The personal statement is a typewritten, double-spaced narrative of 3-5 pages that describes your motivation and aspirations for becoming a professional social worker. In this statement you should apply the standards for graduate level writing. The following questions should be addressed in the personal statement:
1. Why are you seeking a career in social work?
2. Explain what it means to demonstrate exemplary social work values and ethics. How are your personal values and social work values alike and different? How will you deal with these similarities and differences while in the social work program and after graduation?
3. When have you been in a situation/s when you had to deal with differences in age, race, disability, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation? Based on your experience, how do you plan to work with diverse and vulnerable people?
4. What does it mean to have an urgency to promote social justice? How are social workers called to promote social justice?
5. Describe the ways that your personal values, beliefs, and interests are congruent with the mission and philosophy of the School of Social Work.
6. If your GPA is below 3.0, were there extenuating circumstances that affected your past academic performance? If so, have you resolved those issues/factors?