Professional Statement

The Professional Statement should be a carefully prepared essay that demonstrates your critical thinking skills and writing abilities.  Statements should be double-spaced in 12 point font with your name at the top of every page.

Part I (3-4 pages):

Discuss the development of your interest in the field of social work.  Include examples of values, academic courses, work experience, volunteer experience or other influences that played a role in your decision to pursue a career in social work.

Discuss your experiences with diverse populations.  Include in your discussion an assessment of the strengths you bring to working with diverse individuals, groups, or communities.

Why is now the right time to apply to our MSW program?  How does your choice of concentration area relate to your career goals?     

Part II (2 pages):

The National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics (2008) states:
The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well being and help meet the basic needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs of and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. (Preamble, para 1)*

Analytically apply the concept of empowerment to a particular population you consider to be vulnerable or oppressed.