The social work program operates under a selective
admissions policy. Students are considered "premajors" until
they meet the minimum requirements to be accepted as
a social work major. Admission to the social work
involves the completion of an application packet which
students can obtain from a social work advisor or on
this web site. Minimum requirements for admission into
the major include:
- completion of the general studies math requirement; (Mat 112 suggested for statistics,-Psychology statistics requires MAT 112 or higher, Nursing Statistics requires MAT 110 or higher; MAT 116 suggested for graduate school);
- completion of the ENG 108 general studies requirement;
- completion of Biology 101 (or equivalent); and
- completion of SWK 250, SOC 110, PSY 101, and SOC
230 with a minimum grade C.
- must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
- Must have earned a C or better in all completed
SWK prefix classes required for the major;
- must agree to conduct themselves in a manner consistent
with accepted professional social work practices
and the current NASW Code
- cannot have exhibited behavior that will infringe
on their present or future ability to adequately
fulfill professional social work responsibilities. The
social work program's admissions committee reserves
the right to require applicants to submit additional
materials if the Committee questions the student's
ability to adequately fulfill professional responsibilities
(see Social Work Student Handbook on this website);
- complete and pass a
criminal background check (Do
not send in the form yourself. Instead, bring
completed background check form to our office with payment of $9.00.).
Students must complete the social work admission process
prior to enrolling in SWK 360 and must submit completed
application packets no later than the first Friday
in October or March. The social work program's
admissions committee will review all application
packets and interview all applicants. Admission
decisions are based on a student's academic performance;
professional, personal, and academic conduct; references;
and responses to application and interview questions.
Once admitted to the social work program, social work
majors are expected to maintain professional and academic
standards of conduct. The social work program
at Missouri Western reserves the right to place a student
on probationary status or remove a student from the
major because of violations of these standards (see
Social Work Student Handbook).
Eligible students should submit the formal application
packet (an Application Form, a Personal Statement, three
letters of reference, a signed Social Work Handbook Form and Code of Ethics
Form) by the first Friday in October or
March. The social work admissions
committee will review application materials and interview
all applicants. Admission decisions are based
on a student's:
- interview responses,
- academic performance,
- personal statements,
- complete and pass a criminal background check,
- application responses, and
- prior personal and academic conduct.
All members of the admissions
committee, by a simple majority vote will then make one of the following decisions:
- To unconditionally accept a student into the Program;
- To conditionally accept a student into the program
- To place a student on probationary status; or
- To deny formal acceptance.
Students may appeal admission decisions based on criteria contained
in the Social Work Student Handbook. The
social work program
does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
gender, age, creed, ethnic or national origin, disability,
or political or sexual orientation.
As part of your admission
application to the social work program, please prepare
a "personal statement" that
addresses the areas listed below. The Admissions Committee
will use the summary to assess your basic writing skills
and to help them arrive at a decision about your admission
Your type-written summary should be approximately
four-five pages in length and double-spaced.
Personal Statement Outline
- Discuss your perceptions of the
social work profession.
- Discuss at least two major reasons you
chose to pursue a social work career.
- Describe your successes in school,
work, and your personal life.
- Describe the barriers you have
had to overcome to pursue your educational, work,
and/or personal goals.
- Describe your experiences working
with people (voluntary and/or paid). Please indicate
the type of setting and the length of
your experience in each setting.
- In your opinion, what experiences have prepared
you to work effectively with diverse
populations (e.g., racial, ethnic,
age, disability, socioeconomic, sexual orientation,
and/or religious diversity)?
- In your opinion, what difficulties might
you encounter working with any of the groups
listed above? (Please be specific.)
- Describe your professional career plans.
- List or provide a summary of your strengths that
equip you for the social work profession.
- All social workers exhibit personal limitations
that sometimes interfere with effective social work
practice. What limitations have you identified and
targeted for change?
In addition to the item listed above, applicants should
include any additional information pertinent to the