Graduate Personal Statement

One of the requirements of all graduate programs at Bridgewater State University is a personal statement. Click on your program of interest below to view the specific questions you should address.

Accounting and Finance

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Athletic Training

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Business Administration

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Computer Science

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Counselor Education

A 500-word personal statement that presents a synthesized, integrated, and self-reflective description of your career goals as they relate to your chosen field of counseling and how they have led you to apply to the specific counseling program at Bridgewater State University.

Criminal Justice

Prepare a 750-word statement of purpose that describes the experiences that have influenced your decision to study or work within the discipline of criminal justice or criminology.  Also, include the following:

  • Academic topics of interest 
  • Your commitment to social justice
  • How you see these issues reflected in the areas of criminal justice

Education: Initial Teaching License (APB Program)

Statement of desire to be a teacher, including descriptions of appropriate life experiences and experience with youth at the licensure level.

Education: Professional Licensure MAT

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Education: Non-Licensure

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Educational Leadership

Letter of intent articulating the candidate's philosophy of Educational Leadership.

Elementary & Early Childhood Education

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

English

A 450-500 word statement of purpose, including reasons for undertaking the degree, relevant experience and aptitude, career goals, and academic topics of interest within English studies.

Health Education

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Physical Education

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Psychology

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Public Administration

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Reading

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Personal Statement (Required of every applicant)

A statement of personal and professional goals (suggested page length of 5-7 pages, double-spaced) which responds to each point below, is required of every applicant.  

  1. Describe the experiences that have influenced your choice of social work as a profession by addressing the following:
    1. Your motivation for being a social worker 
    2. Your values and beliefs as they relate to social work
    3. The qualities you can bring to the social work profession and to colleagues in the MSW program 
  2. Describe both your personal strengths and the areas in need of development related to becoming a professional social worker. 
    1. Areas of strength
    2. Areas in need of development  
  3. What do you see as the most pressing social issue facing society? 
    1. How do we as social workers respond to this need? 
    2. What is your personal involvement in working on this issue?
  4. Describe your commitment to social justice and social change.  
    1. Your experience with people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds including race, ethnic heritage, age, gender, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, disability or national origin 
    2. Your experience with social change 

Plan for Success (Required of every applicant)

A plan for success in the MSW program which responds to each point below (do not exceed two pages double spaced) is required of every applicant.

Enrolling in an MSW program is a major commitment of time and effort. Yet, for most of us, our lives are full even before we take on something as demanding as completing a graduate program of study. Success in the MSW program has a great deal to do with how you plan to manage the demands of the program, including such things as, getting to class on time, completing coursework and field education balanced with your other life responsibilities. Your answers to the four questions below will help us to understand more about you and how you plan to manage the demands of graduate school. Please be specific as you answer each of the four questions below.

Course work in graduate school is more demanding and requires more time than in undergraduate programs. There is a great deal of reading and writing each week for each class, and depending on your cohort (part-time or full-time), you will have between two and five classes per week. In most cases, students read multiple articles and book chapters weekly for each class. In addition to reading, classes require multiple written assignments throughout the semester. Three credit graduate classes can each require approximately 2-3 hours of study and preparation per credit and most of your courses are three credit classes. It is very important to consider the amount of time/number of hours preparing for classes each week can take. Knowing that the work load will be more intense that an undergraduate program:

  1. How do you propose to manage your coursework demands of the program? Please consider you other life responsibilities. Please be specific.
  2. How will you manage attending classes on two to three evenings per week-some classes will begin at 4:00 pm, your last class on some nights will end at 9:00 pm and a few classes require one or two all day Saturdays per semester?

The MSW field internship is one of the most important parts of your MSW education. It along with the classroom education will provide the opportunity for you to observe professionals in the field, gain insights from supervisors, and practice what you learn in the classroom. The first year of internship requires no less than 16 hours per week and the specialized year(s) requires no less than 20-24 hours in the field. Days and times for field placements may vary, though placements are Monday- Friday during business hours (9-5). Completing field placements along with existing responsibilities and MSW classes can be a challenge.

  1. How will you manage your life responsibilities and other school responsibilities so that you meet the requirements of the field placement/internship during weekday hours (there are no evening or weekend placements)?

Many of our students are employed or volunteer in the community. We understand the need to work while in school, however, there are only so many hours in a day.  It is not only about the number of hours in the day, it is also about the amount of focus and energy you will have to attend to school. The challenges of adding graduate course work and an internship to an already full life cannot be understated. In order to be successful in the MSW program:

  1. What adjustments will you make with your current work schedule in order to have the time necessary to be a successful BSU MSW student?.

Field Experience Summary (Advanced Standing Candidates Only)

Advanced Standing candidates must also submit a summary statement of their field experience:

  1. Please identify your field placement as well as the type of services provided by the agency/organization.
  2. Please clearly identify your responsibilities in this placement.
  3. Select a client system from your field placement and briefly describe the reason for your involvement, your understanding of the client’s needs, your methods to address the identified needs, and the outcome of your intervention.
  4. Using the work you did with the identified client from above or from your overall experience at the placement, please explain what you learned about yourself as it pertains to social work while doing this work.

Special Education

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Speech Language Pathology

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Graduate Certificate Programs

A short essay on the value of the Graduate Certificate Program for the applicant