Choose Doctor of Social Work and the term Summer 2016
You will be asked to create a USER NAME and PASSWORD for the online application, which will allow you to save your progress and return to complete the application at any time before January 15
The online application includes instructions to submit the following:
$50 application fee
Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended must be sent directly from that institution to St. Thomas (except degrees awarded from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis).
Please note: This includes all institutions from which you received credit, even if you did not receive a degree and even if the credit appears on your degree-granting institution’s transcript.
A current resume or curriculum vita that documents education, professional licenses (include state), teaching experience (indicate full-time or part-time), professional experience (indicate full-time or part-time), professional publications and presentations, and service/volunteer experience. Your resume should clearly detail your 2+ years post-MSW social work practice experience.
Writing sample: To demonstrate your academic writing skills, submit a professional, APA-formatted and documented, solely authored, 2-3 page writing sample on a social work topic of your choice. If you have a solely authored, published, scholarly work completed within the last 3 years, you may attach a 2-3 page sample from that work; include a one paragraph introduction to that writing sample that provides a context for the reviewer. (Do not attach the entire published document.)
Personal statement: Prepare a written response to each of the following: (Complete personal statement should be no longer than 6 double-spaced pages)
What circumstances and experiences motivate you to seek a DSW in teaching as practice at this point in your career?
Describe your vision of leadership in social work education and indicate how you see yourself implementing this vision as an educational leader.
Identify and reflect on your strengths and limitations relative to successfully completing an online doctoral program (including your ability to be a self-directed learner)
Three letters of reference: You can email your references directly from the online application (preferred) or provide them with the following link to complete the recommendation process through the DSW Recommendation Qualtrics survey»
Please note: The DSW recommendation process has TWO parts. 1. Recommenders will be asked to prepare a written statement of recommendation to upload into the Qualtrics survey. This recommendation letter should address the applicant's potential for success in an online doctoral program focused on education as practice. Areas to consider: • the applicant's commitment, capability, and suitability for teaching in social work, including ethical standards and commitment to social justice • ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and abilities • work performance and workload management abilities • capacity for contributing to social work knowledge through writing and scholarship Recommenders will be asked to upload the prepared letter of recommendation as a PDF (preferred) or Word file into the Qualtrics survey. 2. Recommenders will complete the Qualtrics survey (link above), which will ask them to complete a recommendation form, including an assessment grid, information about the nature of the relationship, length of time they have known the applicant, and their contact information.