- COMPLETED ONLINE GRADUATE APPLICATION
- PERSONAL STATEMENT
In 3-5 typewritten, double-spaced pages, please address the following points in separate sections using the section headers identified below.
- Interest and Background in Social Work. Describe your interest and background in the social work profession, including any
personal, professional and/or volunteer experiences. If you are employed in a social
service agency, describe what has compelled you to pursue a graduate social work education.
How would a graduate social work education enhance your practice? If you have prepared
for or been employed in another field, discuss your rationale for pursuing a graduate
social work degree.
- Experience. Drawing from your life experience, provide an example of a time when you interacted
with someone from a vulnerable or oppressed population. What was significant to you
about that experience?
- Social Work Values. Describe a mentor or role model that impacted your life in a meaningful way and provide
a specific example of how the individual interacted with you or behaved in a way that
embodies social work values. In reflecting on this example, discuss what steps you
would need to take in order to demonstrate similar leadership or mentorship qualities.
- Self-Awareness. Identify a time you’ve encountered a life obstacle and discuss how you managed the
- Graduate Assistantship. If you are interested in being considered for a Graduate Assistantship position within
the Graduate Social Work Department, please identify a faculty member whose research
interests you and explain how your experience will contribute to their work. Learn
about faculty members.
- MSW Preparation - ADVANCED STANDING APPLICANTS ONLY. In no more than one page, included at the end of your personal statement, answer the
following question: What kind of preparation do you hope to gain from a graduate social
work education and what is your perception of the contrast with your BSW education?
- LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
- 2-year (full-time), 3-year and 4-year Regular Standing Applicants: Three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference (from undergraduate
studies or another graduate program) and one work-related reference (internship, job,
or community service). The third letter is the applicant’s choice, but should be from
someone with whom you have a professional relationship.
- Advanced Standing Applicants: Three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference (from undergraduate
studies or another graduate program) and one work-related (internship, job, or community
service) reference. The third letter is the applicant’s choice, but one of the three letters must be from an MSW (including LCSW/LSW) who can evaluate the applicant’s performance in field placement
(field supervisor, practice professor) and can speak to the applicant’s preparedness
for the Advanced Standing program.lacement.
- OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
Applicant must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended,
including post-graduate work. Official transcripts should be emailed to the Office
of Graduate Studies email@example.com.
Applicants who are admitted to the program prior to completing a bachelor’s degree
are required to submit final, official copies of all transcripts prior to matriculation.
Transcripts must provide confirmation of degree conferred.
- Pre-requisite Requirements
Transcripts must provide proof of satisfactory completion (a grade of at least C)
of liberal arts core requirements:
- 3 credits humanities (art, literature, philosophy)
- 3 credits in United States history or political science
- 6 credits in math/science (statistics, computer science, astronomy, biology, physics,
- 6 credits in social science (anthropology, psychology, sociology, economics, women's
- 3 credits in writing
In certain cases, prerequisite work may be done during the course of the MSW Program
with special permission from the MSW Program Director or Graduate Coordinator. If
two or more prerequisites are lacking, those courses should be taken before applying.
Applicant may be asked to participate in a telephone interview.
GRE examinations and other aptitude tests are NOT required.
- Education, including all academic highlights including research, scholarships, conferences,
presentations, and publications
- Volunteer, community, sports, and extracurricular involvement
- Certifications and professional development
Students seeking to transfer to the MSW Program are required to meet the criteria
for admission and follow the application procedures. Students applying to transfer
from another CSWE-accredited social work program are also required to have one of
the academic references be from the program director in the program from which the
applicant is transferring, and must address the academic standing in that program.
A minimum grade of B is required for transfer credit. Transfer credits are subject
to review and approval by the MSW Program director.