The Institute for Clinical Social Work

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Letters of Recommendation

ICSW requires three professional letters of reference in support of your application. Choose references that can evaluate your preparedness for clinically focused, doctoral level education. You should choose professionals who are familiar with your:

  • Clinical Skills
  • Academic Skills
  • Research Skills (Only applicable if you have engaged in post-master’s research.)

Current or former supervisors, consultants, and teachers make the best references. If you have not been a student for many years, find a reference who can attest to your academic preparedness and abilities. Once you have chosen your references, please send these guidelines and ask that letters be completed in a timely manner. You should also let them know whether you have asked to see a copy of the letter, or whether you waived this option.

Letters of reference should be sent directly to:
Dr. Andrea Alpert
Chair of Admissions
Institute for Clinical Social Work
401 S. State St., Ste. 822
Chicago, IL 60605

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