Getting Started

The DSW program kicks-off with an orientation for incoming students.  This is the perfect opportunity to get to know your cohort of DSW colleagues and to be introduced to the philosophy, structure, and technology of the program. Students should plan to bring their own laptop computers to orientation to participate in the technology training and to test for system compatibility.

For program technology requirements, please view the St. Thomas Online Learning Checklist»

Following orientation, students stay at the University of St. Thomas' St. Paul campus and complete the first course, DRSW 700: History of Social Work and Social Work Education. Students will have the opportunity to meet School of Social Work faculty and staff and to become familiar with the university resources that they will be using throughout the program. All students will stay in University of St. Thomas campus housing.*

Summer 2018: 

July 13-15: Orientation at St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

July 15-27:  Course #1 - On-campus residency at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

DRSW 700: History of Social Work and Social Work Education

* During the three-day orientation, we will facilitate transportation between the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University, as needed. During the remainder of the first-year summer residency, classes will take place at St. Thomas. On-campus dormitory housing is at the University of St. Thomas' St. Paul campus.

Summer On-Campus Housing Details

The on-campus residency will be at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN campus, with on-campus residence hall housing. Residence Life determines fees on an annual basis. For 2018, students should budget $35/night. ALL students are required to participate in the residency experience. Please be aware that due to the program’s unique academic timeline, summer housing charges will appear on the tuition bill for the fall semester, following completion of residency. This ensures that you will be billed only for the number of days you are on campus. If you plan to use your financial aid assistance for residency housing, we recommend that you speak to your financial aid counselor.