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  1. UNC MSW 2018

    Hi everyone! How many of you applied to UNC's MSW program? I just sent in my application for Advanced Standing. NOW WE WAIT!
  2. Hello everybody! This is my first post here, but I've been reading these forums for a while and have felt so validated by a lot of your experiences with grad school. I am graduating in April with a Bachelor's in Womens Studies & Social Work. I really want to get an MSW and work in gerontology after I graduate. So far I've only applied to UM and Wayne State and feel like I blew my chances with both. U of M requested an interview with me last Monday to ask about something I didn't elaborate on in my essay. I was so incredibly nervous, it's like all the things I rehearsed just totally fell out of my brain. And yesterday I got an email from WSU saying I need to edit my personal statement (which I worked so hard on) because I failed to cover something about the code of ethics. Has anyone who has applied at either had any of these issues (or just any grad program in general?) It's been a week since my interview with U of M and I haven't heard anything yet (that's just me being impatient), but its basically all I can think about and I keep thinking of worst case scenarios of me not getting into any grad schools :'( wow, sorry I'm totally rambling, but has anyone experienced any of these things, and does anyone know how long it generally takes to hear back from a school after an interview? Thank you in advance and I hope all of your grad school journeys are going well so far!:)
  3. MSW Advanced Standing Admission

    I hope this isn't a silly question. I am an undergraduate BSW student applying for Advanced Standing at a few programs for my MSW. I have had a decent amount of exposure to the field through internships and volunteer work, and have thus far received A's in all of my undergraduate classes but one. For my undergraduate field placement, although my supervisor highly recommended an A for the course, the way the evaluation was filled out (their final field evaluations are vastly confusing and overcomplicated) caused me to get a final grade of a B in the class. Do you think it would be a red flag for an admissions committee in such programs? Is a B a bad grade to get in field when applying for advanced standing?
  4. MSW two degree GPA

    I am an international student from Canada studying in the USA. I completed a BA in psychology about 4 years ago in Canada and had a terribly low GPA (2.0). Following that I did a social service worker diploma ( equivalent to an AA level degree) in Canada and graduated with a 3.6. I am now living in the United States and will be completing a BSW with a predicted overall GPA of 3.8 and a concentration GPA of 4.0. I was only required to complete 48 credit hours to complete this degree of which 36 are letter grades and 12 are pass fail (for my internship). My cumulative GPA would likely not meet the entrance requirements, because I do not believe my AA degree will be counted toward my overall cumulative GPA. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this type of situation before, and whether or not they were successful in obtaining admittance. I am 100% a different student then I was when I was younger. I was in a much different place in my life and my grades from then are not indicative of my ability. I require an on campus program which I know due to limited space can be more difficult to gain admittance so I really am just searching for some information as to how to be successful in being admitted.
  5. MSW Fall 2017 CSULA, CSUDH?

    Hi everyone! Its my first time here, I have a few questions regarding applying to the CSULA and CSUDH MSW programs this fall. I am still in the process of applying, how hard/easy is it to get into these two MSW programs? and what are my chances of getting in ? (taking into account turning in the supplemental applications beginning of January? Overall GPA: 3.39 CSULA GPA: 3.43 (I'm graduating with my BASW this May) volunteer experience: Kids Hope USA (mentored a child for 3 years) No work experience No GRE scores Inducted into the Tau Eta SW Honor society and NSLS (National Society for Leadership and Success) <--- But I don't think this matters much in MSW Grad school Apps
  6. I am an undergraduate BSW student applying to graduate school for advanced standing. One of the schools I am applying to requires that applicants have a "recommendation for advanced standing" form filled out by the chair of their undergraduate program. Not a letter, a form. It is listed separately from the LOR section. As a satellite student, I have only met the chair of the program once but we have not crossed paths since then. They are almost 3 hours away at the main campus. I am not sure if I should email the chair directly, introducing myself and explaining the situation or if I'm supposed to just straight up put their information in since it's a form and they would probably need to reach out to my site coordinator to fill out anyway. Any comments on how to address this or format the email?
  7. Hey ya'll! I've been exploring this forum recently and have some questions about what it takes to get into a MSW program experience wise. I'm graduating this December with a degree in social policy and 3.7 GPA. I'm passionate about child welfare and will be doing Teach For America next year. After TFA, I hope to get my MSW at University of Michigan, University of Denver or Arizona State. I'll be spending 6 weeks this spring in Peru volunteering at a group home for neglected and abused girls, which I feel will be relevant to to my future in social work. What other opportunities would be helpful for me to have to gain admissions (ideally with a scholarship) to these two programs? I was thinking of volunteering with big brothers big sisters, but I'm not sure if that would be a useful opportunity. Any other suggestions on ways to enhance my application? Thanks!
  8. Hi, I was wondering if I should apply for MSW programs even though I dont have any solid human service experience. They ask for a record of any human service involvement & would like an applicant that has the experience. I worked and went to school during my four years that I wasn't able to volunteer. SO, should I even apply to these MSW programs if I dont have experience? Am I wasting my time trying to apply when I don't have experience?
  9. MSW 2018 Waiting Game

