Social Work

Contact Information

Sarah Hessenauer
Program Coordinator/Chair
Phone: (262) 472-1203
Location: Laurentide 5201

Lori Trimble
Academic Dept Assoc
Phone: (262) 472-1137
Location: Laurentide 5201

Personal Statement Guidelines

Below are the guidelines for composing the personal statement required for all MSW applicants.

Traditional (Non-Advanced Standing) Statement of Purpose

Your statement is very important. The content and writing quality allows reviewers to:

  • Gain a sense of who you are as an individual, as well as what led you to choose a career in social work;
  • Determine the extent to which you are prepared and motivated for graduate education in social work;
  • Assess how your experiences, social work and non-social work related, have prepared you for graduate studies in social work.
  • Understand why you chose to apply to the UW-Whitewater School of Social Work; and,
  • Recognize the challenges you may face in completing your degree and your ability to address them.

In your statement, be sure to address full each of the following questions:

  • Why do you want to pursue a career in Social Work?
  • Why are you choosing the UW-Whitewater MSW Program?
  • Which concentration area are you planning to pursue? Why?
  • How have your past and current volunteer, internship, fieldwork, coursework in social work and other disciplines, employment, and/or other experiences prepared you for graduate studies in social work?
  • How does your knowledge, experience, and perspectives on diversity AND social justice inform your desire to obtain an MSW degree?
  • Format: 12pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, with one-inch margin, and about 3 pages.

Advanced Standing Statement of Purpose

Your statement is very important. The content and writing quality allows reviewers to:

  • Gain a sense of who you are as an individual, as well as what led you to choose a career in social work;
  • Determine the extent to which you are prepared and motivated for graduate education in social work;
  • Assess how your experiences, social work and non-social work related, have prepared you for graduate studies in social work.
  • Understand why you chose to apply to the UW-Whitewater School of Social Work; and,
  • Recognize the challenges you may face in completing your degree and your ability to address them.

In your statement, be sure to address full each of the following questions:

  • Why do you want to pursue a career in Social Work?
  • Why are you choosing the UW-Whitewater MSW Program?
  • Which concentration area are you planning to pursue? Why?
  • How have your past and current volunteer, internship, fieldwork, coursework in social work and other disciplines, employment, and/or other experiences prepared you for graduate studies in social work?
  • How does your knowledge, experience, and perspectives on diversity AND social justice inform your desire to obtain an MSW degree?
  • If you received a BSW more than 5 years ago, explain how you have been keep up with latest information in social work Format: 12pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, with one-inch margin, and about 3 pages.
Created 7/11/2017

Location

College of Letters & Sciences
Laurentide Hall 4100
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Resources For

Faculty/Staff Contact

Office of the Dean
Rebecca Reichert
Phone: (262) 472-1621
E-mail: reicherr@uww.edu

Student Contact

Advising Office
Phone: (262) 472-1550
E-mail: lsadvise@uww.edu

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