• March 15th, 2016

Statement of purpose for grad school

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Please submit a Statement of Purpose that encapsulates your motivation in seeking an MSW. Your statement should demonstrate an ability to synthesize your professional/personal experiences and desire to enter the field of social work. This statement will be used to assess your creativity, critical thinking, self-awareness and writing skills. Please note your Statement of Purpose must be five double-spaced pages in length, with 1-inch margins, and 12-point Times New Roman font that addresses all three topics below. You must upload the Statement of Purpose to the Supporting Documents section of the online Graduate Admissions Application. Topic #1: • Describe your understanding of the social work profession and its core values. How have you incorporated social work values in your human service experiences and interactions with others? • What significant relationships and life experiences have you had in giving or receiving help that have motivated you to enter the field of social work? • What personal qualities equip you for the social work profession? Discuss your experiences and feelings about working with populations different from your own. Topic #2: • The USC School of Social Work is dedicated to providing excellent graduate education for people destined to create social change. What social welfare areas interest you and why? What social problem most concerns you that might be addressed with an MSW? Topic #3: • Please discuss your career goals. What do you expect to be doing in five years and 10 years? How will your chosen department and practice area help you reach your personal/professional goals and future contributions as a social worker? Include why the USC School of Social Work is a good fit for your goals. (Optional) Please address any special academic or other considerations that you would like the committee to take into account in the review of your application. • Transfer Applicants Only: Please explain why you are transferring to USC. List any leadership roles you had at your previous MSW program. How will this transfer assist you in reaching your educational and professional goals? • Advanced Standing Applicants Only: Please explain why you believe you are a good fit for the advanced standing program at USC. List any unique attributes you possess which might make you stand out over other advanced standing applicants. • International Applicants Only: Briefly discuss how you plan to use your USC MSW degree in your home country.

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