    Hey everyone! It's already October (.......), I graduated from the MSW at U of T in June 2017 and remember this forum being quite the comfort during application season given how obnoxiously anxiety inducing the process was. Feel free to post about the ins and outs of your process, it's important people have an outlet (#selfcare) and a social network. I'm rooting for ALL of you, if you have any questions just inbox me :D.
  10. UT MSSW Spring 2018

    Has anyone heard back yet from UT on their 2018 spring application for the MSSW program? I know the deadline was only four days ago but I just wanted to check in and see! Good luck to everyone!
  11. UT MSSW Spring 2018

    Has anyone heard back yet from UT on their 2018 spring application for the MSSW program? I know the deadline was only four days ago but I just wanted to check in and see! Good luck to everyone!
  12. Hello Columbia hopefuls! As I was researching information about Columbia's MSW program several months ago, I came across a tread on this site for applicants for Columbia's Fall 2017 cohort. Applicants used the forum to offer encouragement and guidance through the application process, as well as provide updates about acceptance, financial aid, stats, and other things. It looked like it was tremendously helpful for them to have a community alongside them in the process (especially in the dreadful wait to hear back about acceptance). So I wanted to create an open thread for those applying to Columbia's Fall 2018 MSW cohort. Use this thread for questions about the application, updates about acceptance, and anything else related to the application season for Columbia Fall 2018. I look forward to hearing from others who are hopeful to attend Columbia for their graduate school and hope to see some of you in the fall!
  13. UCB MSW 2018

