DSW Admissions

The St. Kate's - St. Thomas DSW program will admit up to 20 DSW students for each incoming cohort.  The program will start one cohort of students each year.

Admission Criteria:

  • MSW degree from a program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)
    • Transcript evaluation and acceptable test scores for proof of English proficiency, as appropriate for international applicants
  • Minimum of two years post-MSW social work practice experience
  • Social work license eligibility
  • Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for previous graduate work
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • Personal statement
  • Commitment to teach and lead in the social work profession

* Arkansas residents: Due to Arkansas legislation regarding colleges and universities outside the state, we are unable to enroll current Arkansas residents into degree programs. Please let us know if you do not plan on being an Arkansas resident at the time of your enrollment.

Statements of Non-Discrimination

The School of Social Work embraces the statements of non-discrimination of both universities:

  • The University of St. Thomas does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
  • St. Catherine University admits students regardless of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in state or local commission, and sex* to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at the University. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in state or local commission, and sex* in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. The University does not discriminate on the basis of handicap in admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities. *The University does not admit men to its baccalaureate programs.


The University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University are registered as private institutions with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institutions. Credits earned at the institutions may not transfer to all other institutions.