flower Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 891-4000

Schools with an asterisk (*) have programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-private-colleges/index.php?table=all
3. US News & World Report Social Work Best Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/social-work-rankings
4. Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs 2018: /degrees/masters/online/
5. Council on Social Work Education: https://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Directory-of-Accredited-Programs.aspx