    Hola Amigos, I wanted to get that ball rolling on here, who is applying to the MSW program for 2018? I am applying for Children and Family concentration as well as title IV. I'm working on my statement of purpose, how far along is everyone? BA: Sociology GPA: 3.4 Experience: Currently social services employee for over 2 years providing assistance to individuals and families applying for various government and local benefits, previously worked at non profit for disabled adults providing micro level social work for 1yr 8months.
  14. Hola Amigos, I wanted to get that ball rolling on here, who is applying to the MSW program for 2018? I am applying for Children and Family concentration as well as title IV. I'm working on my statement of purpose, how far along is everyone? BA: Sociology GPA: 3.4 Experience: Currently social services employee for over 2 years providing assistance to individuals and families applying for various government and local benefits, previously worked at non profit for disabled adults providing micro level social work for 1yr 8months.
  15. Hi, all. I know this is a looong explanation; please bear with me, because I desperately need advice! **Background: Got BA in Psych, then worked as a community support provider for a year at a MHC for adults with mental illness. Fall 2016, I applied for a MSW program and got in. I've been at school for 4 weeks (I'm no longer at the job). Problem: Up until spring of 2017, which was AFTER my program accepted me, I wanted to be a therapist. I am introverted but (IMO) good at helping people work through their problems, and I generally enjoy doing so. But I often found my MHC job to be incredibly stressful, and many of my therapist coworkers seemed overwhelmed, stressed, and didn't particularly like their jobs. A couple quit or moved departments because of the huge caseloads, bunches of paperwork, and stress of the job (seemed like a bad sign). However, I had already formally decided to go to school, so I continued with that plan. Honestly, I loved and cared about my clients, but I found the constant worries of suicide (and homicide) were too emotionally taxing for me despite being fairly successful at my job. After the first half year, I started dreading work because I'd worry so much, in spite of my previous training. I found it difficult to have the energy to do anything after work. Self-care and coping skills helped somewhat, but I still did not often look forward to my job. This intensely concerned me, because I want to have a career that helps people, but one that I can also enjoy (aka stress is manageable) and that is sustainable for me long-term. My professors seem to think I just need better coping skills, but I'm not sure that the intensity of SMI/crisis clinical work is for me. But, it's hard to give up my dream of therapy. I don't want to continue with my MSW for no reason, but I don't want to give up on it too early, either. I have faith there could be a clinical career out there that fits me. Thus, I was thinking I could: 1. Shift my career focus to addressing people's general life problems ("counseling"?), not geared toward SMI. Sort of like counseling psych v. clinical psych. I thought this might decrease the number of crisis situations that always sent me into an internal tizzy. But is this kind of work even possible for a SWer to obtain when just starting out-- or even in the future afterward? 2. EAP counseling, because it seems to me this is also more life-problem and not crisis/SMI based, and I could merge my Psych and Business interests. But it appears difficult to break into that field. Am I being unrealistic in hoping to do more "general counseling" or EAP type work? Should I go find something more "behind the scenes" to do with my MSW? (I've thought of grant writing or program planning, but have no current experience there.) TL;DR : Find working with/counseling SMI/crisis clients very stressful- wondering if more general counseling about life issues, or EAP careers, are realistic and less stressful for a future entry-level MSW grad. Desire to help others while moderating own stress level for more sustainable career. Willing to consider other options if suggested.
  16. I am considering going back to school for an MFT or MSW here in California so I can practice as a therapist. However, I am an American and British citizen who will likely move back to England at some point given I have some family in the country and was partially raised there. So I am just wondering if there's any American therapists on here who have moved to England and managed to qualify with the BPS, and how that whole process worked? If not, does anybody have an idea what to do in my situation? Are the qualifications about the same? Or would I have to re-train entirely/do a year extra if I moved back to London? If anybody could give me any advice, that would be brilliant. Thanks so much!!!
  17. I'm interested in macro level social work with a program rooted in social justice. I have a list of some schools, but if anyone has recommendations for good programs I'd love to hear them!
  18. I'm interested in applying to MSW programs, but I was curious how many people apply to on average? I'm a psychology major with some research experience, 3.7 GPA, and some experience interning with non-profits, and volunteering with CASA for kids. Also, I am really interested in the program at the University Minnesota (Twin Cities) and I was wondering how competitive they are?
  19. Hi all, new here.I will be a second year MSW student this year and I am wondering when the proper time is to begin applying for jobs in this field? I want to get a head start and hopefully have a job before graduation, but I don't want to apply too soon either. I was thinking of putting applications in around October-November. Is this too early? Any advice is much appreciated! Thanks.
  20. CSUEB vs SJSU for MSW

    I got into both San Jose State and Cal State East Bay (last minute on wait list for one of them!) for the MSW program and am having a difficult time deciding. I think San Jose state is considered a better school but I'm not sure. SJSU also has had massive budget cuts to the MSW programs and won't be offering any summer classes and limited electives. Any advice?
  21. How many MSW programs should I apply to?

