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  1. I have been accepted on to Columbia's MSW (at CSSW) for the Fall of 2022. I am a British Citizen on a very low income (unqualified social work) and am looking for sources of funding as I have no savings. I am hoping to find out the following: - sources of external scholarships for doing an MSW as an international student in the US - information about charitable loans that do not require a US citizen co-signer Any help would be much appreciated as I am finding it really hard to get through to anyone at Columbia
  2. Might be a long shot since not many people apply for the spring, but I was wondering if anyone has heard anything from Silberman regarding the spring 2022 semester. I applied to the accelerated OYR program, application was submitted on 8/27 and marked complete on 9/24, yesterday (10/19) on my portal it says “pending interview” but I haven’t heard anything from them to schedule an interview. Anyone else?
  3. I wanted to ask if anyone knows why social workers don't have a national union? As future social workers what are your thoughts about this? I know that back in the day nurses were not being paid well until they advocated for higher wages and got unionized. I feel like social workers are often underpaid, overworked and undervalued. I feel like now more than ever we should be advocating for ourselves. Is there anything we can do about this? Anywho what do ya'll think about this? How do you feel going into the field the way things currently are? What would you like to see change, or improve?
  4. Hello! I applied to UT Austin's MSW program on November 13th, and met the early application deadline. Ever since January 15th I have been anxiously checking my status each day, but it still says "in review," so the waiting game continues. I am just curious if anyone else has heard back!
  5. Hello everyone! I saw that no one started the 2021 thread yet so I decided to make one. Hopefully we can all help to alleviate the pressure we feel from the wait. I submitted on the 19th of January and was completed on the 20th. Haven't heard back yet because its too early. Has anyone submitted their app and hear back yet!? Best of luck yall!
  6. Hello All! I am starting the application process for MSW programs for Fall 2021. I am applying to a wide range of schools in CA, Boston, NY, and more. I created this post to discuss the application process, decision, stats and any insight anyone can share. Has anyone else stated the MSW app process? Kelly
  7. I need to vent. I applied to San Jose State University’s Master of Social Work program on November 30th (the day before the deadline) and I haven’t heard anything. I know my procrastination is not a good look, but these applications are hard and I constantly second guess/overthink my essays. I’m seeing/hearing a lot of acceptances into SJSU’s program and I’m honestly losing hope because I got rejected from two MSW programs and I’m questioning if I’m even cut out for social work. I always thought I was because I’m empathetic and compassionate due to my struggles with mental and physical health, but what if they see through my BS that I thought was genuine? Part of me thinks my chances are high because I got my bachelor’s degree from SJSU, had a 3.8 university GPA with a 3.6 cumulative GPA, and was pretty involved on campus. Yet I’m fearful that it’s not enough because I don’t have enough experience or something else I had very little control over. At most, I volunteered at soup kitchens. The past month has been difficult and my mental health is at a new low. I feel worthless and like I won’t accomplish anything.
  8. Hello! I am having trouble deciding between the two schools in the title. I feel pretty set on Columbia but also wonder if it's worth the price tag and debt I'll possibly accumulate (assuming I don't grind for scholarships/fellowships lol) if I'll receive the same kind of education and opportunities at Maryland's School of Social Work. Plus, my therapist actually went to Maryland and she's fantastic to say the least. Additionally, I'm not sure if I want to stay and settle in Maryland since where you'd get your MSW can be indicative of where you'll stay to live and work as a whole. Anyone who's in or been in a similar situation please give me your thoughts!
  9. I am trying to decide between these 2 programs. I have heard that CSUSB is more research based and LLU is more clinical. My ultimate career goal is to become a medical social worker. What are your thoughts on these programs?
  10. Hello! I have applied to both UW and York for BSW, but I'm currently doing a pros and cons list of whether I should wait for UW's response for my application (comes our mid June). I have already been accepted to York, but the deadline to accept the offer is early May. I'm at a lost- I graduated with a BA in UW so I would definitely be more comfortable going back, but since I have applied to part time, UW will take 3 or less years to complete while York is 2 (with a chance to lessen based on the transfer credits). Any thoughts on which school might give a better overall experience?
  11. hi, i logged into my east bay portal yesterday and realized that i had pending transcripts to send. i sent them that day however i saw on a similar post like this last year that someone received their acceptance last year in February and wondering if anyone else has been accepted to the program? i received my Berkeley acceptance on the 10th, so just wondering about East Bay to make my decisions. Thank you good luck everyone!
  12. Hi Everyone! I created this topic to just introduce anyone who is accepted their admission to UIC, contemplating on accepting admission, or pending acceptance! Ask away and I hope to meet some of you all starting Fall 2020!
  13. Recently applied to the Clinical Social Work program at FSU and was wondering if anyone else applied to this program. If so, how long did it take to hear back? My application was completed on January 29th and it has been roughly 5 1/2 weeks so I'm lowkey nervous that I haven't heard back yet...
