Respond to the bulleted questions below. This statement gives you an opportunity to 1) describe
your aptitude for the profession of social work, 2) explain how your qualifications and goals fit
with the mission and goals of the School of Social Work, and 3) demonstrate your
thinking, writing, and communication skills.
How and when did you decide on social work as a career? How have your volunteer,
employment, and life experiences influenced your decision to pursue an MSW degree?
All human beings have strengths and resources as well as limitations and barriers which
determine how well we can reach our life goals. Describe three strengths or resources
you possess that will help you become a good social worker and explain how these
resources will aid you.
Describe three challenges or barriers that you face which could hinder you in becoming a
good social worker. Explain how those challenges or barriers could hinder you and what
you are doing or plan to do to overcome them.
A major aim of the School of Social Work is to prepare professionals to deal
with those persons who are traditionally served by public agencies. These are clients
who are the most needy, vulnerable and underrepresented in our society. How do your
previous experiences and/or future goals address this aim?
What do you expect to accomplish within the realm of social welfare and social justice
once you have earned your degree?