Social Work
(M.S.W.)

Within the online application system, applicants must provide general information (including educational history details), as well as the following specific program requirements.

Applicants must also request official transcripts, and any required graduate test and/or language proficiency official scores, be sent to WMU.

Application deadlines

For Fall Semester, priority deadline is March 15th. Applications are accepted until June 1. However, applications received after March 15th are only reviewed if seats are available.

Existing WMU students applying into the Accelerated Degree program must apply by January 15.

Applicants with a BSW requesting admission to the Advanced Standing Program must apply by January 15.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required; please submit within the online application system.

Graduate test

This program does not require a graduate test.

Note: International applicants may have to provide evidence of English language proficiency. More information can be found within the online application.

Recommendations

This program requires three recommendations. Please send email requests for such recommendations from within the online system.

Written statement

Please prepare a statement which covers the following information, and attach it within the online application:

Please attach a document that addresses the questions listed below. Answer all questions separately, using the six headings listed below. Each answer will be evaluated on content and writing skills. Limit this statement to six double-spaced pages using 12 point font with one inch margins.

a. Understanding of problems and concerns relative to social work: Describe your understanding of the social work profession and the problems social workers address by using one example to discuss a particular social problem and how a social worker could intervene.

b. Understanding of diversity: Describe your personal philosophy and understanding of working with people different from yourself (e.g., race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, mental abilities, and physical abilities). Using one example, discuss a personal experience with someone who is different from you. Briefly describe your understanding of issues that may affect this individual.

c. Personal values: A key ethical principle in the NASW Code of Ethics states the following: "Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person. 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' interests and the broader society's interests in a socially responsible manner consistent with the values, ethical principles, and ethical standards of the profession."

Briefly discuss how your personal values and beliefs coincide or conflict with this ethical principle. How will you resolve any conflicts between your personal values and the requirements of the profession?

d. Personal background factors and experience: Describe your personal background and experiences such as culture, family, and community, which have influenced your professional choices as well as recent or past personal experiences that relate to your interest in social work.

e. Personal attributes: Provide a statement about your personal qualities and aptitudes which you consider as most pertinent to graduate studies and/or social work practice. What limitations do you recognize that you need to work on in order to be successful in graduate studies and in the professional practice of social work? How do you plan to address these limitations?

f. Academic preparation: Describe previous knowledge and skills that you gained in your undergraduate and/or graduate studies and how these will assist you in your graduate social work education. Describe to what extent you believe your final undergraduate grade point average accurately reflects your ability to obtain and MSW degree at Western Michigan University.

Previous written work

This program does not require any previous written work be submitted.

Other program materials

This program does not require any other program materials to be submitted.

Additional information

Please review the School of Social Work's website for additional application information regarding program locations, admission criteria, advanced standing programs, liberal arts requirements, information if transferring from another graduate programs, applicants with criminal history, and admission decisions.

If you have any questions, please review the website below for program and contact information.

School of Social Work — College of Health and Human Services

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