The St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work
The School of Social Work is a unique collaboration between St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas.
Did you know?
- Social work is a licensed profession. Only those who have earned social work degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral levels—and completed a minimum number of hours in supervised field education—can be professional social workers.
- Clinical social workers are the nation’s largest group of mental health services providers. There are more clinically trained social workers—over 200,000—than psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychiatric nurses combined. Federal law and the National Institutes of Health recognize social work as one of five core mental health professions. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. The profession is expected to grow by 16% between 2016 and 2026. Some areas of social work are growing by over 20%.
- The St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work is ranked in the top third of programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report
Social workers help individuals, families, and groups restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning, and work to create societal conditions that support communities in need. Social workers help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges: poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, divorce, loss, unemployment, educational problems, disability, and mental illness. They help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families, and communities to cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday life. (NASW, 2014)
If you want to help people and make a difference in the world, social work offers a huge variety of opportunities to do so. We look forward to working with you as you explore the profession and the St. Kate's - St. Thomas social work programs!
The St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work offers three degree programs:
- The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), which prepares St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas undergraduate students for generalist social work practice
- The Master of Social Work (MSW), exclusively focused on clinical social work practice
- The Doctorate in Social Work (DSW): Education as Practice, focused on preparing social work faculty specifically for university-level teaching and leadership in higher education
Professional and Continuing Education
The School of Social Work also offers Professional and Continuing Education programs led by School of Social Work faculty experts and community members as a service to the practice community. These programs provide affordable contact hours needed for social work licensure.
We hope you join us!