Public Policy and Social Work (BSWP)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Public Policy


The School of Public Policy is one of the nation’s leading graduate programs devoted to the study of public policy, management and international affairs, with particular expertise in the fields of environmental policy, energy policy, international development, international security and economic policy, health policy, education policy, social policy, non-profit management, public management and leadership,acquisitions, and public finance. The School offers a wide variety of master’s programs, joint degree programs, graduate certificate programs, and one of the nation’s premier doctorate programs. The School’s location just outside of Washington, D.C. attracts a stellar faculty of scholar-practitioners who are experts in the theory and practice of public policy and management and influential participants in the nation’s policy-making process. The location and faculty in turn attract outstanding students by providing them, not only an in-depth, rich curriculum, but extensive exposure to and interaction with the real-life world of policy-making, the federal government, the international diplomatic community, state and local governments, and a host of non-governmental and multinational organizations. It is one of the few policy schools to combine state, national and international policy study under one roof, and to take into account policy interests in all sectors of the economy, thus allowing both faculty and students to study the full range of issues in all courses and in all research.


School of Public Policy
Graduate Admissions

1237 Thurgood Marshall Hall
7805 Regents Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.6331


Courses: PLCY



  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Optional: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • CV/Resume
  • Supplementary Application
  • M.S.W. Application: Applicants must apply to the M.P.P. and M.S.W. programs separately and be accepted by both programs.
  • Social Work (MSW) Admissions Requirements: applicants should check with the University of Maryland School of Social Work

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website.


Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents May 17, 2024 December 6, 2023
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants March 15, 2024 September 29, 2023