Learn more about the St. Thomas MSW

Areas of Emphasis Scholars programs

Consider these critical, emerging areas of practice

Social Work Day at the Capitol

One of many events organized by our MSW student association

The Interprofessional Center (IPC)

One of our exceptional field education sites

Faculty mentors

Our MSW faculty provide real-world clinical expertise

Master of Social Work


Social workers change the person, one family, one community at a time.

For 25+ years, our MSW program has focused exclusively on preparing graduates to become clinical social workers, the largest group of mental health services providers in the nation. Our MSW has been recognized for developing graduates with the skills and competencies to confidently practice with individuals, families and small groups and to maximize their impact in the myriad settings in which clinical social workers are found. The program is currently offered as a joint partnership with St. Kate's. After the 2018-19 academic year, each university will offer independent MSW programs.* The University of St. Thomas will offer the MSW in its current format with the same commitment to social justice, teaching excellence, and exceptional preparation for clinical social work practice & licensure that have shaped our graduates for almost 30 years.

Clinical social work is a rapidly expanding profession, with many areas of practice expected to grow by almost 20 percent in the next decade. Growing areas of clinical practice include:

•  Aging / Gerontology        •  Child / Family / School
•  Health Care                      •  Immigrant / Refugees
•  Military / Veterans            •  Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Maximize Your Options

Through the development of core competencies in clinical practice, our graduates are prepared to think 
critically and diagnostically, to develop and implement clinical 
interventions, to evaluate relevant client outcomes, and to integrate
 macro social work perspectives in clinical work. Graduates are also prepared to deal with problems including mental illness, developmental disabilities, poverty, discrimination and oppression. All of our graduates are academically on-track toward clinical licensure, maximizing future career opportunities.

So whether you're focused on a specific type of clinical practice or want to explore the many different career options available to clinical social workers, our MSW faculty represent the diversity of the profession and have the expertise and commitment to student development to prepare you for success.

St. Thomas MSW Program-at-a-glance»

* During the 2018-2019 academic year, we will continue to operate as the joint St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work. St. Catherine University has announced its intention to offer an independent MSW program after the 2018-19 academic year. Please refer to for more information. The web site you are currently viewing ( contains information for prospective MSW students starting in 2019 and beyond related to an independent St. Thomas MSW in clinical social work practice. Current MSW students should reference our Current Student pages»

Featured Events

Aug 26 2019
2019 State Fair Mental Health Day

Monday, August 26, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Join the SSW for Mental Health Day at the State Fair!

Sep 28 2019
Walk to End Alzheimer's logo

Saturday, September 28, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Sept. 28. Registration at 8:00am; Ceremony at 9:30, followed immediately by walk.

Join the MSW Area of Emphasis in Aging Scholars and represent the School of Social Work at this important - and fun - event!

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