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Advanced Standing Admission Essay

Personal statement of no more than 2,000 words, double spaced, addressing the following questions:

  1. Discuss three specific reasons why you feel that social work is a career that makes sense for you. What life experiences have led you to apply to the MSW program at Bethel University? What specific areas of social work practice are of interest to you?
  2. As you consider the MSW program track, discuss your identified strengths and areas for potential growth. 
  3. Using a current event as a starting point, identify a social issue that is of particular concern to you. Why is this issue important to you? How do systemic issues impact and influence the social issue you have identified? 
  4. Reflect on your understanding of diversity and difference in today’s society and how your values impact your understanding and approach to your identified issue. 
  5. Social Work practice is based on service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. Choose two of these concepts and discuss how they impact your understanding of social work practice and why they are foundational to the profession.
  6. Write a paragraph addressing an issue in which human rights are impacted. Consider CSWE Social Work Competency #3 and discuss your understanding of social, economic and environmental justice as they relate to your topic. 

Program Accreditation

Students must have graduated from a program accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) to be eligible to pursue social work licensure. Bethel University’s BSW program has been accredited since 1981. Bethel is currently pursuing candidacy with CSWE for accreditation for its Master of Social Work program. CSWE states that accreditation applies retroactively to program graduates once it is obtained, but students should check with their state social work board to verify that they will be eligible to apply for licensure in their state if they graduate from a program before it is accredited. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) provides helpful information regarding licensure requirements by state. It is the student's responsibility to verify licensing requirements with their state social work board. In Minnesota, temporary licenses are available to students graduating from a social work degree program in candidacy status.

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