DSW Application Checklist - International Students

The requirements for international students to apply to the St. Kate's - St. Thomas DSW program are detailed below.

For questions regarding requirements for international graduate applicants, please contact James Dedon in the Office of International Student & Scholar Services at dedo3671@stthomas.edu.

Step 1: Complete Credential Evaluations

The DSW program requires applicants' credentials to be at least the equivalent to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution and a master of social work degree equivalent to an MSW from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 

  1. Applicants with an undergraduate college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official degree evaluation from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
  2. Students with master's degree in social work from a school outside of the U.S. must apply to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)'s International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES) to determine if their academic credentials in social work are comparable to an accredited MSW degree in the United States. This is the only option for those with an MSW degree from outside of the U.S. to qualify for the DSW program. Go to the ISWDRES web page to get started»

Credential Evaluations should be sent to the following address:

Graduate Admissions
Attn: DSW program
University of St. Thomas
1000 LaSalle Ave., TMH201 Box 5
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Or emailed to Mr. James Dedon at dedo3671@stthomas.edu.

Step 2: Official English Proficiency Test Score

All international applicants and non-native speakers of English must meet one of the English proficiency requirements listed below. Score reports can be no more than two years old.

  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 80, with a minimum subscore of 20 on the written and speaking sections.
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5
  • ELS level 112
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the US, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

Please have your official TOEFL scores sent directly to the University of St. Thomas, school code: 6110.
IELTS scores and/or other proficiency results should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions
Attn: DSW program
University of St. Thomas
1000 LaSalle Ave., TMH201 Box 5
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Or emailed to Mr. James Dedon at dedo3671@stthomas.edu.

Step 3: Complete the DSW Application by January 15

The application deadline for the DSW program is January 15.  International applicants should complete the DSW application process as detailed on the DSW APPLICATION PAGE»

The application instructions will instruct you to submit the following:

  • APPLICATION FORM: Complete all sections of the online application form (available September 1 - January 15)
  • PERSONAL STATEMENTS: uploaded into the online application
  • WRITING SAMPLE: uploaded into the online application
  • RESUME or CV: uploaded into the online application
  • THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: submitted through the online application
  • APPLICATION FEE: You will be prompted to pay a $50 non-refundable application fee when ready to submit the online application
  • ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS: Official transcripts sent directly from the institution are required from each post-secondary institution attended, even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. Transcripts must be accompanied by official translations of all documents not in English.

Step 4: Complete University of St. Thomas international graduate requirements

The St. Kate's - St. Thomas DSW program is approved by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Students will qualify for an I-20 for the two week residency period each summer. International applicants must complete the I-20 Request Form and other requirementsas detailed on the University of St. Thomas International Graduate Admissions website»