Applicant Statement Instructions

This statement must be submitted with your application for admission. Please upload to the graduate education student portal as a “Statement of purpose/intent”.

The statement is one of the most important pieces of your application. It helps us see how you think about social work and your role in the profession as well as your ability to write on a graduate level so give yourself plenty of time to think about the content and revise your writing.

Provide one, 3 page (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) essay that addresses ALL of the following. Include your name on the document.

  • Describe a current societal problem and how you might address this problem as a future MSW trained social worker.
  • Describe how your personal and intellectual qualifications, past human service experience and/or future goals are relevant to addressing the problem you describe as well as in assisting the most economically and social disadvantaged groups in our society as a whole. Please use specific examples.
  • The NASW Code of Ethics includes the following statement:

    “Social workers treat each person in a caring and respectful fashion, mindful of individual differences and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers promote clients’ socially responsible self-determination. Social workers seek to enhance clients’ capacity and opportunity to change and to address their own needs. Social workers are cognizant of their dual responsibility to clients and to the broader society. They seek to resolve conflicts between clients’ interest and the broader society’s interests in a socially responsible manner consistent with the values, ethical principles, and ethical standards of the profession.”

    Discuss how your personal values and beliefs are or are not compatible with this professional standard. At some point in your career, you are likely to face conflicts between your personal values and the requirement of the profession. How will you reconcile these conflicts?