September 1 - November 15, Fall Admission Only
Personal Essay Requirement
Length: 1-3 pages, double-spaced
The application will ask you to submit an essay. The admissions committee will use your essay to understand your interest in pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work.
You can use examples from your life, employment, or volunteer experience to illustrate your views and statements. Your essay will be evaluated by the content as well as the quality of your responses.
Essay Topics and Questions:
Describe how social work is a good fit for you. Who or what influenced your interest in the social work profession (i.e., family, friends, clergy, social worker, teacher, volunteer/work experiences, academic experiences, personal life experience, etc.)?
Identify three strengths that you possess and describe how these strengths influence your decision to pursue social work as a career.
Describe what you consider to be one of the most pressing social problems facing our country today. What, in your opinion, causes this problem? What does the social work profession have to offer in order to find a solution to this problem?
You’ll need at least 25 hours of volunteer or paid work experience in a social service agency. The experience must be post high school graduation and within the last two years.
Our field placement list is a good example of the types of agencies to consider. Similar organizations are likely found in your local community.
- SWK 170 - Introduction to Social Work
One human biology course from the following:
- BSC 101 - Fundamental Concepts in Biology
- BSC 145 - Human Biology
- BSC 170 - Genetics and Society
One statistics course from the following:
- ECO/GEO/POL/PSY 138 - Social Science Reasoning and Statistics
- MQM 100-Statistical Reasoning
One sociology course:
- SOA 106 –Intro to Sociology
Two psychology courses:
- PSY 110 – Intro to Psychology
- PSY 350 – Psychopathology
One economics course:
- ECO 103 – Individual and Social Change
One political science course:
- POL 101 or POL 105 or POL 106
One anthropology course:
- ANT 185- Fulfills Global Study Requirement
Entry into the social work program and profession is also based on legal requirements. The Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics outline the laws around getting your license and practicing in the field.