Interview with Andrea G. Porter – Assistant Dean for Student Services at Case Western Reserve University
- Evidence of academic preparation: A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 is required. Adequate scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required if an applicant’s GPA is below 2.7. Transcripts are reviewed for not only your overall academic performance/progress but also for your performance in your major, grades earned in specific courses and any lapses in attendance. Discuss in your personal statement below average or failing grades that may have adversely impacted your GPA, actions taken, circumstances that may have been the cause and lessons learned to prevent reoccurrence in graduate school.
- Communication skills: Admission specialists, faculty, and field faculty advisors will be reviewing your application to determine your ability to complete graduate work. A strongpersonal statement which responds in depth to the questions posed in the outline helps us to understand your motivations for pursuing graduate education at the Mandel School of CWRU, your specific interests ,skills and experience. The strength of your statement communicates who you are, what you bring to the program and the quality of your writing.
- Involvement in extracurricular, voluntary and work arenas: Three (3) letters of recommendation from academic and professional sources who are quite familiar with the applicants capacity to successfully complete graduate work are required. Letters of recommendation should detail your strengths and your ability to successfully complete a graduate program in social work, your performance in academic, community and paid or volunteer experiences. Your resume should highlight your paid and volunteer experiences.
- “Fit” for the program: Applicants should make a strong case through the combination of transcripts, recommendations, and personal statement to help the admissions committee understand rationale for why professional social education fits as the next leg of their career journey. Be very thorough and make sure you understand the components of the program, the profession and what social workers actually do, deadlines and materials that need to be submitted. If possible, attend and participate in a web chat about the virtual (online) program.