    I'm a senior at the University of Michigan applying to MSW programs and I'm trying to decide how many I should apply to. I currently have a 3.166 overall GPA (3.4 psychology) but with an 3 credit A+ this term and 14 credits in the fall I plan to get A's in it should go up to at least a 3.2. I have some experience volunteering this summer and I'll be volunteering at 3 places this fall and I'll have a year or so of research experience in one lab (which also includes human service ex: running a clinic). This summer I volunteered in a lab running participants in experiments and will be working in another this fall transcribing interviews on sexual assault in college. I have fairly strong writing skills. I am planning to apply to 4 in-state schools: University of Michigan (1), Wayne State (38), Michigan State (32), and Western (71). I've compiled a list of out of state schools I'm interested in along with their ranking and cost that I'll list here in case anyone has any insight into the programs there: (3) University of Washington: $33,732. (10) Boston College: $35,520. (10) University of Pittsburgh: $30,540. (12) Boston University: $33,280. (12) University of Wisconsin - Madison: $25,314. (17) University of Illinois: $29,238. (17) University of Maryland - Baltimore: $35,000. (22) Fordham University: $27,210. (22) Rutgers University: $28,656. How many would you apply to if you were in my position? Thanks!!
  22. Hello! I'm looking to see what ideal GRE scores are for MSW applicants? I'm planning on applying to UNC- Chapel Hill, UGA, UT-Austin, UMichigan, UI-Chicago, and FSU as of now. I know ideal score may vary from school to school but just trying to get and some insight to what scores admissions are looking for, I would really appreciate it! Also, if anyone has any other school suggestions that offer Dual Degree Programs with an MSW and an MPH or MPA please let me know as well!
  23. MSW 2018 Applicants

    Hey, everyone! After reading many successful past forum threads for MSW applicants, I decided to start one myself for everybody! From what I saw, so many people took comfort in talking to one another about their stats, stress/anxieties, questions, schools, etc. that I believe it would be beyond beneficial for us. Good luck everyone and I look forward to chatting with you!
  24. Hey guys! So I am graduating from my undergraduate in a couple of months and am starting to apply to schools for a MSW. My major in undergrad is marketing but I have taken more liberal arts courses for electives than anything else. I've always known that I wanted to help people, I just didn't necessarily know how I wanted to until I took multiple psychology courses. Now, I don't have much social work experience other than some psychology, sociology, philosophy, and government classes. I also have only had an internship with Veterans Affairs and I am still a year-round intern for medical social work (started as paid but went to volunteer after a certain date). I have been active in the past (high school) in Best Buddies and have mentored freshmen as a senior in high school. I don't have much volunteer experience throughout my college years. I have transferred two times -- I started at one school, I was pretty much bullied out of it, and went to just any school to get away. From that new school, I transferred again to the school I am graduating from. The first 2 schools I didn't have amazing GPA's... first was a 3.2-3.3 and the second was a 2.5. I am going into my final term with a 3.72 GPA with a major GPA of a 3.8. Do I have a chance of getting into an MSW program? I am looking to go to either New York University, Columbia University, or Hunter College. EDIT: I would like to add that my ultimate career goal is to work at the VA Hospital as an LICSW while also having my own clinical practice (my business degree wouldn't go to waste).
  25. Don't Know If I'm Good Enough

    Hey guys! So I am graduating from my undergraduate in a couple of months and am starting to apply to schools for a MSW. My major in undergrad is marketing but I have taken more liberal arts courses for electives than anything else. I've always known that I wanted to help people, I just didn't necessarily know how I wanted to until I took multiple psychology courses. Now, I don't have much social work experience other than some psychology, sociology, philosophy, and government classes. I also have only had an internship with Veterans Affairs and I am still a year-round intern for medical social work (started as paid but went to volunteer after a certain date). I have been active in the past (high school) in Best Buddies and have mentored freshmen as a senior in high school. I don't have much volunteer experience throughout my college years. I have transferred two times -- I started at one school, I was pretty much bullied out of it, and went to just any school to get away. From that new school, I transferred again to the school I am graduating from. The first 2 schools I didn't have amazing GPA's... first was a 3.2-3.3 and the second was a 2.5. I am going into my final term with a 3.72 GPA with a major GPA of a 3.8. Do I have a chance of getting into an MSW program? I am looking to go to either New York University, Columbia University, or Hunter College. Thanks for the help guys!