The University of St. Thomas


Graduate Program Admission



The School of Social Work is committed to the selection of a student body which is culturally, racially and ethnically diverse as the best teaching and learning mix and the best potential leadership group for social work in the future, both in terms of local, state and regional needs. The MSW Admission Committee will recruit, screen and admit those individuals with the greatest potential for clinical social practice and who represent the diversity of population groups within the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and the region.

Objectives identified to achieve the desired goal are:

  1. Develop a pool of applicants valued because they bring diverse understandings to the program by virtue of cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds and varying levels of skills.

  2. Facilitate the enrollment and retention rates for students described above.

  3. Support achievement of excellence in all applicants admitted to the MSW program and the successful completion of the program by all students.


For a complete list of the materials required to apply for the MSW program, visit the Office of Graduate Admission at the St. Catherine University website listed below:

  1. Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University

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**For a complete listing of admission requirements and the application materials, please go to 

Admission to the MSW program will be based on a wide range of information including:

  1. Prior degree: Students accepted for the MSW program must have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.00 of better (on a 4.00 scale). If the applicant's GPA is less than 3.0, an explanatory statement should be included with the application.

  2. Academic transcripts: Official transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended, even if the courses  are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. All transcripts should be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University.

  3. Application form: Complete all sections of the online application form. You may also request that a paper application be mailed to you.

  4. Application fee: Submit a $35 non-refundable application fee. Make your check or money order payable to St. Catherine University.

  5. Prerequisite content: Please indicate on the application the prerequisite courses you have taken or plan to take in statistics or research methods, lifespan developmental psychology (including child, adolescent and adult development) and human biology. Students may apply if they are missing one or more of the prerequisite courses, but they must make arrangements for all three courses to be completed prior to the first day of graduate classes. A syllabus or catalog description should  be included for each prerequisite course you have taken or plan to take. General/introductory biology and general/introductory psychology courses do not fulfill our prerequisite requirements.

  6. Recommendations: Three MSW recommendation forms must be completed by references who are familiar with your academic and/or professional experience. Forms must be sent directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. References must sumbit both the checklist and an accompanying statement in order for the reference to be considered complete.

  7. Personal statement: Prepare a personal essy (minimum three pages) that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifies personal goals, academic background and purpose in pursuing a graduate degree in social work. Please see the application materials for exact questions/issues to address in your personal statement.

  8. Resume: Please submit a current, typed resume indicating paid and unpaid experience, including internships and volunteer positions.

  9. Fieldwork instructor evaluation: Advanced-standing applicants must submit a copy of the senior fieldwork evaulation from their undergraduate social work program. If the evaluation is no longer on file, the social work department should submit a brief letter of explanation to include with your application. Students who have not yet completed their senior field placement may submit a copy of thier junior fieldwork evaluation.

The deadline for completed applications is January 10 for the following academic year.

Please send any mailed application materials to:

St. Catherine University

Graduate Admission, Mail Stop 4027

2004 Randolph Ave

St. Paul, MN 55105

(651) 690-6933