DSW Admissions

The St. Thomas DSW program will admit up to 15 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)
  • Minimum of two years post-MSW social work practice experience
  • Previous teaching experience in higher education (adjunct or full-time) - strongly preferred
  • Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for previous graduate work
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to capacity of student to do doctoral level work
  • Writing sample that demonstrates capacity for doctoral work
  • A personal statement that convincingly addresses the questions provided
  • Commitment to teach and lead in the social work profession as evident in letters of reference, personal statement and writing sample


Statements of Non-Discrimination

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

  • The University of St. Thomas is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and equal educational opportunity. St. Thomas does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, family status, 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. The university’s policy of non-discrimination extends to all aspects of its operations, including but not limited to, employment, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and all other educational programs and activities. Contact information for the persons designated to handle inquiries regarding the university’s non-discrimination policy is available at www.stthomas.edu/policies.

For further information on non-discrimination, contact the Dept. of Education: http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm or (800) 421-3481.

The University of St. Thomas is registered 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.