Statement of Purpose for Masters of Social Work

1) Describe a social problem. Assuming you have the power and resources at your disposal, what would

you recommend for intervention and/or social change to address the social problem?

2) Describe how your personal and intellectual qualifications, past human service experience and/or

future goals are relevant to assisting the most economically and socially disadvantaged groups in our

society. Please use specific examples.

3) How will your chosen practice method concentration and practice area help you reach your personal

and professional goals?

4) The NASW Code of Ethics includes the following statement:

"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 selfdetermination.

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.

Discuss how your personal values and beliefs are or are not compatible with this professional standard.

How will you reconcile any conflicts between your personal values and the requirement of the profession?

In preparing your statement, we recommend that you also review the Criteria for Admission.