The St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work

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 our social work programs!


The St. Kate's - St. Thomas Partnership

In May 2018, the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University announced the end of their formal collaboration on their joint social work programs. We are planning for this change to take effect August 23, 2019. The St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work will continue to operate as a collaborative through the 2018-2019 academic year, and the two universities are working closely together toward a smooth and supportive transition for all of our students, faculty, alumni, and community partners.

Immediately after the collaboration dissolves, the joint social work programs will transition from being accredited as a collaborative program to pursuing individual program accreditation. Both St. Thomas and St. Kate’s will pursue accreditation through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which accredits both the BSW and MSW programs individually. We will follow an abbreviated one-year candidacy process that CSWE has customized for independent programs following the closure of a joint program relationship.

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Degree Programs

The main landing page for each university’s social work programs is as follows: