MSW Program Format Options

Our MSW in Clinical Social Work Practice offers a variety of program options to meet the needs of our students. View or download a PDF overview of these options, including the course schedule by semester: St. Thomas MSW Program Completion Options (PDF)»


Advanced Standing and Regular Standing

Advanced Standing (AS) admission is for applicants with an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the CSWE. Advanced Standing students complete 38 credits and 600 hours of field practicum for their degree.  Advanced standing program options include:

  • One year weekday/evening (Full-time) - summer start**
  • Two year weekday/evening - fall start
  • Three year weekday/evening - fall start
  • Hybrid MSW: Two years - summer start

Regular Standing (RS) admission is for applicants without an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Regular Standing students complete 56 credits and 1,000 hours of field practicum for their degree. Regular standing options include:

  • Two year weekday/evening (Full-time) - fall start
  • Three year weekday/evening - fall start
  • Four year weekday/evening - fall start
  • Hybrid MSW: Three years - summer start

Weekday/Evening on-campus options

Weekday/evening courses are offered in the afternoon (1:35 - 4:00 pm), late afternoon (4:40-7:05 pm), and evening (7:20-9:45 pm) to accommodate field practicum placements and graduate students who are working professionals. Classes are offered weekly, Mondays through Thursdays, on-campus at the University of St. Thomas.  Each class meets once per week.  NOTE: Only a limited number of classes are offered at 1:35 pm and taking courses at this time is optional - never required.

**The summer schedule for the Advanced Standing -1 (AS-1) year program is different than the fall/spring weekday/evening format - see below for summer 2020:

AS-1 - 2020 Summer Session I:

  • GRSW 500: Mon/Wed, 6/1 - 7/9, 4 - 7 pm
  • GRSW 681: Tues/Thurs, 6/1 - 7/9, 4 - 7 pm

AS-1 - 2020 Summer Session II:

  • GRSW 625: Mon/Wed, 7/13 - 8/20, 4 - 7 pm
  • GRSW 645: Tues/Thurs, 7/13 - 8/20, 4 - 7 pm

Hybrid MSW options

The Hybrid MSW (online/on-campus) option is delivered primarily online with just 3 Saturday sessions on-campus each semester. LEARN MORE»

St. Thomas Hybrid MSW