MSW Program FAQs:

General Program:

I know this MSW program is focused on clinical social work practice, but what if I'm interested in working with a specific population or in a particular setting?

Yes, the St. Kate's - St. Thomas MSW program is exclusively focused on clinical social work practice.  All of our graduates are academically prepared for clinical licensure. However, clinical social workers are found in myriad settings and are skilled at working with diverse populations. Our MSW students have the opportunity to focus in a particular area of clinical social work practice through their choice of elective courses, their field practicum, and their clinical research project.  In addition, St. Kate's - St. Thomas MSW students may apply to become an Area of Emphasis Scholar in one of three critical and growing areas of clinical practice: Gero-Social Work Practice, Military Practice, and Practice with Immigrants and Refugees.

What are the program format options?

Regular standing admission to the program requires students to complete 60 semester credits, including 1000 hours of field practicum and the completion of a clinical research project. The regular standing program can be completed in a full-time basis in 2 years or an extended basis over 3 or 4 years including a weekend option. Applicants for regular standing admission do not have a BSW degree.

Advanced standing admission to the program requires a total of 42 semester credits, including 600 hours of field practicum and the completion of a clinical research project. The advanced standing program can be completed in a full-time 12-month program or choose to complete the program over an extended period of 2 or 3 years including a weekend option. Applicants for advanced standing admission have a CSWE-accredited BSW degree.

Students should consider carefully which program option will maximize their learning given other demands on their time – work, family, responsibilities, etc...

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What makes an applicant eligible for advanced standing?

Advanced standing admission is available to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from an undergraduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The undergraduate degree must have been accredited by CSWE at the time the degree was awarded. There is no time limit on eligibility for advanced standing.

The CSWE accredited bachelor’s degree in social work is the only criteria for admission to the advanced standing program. There are no exceptions made for other master’s degrees or work experience in the field.

Does the School of Social Work offer any dual degree programs?

We offer dual degrees in:

  • MSW/JD in partnership with the University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • MSW/MAT in partnership with the St. Catherine University department of Theology
  • MSW/MAHS in partnership with the St. Catherine University department of Holistic Health Studies

Candidates for dual degrees must be accepted to both programs and once accepted, students develop a plan to complete both degrees with the support of an advisor from each program. These programs were developed to reinforce and support a professional perspective that serves the multiple and complex needs of clients.

Learn more about our dual degree options here>>

Is your MSW program accredited?

Our program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1990. In 2012 the School of Social Work successfully obtained reaffirmation of accreditation through 2020.

Learn more about our CSWE accreditation

When are MSW classes held?

In the weekday program format, classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening (4:40-7:05 p.m. or 7:20-9:45 p.m.) Monday – Thursday, with a limited number of classes offered 1:35 – 4:00 p.m. Each course meets one day per week.

Weekend cohort courses meet on the first full weekend of each month during fall and spring semesters on Fridays from 12:15 – 9:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Summer courses meet four or five times over the summer in a slightly altered time frame between classes.

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What is the program cost?

Tuition: The St. Kate’s – St. Thomas MSW program tuition rate for the 2014-15 academic year is $748 per credit.  Advanced standing students take a total of 42 credits; Regular standing students take a total of 60 credits. 

Technology fee: Graduate students who take six or more credits are assessed a $99 technology fee each term.  The technology fee for students taking three to five credits is $49 per term.

Activity fee: All students are charged a $25 activity fee each fall / spring semester.

All tuition billing/fees for the MSW program is administered through the St. Thomas Business Office. Go to our Tuition web page


FAQs about Admissions can be found here