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Current BSW Students - Guidelines and Application

Your Application Packet is due on or before October 12th and must include the following:

  1. Resume: Your completed resume. You may use a resume that you have created, providing it includes all the information required, or you may submit the Resume Form (PDF) or (Word).


  1. Essay: The essay is intended to help the BSW Practice Sequence Committee assess your readiness to enter the Practice Sequence. Before you begin to write, you should review the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. Carefully consider the fit between these professional standards and your personal values and ethics. Your essay must be typed and limited to three (3) pages. Essays are considered confidential and will be treated as such. In your essay you should:


    • Describe briefly your life experiences that have contributed to your interest in social work;
    • Discuss your reasons for wanting to become a professional social worker and identify your career goals.
    • Describe how experiences in social work classes that you have taken or are currently taking have affected your understanding of the profession of social work;
    • Compare your personal value system with the values expressed in the NASW Code of Ethics


  1. Course Information Form: Students planning to enter the BSW Practice Sequence must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher and must have completed the liberal arts foundation courses each with a grade of C- or higher, or be enrolled in those courses at the time of application, or have an approved plan for completing the remaining prerequisites in the coming semester. Students who have less than a 2.5 GPA or who have not completed all the prerequisites may be granted conditional acceptance into the Practice Sequence. Your MUST have your faculty advisor date and sign the BSW Course Information Form (Word) or (PDF).


  1. Transcript: A complete transcript of your college work including all courses through the end of the previous semester. You may print an unofficial transcript on Mainestreet. If you have received credit for courses taken in locations other than the University of Maine and those courses have not been evaluated by the University of Maine, please contact Victoria Kane ( for assistance in how to get the courses transferred into your UMaine transcript.


  1. References: Two letters of reference which you may request from professors, employers, or others who can speak knowledgeably about your qualifications for a social work career. Read the directions on the BSW Reference Letter Form carefully. Please provide the instructions and a self-addressed stamped envelope to each of your two referees and return the sealed references with your application materials. BSW Reference Form (PDF)

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