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)
  • Two year weekday/evening
  • Three year weekday/evening
  • Hybrid MSW: Two years

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)
  • Three year weekday/evening
  • Four year weekday/evening
  • Hybrid MSW: Three years

Weekday/evening and Hybrid MSW 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 in St. Paul.  Each class meets once per week.

The Hybrid MSW (online/on-campus) option has replaced the Weekend Cohort option in 2018-19. LEARN MORE»

Hybrid MSW: online, on-campus