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MSW Admission Forms

DUE DATE: January 15, 2017 for Fall 2017 applicants. Please send all application materials directly to Office of Graduate Admissions, Rendleman Hall, Box 1047, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047. DO NOT send any materials to the Social Work Department.

The following materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions before an application is considered complete:

 1.   Completed graduate application to the Office of Graduate Admissions including all necessary transcripts.

 2.   Completed application for Graduate Study in Social Work.

 3.   A personal statement of approximately 750 to 1000 words that discusses:

  • the applicant's reasons for pursuing a career in social work and career plans;
  • any special people and experiences that influenced the applicant's decision to pursue a career in social work, and narrative information on the previous work experience including volunteering and practicum experiences;
  • evidence of commitment to social and economic justice;
  • personal strengths and weaknesses.

 4.   Three letters of recommendation that discuss the applicant's potential for graduate-level academic work, leadership and interpersonal skills, and commitment to the mission and values of social work, are required. One letter must be from a past or current employer who was responsible for supervising the applicant in a paid or voluntary social service setting. Another letter should be from a former or current undergraduate faculty member. Applicants wishing to transfer from a CSWE accredited master's program should include a letter of recommendation from a graduate faculty member. All exceptions to the above stated requirements must be made in writing and submitted in advance for consideration to the Director of MSW Admissions. Each letter of recommendation must be submitted with the form found on the Department Website.

Please send all application materials directly to Office of Graduate Admissions, Rendleman Hall, Box 1047, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047.

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