MSW Program FAQs:

General Program:

Yes, the St. Kate's - St. Thomas MSW program is exclusively focused on clinical social work practice.  All of our graduates are academically prepared for clinical licensure. However, clinical social workers are found in myriad settings and are skilled at working with diverse populations. Our MSW students have the opportunity to focus in a particular area of clinical social work practice through their choice of elective courses, their field practicum, the focus of their course assignments, and (as an optional elective) a clinical research project.  In addition, St. Kate's - St. Thomas MSW students may apply to become an Area of Emphasis Scholar in one of three critical and growing areas of clinical practice: Gero-Social Work Practice, Military Practice, and Practice with Immigrants and Refugees.

Applicants for regular standing admission do not have a BSW degree. Regular standing students complete 56 credits, including 1000 hours of field practicum. The regular standing program can be completed in a full-time basis in 2 years or an extended basis over 3 or 4 years including a 3-year Hybrid (online/on-campus) option.

Applicants for advanced standing admission have a CSWE-accredited BSW degree. Advanced standing students complete 38 credits, including 600 hours of field practicum. The advanced standing program can be completed in a full-time 12-month program or can be completed over an extended period of 2 or 3 years including a 2-year Hybrid (online/on-campus) option.

Students should consider carefully which program option will maximize their learning given other demands on their time – work, family, responsibilities, etc...

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Advanced standing admission is available to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from an undergraduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The undergraduate degree must have been accredited by CSWE at the time the degree was awarded. There is no time limit on eligibility for advanced standing.

The CSWE accredited bachelor’s degree in social work is the only criteria for admission to the advanced standing program. There are no exceptions made for other master’s degrees or work experience in the field.

We offer dual degrees in:

  • MSW/JD in partnership with the University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • MSW/MAT in partnership with the St. Catherine University department of Theology
  • MSW/MAHS in partnership with the St. Catherine University department of Holistic Health Studies

Candidates for dual degrees must be accepted to both programs and once accepted, students develop a plan to complete both degrees with the support of an advisor from each program. These programs were developed to reinforce and support a professional perspective that serves the multiple and complex needs of clients.

Learn more about our dual degree options here>>

Our program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1990. In 2012 the School of Social Work successfully obtained reaffirmation of accreditation through 2020.

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In the weekday program format, classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening (4:40-7:05 p.m. or 7:20-9:45 p.m.) Monday – Thursday, with a limited number of classes offered 1:35 – 4:00 p.m. Each course meets one day per week.

Hybrid MSW courses meet just three Saturdays per term in the summer, fall and spring, from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm. Students in the Hybrid program complete online coursework between on-campus sessions.

Learn more about these Program Format Options

Tuition: Go to our Tuition web page for the most up-to-date MSW program tuition rates and fees. Advanced standing students take a total of 38 credits; Regular standing students take a total of 56 credits. 

All tuition billing/fees for the MSW program is administered through the St. Thomas Business Office.


FAQs about Admissions can be found here