  14. Hello! I’ve been doing my due diligence and research trying to find MSW programs and schools that have a macro concentration. Specifically with a policy specialization. I’m in NY and have been attending multiple online Information sessions so I could apply by the priority deadlines for Fall 2021. (I will be an Advanced Standing student) Through the postings on here I have read and learned that once licensure is secured, career options mostly depend on field work, volunteer opportunities and how well you’ve networked. I was hoping someone could offer guidance on their decision making if they have decided to go the macro route. Was field work opportunities/placement the biggest factor in your decision? Columbia is known for their policy program, but I just don’t feel any school is worth that price tag. I have meetings with Fordham and Rutgers that I hope will go better. any information and all guidance is greatly appreciated!
  15. Hey Everyone! SDSU 3 Year MSW Direct Practice is my #1 choice and I have been checking my portal every day to see if admission decisions have been made yet. I know on the FAQ it says letters will be mailed between April-June, but I also heard about earlier dates from reliable sources. Has anyone heard anything back?
  16. I've applied to Stony Brook's MSW/social work program in their Manhattan location (decisions are delayed due to the virus). I'd appreciate hearing about the experience from current or former students, even in the main campus. Here are some specific questions: 1. How were the professors? 2. Was there student diversity and stimulating discussions? 3. Did the connections you made help your career? I'm new to this and I'm not sure anyone would see this. I am grateful for any response I get.
  17. I've recently applied to Stony Brook for Fall 2020. I submitted my application on 2/26. Wondering if anyone else is waiting on the reply as well.
  18. Hey all! I didn't see many forums for the counseling and other related master's and I've been obsessively starting to check my email for interview invites so put yours below! School Name: Program: (MHC, MSW, MFT, etc.) Date invite received: Interview date: if you want
  19. I am currently an associate level clinical social worker working in an inpatient hospital as a DBT/RO-DBT therapist. I still have about two more years until I become an LCSW in my state. I graduated with my BSW at GMU (3.89 GPA) and MSW at UW (3.98 GPA) with one co-authored publication from my bachelors around dementia care using music interventions. I am currently in a professional training program to become a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist on top of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My question is would I benefit more from a PhD in Psychology or Social Welfare/Social Work? My long-term goals are to open up an expressive arts therapy center catering primarily towards immigrants, first-gen, and international students that overall provides affordable mental health services for these populations as well as provide a space for social work students to develop themselves clinically as a practicum placement. I would also like to become a social work professor to teach and do research back in the DC area on top of working towards opening up a therapeutic center. Although these goals are ambitious, my main priority is to become a professor after getting my LCSW and REAT. My primary research interests would be revolving around parentification, mood & personality disorders, over-controlled coping mechanisms, culture shock, social withdrawal (hikikomori), and creating new interventions around expressive arts therapy. I am only 23 and a first-gen student, so a PhD sounds daunting, but I believe that is my next goal I would like to work towards after I obtain my licenses. I am just unsure if there are any true advantages for getting a PhD in Psychology compared to Social Work. I love social work's social justice foundation, but I believe psychology would help me develop a stronger clinical perspective. I was also considering University of Michigan's Joint PhD in Social Work and Psychology.
  20. Hey there, This is my first time using Grad Cafe, not sure if I'm posting in the right spot but I'm interested to hear from those of you who are applying for an MSW anywhere in Canada in 2018. What kind of work experience is most relevant? I've potentially found a job working in the registration department at the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario screening applicants from prospective therapists - would you say that looks favourable on an MSW application? Thanks for your input!
  21. Hello everyone, I was recently notified that I’ve been accepted into UNR’s MSW program. I couldn’t find many recent posts about them so I made my own. Has anyone else went to UNR or been accepted there?
  22. Hi! I'm making my decision as to where to go to graduate school next fall to get my master's in social work. I've been accepted to USC, NYU, and Columbia and I'm having a very very very hard time making a decision! I've received scholarships from NYU and USC, which help with the tuition, but by no means cover it. With all being said and done USC will still wind up costing me about 80k for the two years (before financial aid) NYU will wind up costing me 60k (before financial aid) and Columbia will be a whopping 100k (before financial aid or scholarship info). I want to focus on clinical work and eventually open a private practice working with adults. I currently live in Los Angeles and would LOVE to find a valid reason to stay here. I went to college in NY so I'm not entirely opposed to moving there, but I do think I want to end up back in Los Angeles to practice. Does anyone have any input as to which school has the best clinical program?? I've heard USC sort of churns out MSW students, but I think it looks like an amazing school. NYU also looks incredible, I'm just not positive I want to move back to New York, and to be honest I think Columbia is the lowest on my list because it focuses more on policy. So any input would be AMAZING!!! Thanks
  23. Hello, I am wondering if anyone plans on attending Ohio State in August or if anyone has attended the program. Would love to know your thoughts! Pros and Cons.
  24. For folks who graduated from/are attending Smith's social work program in 2018 and beyond: Did you enjoy/find value in the research sequence that replaced the thesis requirement? Is there an option/possibility to write a thesis even though it's not required? If anyone has completed/is completing a research practicum, any experience shared would be much appreciated! I'm bummed that the thesis isn't part of the program anymore. I'm from southern CA, and most local MSW programs do not have a thesis requirement. Interestingly, only a handful of state schools include a thesis option.
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