Social Work

Graduate Program

Personal & Professional Statement

You must include a Personal and Professional Statement in your application packet.  The Personal and Professional Statement will be used to evaluate your critical thinking, self-reflective capacities, creativity, and advanced writing skills.  The statement should be 4 to 6 pages in length and address the following questions to the fullest extent possible.

  1. How did you become interested in social work?  What motivated you to choose social work as a profession? 
  2. Describe some personal traits and abilities that make you particularly suited for the profession of social work. 
  3. What are your career objectives as a professional social worker? 
  4. Describe your professional social work activities.  If you do not currently work in the social work field, please describe how your work, life or volunteer experience relates to professional social work activities.   
  5. Describe a situation in which you were confronted with an ethical conflict.  How did you resolve it? 
  6. Discuss a social problem of interest to you.  How do you envision a social worker’s role in addressing the problem? 
  7. Please read the information about our MSW program below and describe your plan to accommodate the class and field internship requirements described below. 

PLEASE READ:  Our MSW program is rigorous and requires a significant commitment of time and resources from students.  Please review the course schedule and requirements for the program plan for which you are applying that are posted on our website.  In addition to coursework, students complete 16 hours per week of field internship, typically during regular agency hours.  The exact schedule is determined by the student and the agency at the time of placement.  Most students complete two full eight-hour days and two four-hour days per week. 

  1. Please list anything else you would like us to know as we consider your application. 
  2. Advanced Standing Applicants Only: Please explain why you think you are a good fit for the Advanced Standing (AS) program.  In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for the AS program, what do you believe has prepared you to succeed in this accelerated program? 


Applicants who wish to be considered for the Advanced Standing program must answer all questions. Your personal statement can be securely uploaded at the following link: