Reaching for Excellence Application

All applicants must submit:

  • This online application;
  • A resume;
  • Responses to the short essay questions listed at the bottom of this page.
  • In addition, all applicants must request that two letters of support be sent to Smith College.
Unless otherwise indicated, all fields are required.
Reference Letters
Reference letters should be sent by email to sswapp@smith.edu.
Short Essay Questions
Please submit your essay by email to sswapp@smith.edu . We accept Microsoft Word or PDF formats only.
  • What work experience(s) have had an impact on your professional sense of self?
  • What are your career goals and how would you imagine this forum would assist you in reaching these goals?
  • Given the field today, what do you see as the critical issues for social work?
  • What do you hope to bring back to your work as a result of this advanced professional training?
Additional Information
If you wish to identify yourself as a member of a racial or ethnic group, please indicate below. If applicable, you may check more than one box. We invite you to be specific. (Optional information; not required for consideration of application.)


If you are unable to use this form, e-mail us at the Smith College School for Social Work Office of Admisson, or call us at (413) 585-7960.