M.S.W. Application Materials
**Fall 2015 Materials will be available in November.
Admission Policy (pdf)
Admission Application (pdf)
Reference Form (pdf) *Reference forms may be submitted directly to the MSW Program Office by referees.
Documents to Submit/Checklist (pdf)
Please download the forms to your computer. Forms may be completed using Adobe Reader version 8 or later. The latest version may be downloaded for free at the following page: http://www.adobe.com/products/reader.html
Please do not submit any application materials via e-mail. A candidate's application will be considered incomplete if all of the materials are not received before the deadline. All application materials must be mailed and received before the application deadline.
Admission Process and Policy
Applicants are encouraged to review the admission criteria before completing the application. The application form and required documents provide significant information upon which decisions for admission are based. It is critical that applicants for the M.S.W. program carefully follow the online application directions and give complete and accurate data. Omission of any information will delay the admission process or remove the applicant from the admission pool.
Advanced Standing Program
The candidate statement must be submitted with the application for admission and can be uploaded to the relevant section of the on line application. Please provide a 4 page, double-spaced statement that addresses the following:
The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human wellbeing and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual wellbeing in a social context and the wellbeing of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.
Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients. “Clients” is used inclusively to refer to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. These activities may be in the form of direct practice, community organizing, supervision, consultation administration, advocacy, social and political action, policy development and implementation, education, and research and evaluation. Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs. Social workers also seek to promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions to individuals’ needs and social problems.
The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession’s history, are the foundation of social work’s unique purpose and perspective:
This constellation of core values reflects what is unique to the social work profession. Core values, and the principles that flow from them, must be balanced within the context and complexity of the human experience. (http://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/default.asp)
The personal statement will be evaluated regarding the above material and also will be considered a writing sample to evaluate your ability to express yourself in written form. Applicants who believe that they have extraordinary circumstances regarding the GPA requirements should include their rationale for this in their personal statement.
Though human services experience is not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to describe any prior volunteer or work experience in their personal statement.
The closing date for receipt of all admission materials is March 1.
Notification of Acceptance
Notification of acceptance will occur on or about April 15, for study beginning in the summer semester (there are no mid-year admissions). Within ten days of receiving notification, accepted applicants must confirm in writing their intention to enroll in the program. Confirmation of acceptance should be mailed or e-mailed to the Program Director. Failure to confirm their intention within this time frame will result in that prospective student's place being awarded to another applicant.
M.S.W. Admission Committee
It is the policy of Ferris State University that all graduate admissions are reviewed by the specific program. All academic admissions will be reviewed by the M.S.W. Social Work Admission and Academic Standing Committee. This committee is comprised of four social work faculty, including the M.S.W. Program Coordinator and the Social Work Program Director. Criteria used in weighing each application include: undergraduate grade point average, professional training, references, and the individual's narrative candidate statement.
The M.S.W. Social Work Admission and Academic Standing Committee reserves the right to make exceptions to admission policy based upon individual circumstances.
The college and the social work program maintain and promote a policy of nondiscrimination against any person on the basis of race, gender, age, creed, ethnic or national origin, disability, political orientation, veteran status, marital status, or sexual orientation.