St. Thomas MSW Program-at-a-glance


Master of Social Work (MSW) focused on clinical social work practice

Program Format Options»

Weekday / Evening: on-campus at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN; late afternoon & evening time blocks, Monday - Thursday

Hybrid: Online course delivery with just 3 Saturday sessions at the University of St. Thomas each semester (9:30 am - 5:30 pm)

Advanced Standing (for those with a BSW): 38 credits; 1 - 3 years (depending on program completion track)

Regular Standing: 56 credits; 2 - 4 years (depending on program completion track)

Admission & Financing

  • The priority application deadline for all program options is January 10.  There will be a secondary deadline of March 10 for all extended-time completion tracks. Start the MSW application»
  • Refer to our tuition page for current tuition»
  • Learn more about financial aid»
  • The St. Thomas MSW offers numerous scholarships & grants, some of which are applied to upon acceptance to the program or are tied to a field placement. The following opportunities require no separate application and are offered at the time of acceptance:
    • Dean's Scholarships for students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of ~3.5 and above. Represents a 20% tuition discount
    • MSW Diversity Grants for those who identify as an ethnic origin other than white and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Represents a 20% tuition discount
    • Alumni Grants for undergraduate alumni of any ACTC (Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities) school, from any major. Represents a 10% tuition discount
    • Service Grants for those who have served at least one year in an AmeriCorps or Catholic Volunteer Network program. Represents a 10% tuition discount
    • Learn more about other St. Thomas MSW scholarships & grants»

Distinctive Features

Our MSW has been exclusively focused on clinical social work practice for almost 30 years

  • Extensive network of clinical field partners and over 2500 clinically-prepared MSW alumni
  • Field placements that provide clinical supervision within a statewide network of collaborative partnerships in a wide variety of clinical social work community settings
  • Students take 35 credits of advanced clinical coursework following foundation curriculum
  • Clinically engaged MSW faculty help you develop your unique contribution to the profession. 90% of MSW faculty are clinically licensed & engaged in clinical practice.
  • Exceptional preparation for clinical licensure. The St. Thomas MSW has been designated as a Path to Licensure program

Other Distinctive Features

  • “Large school” resources and network with “small school” environment and student-centered approach
  • Opportunities to focus in a particular area of practice through choice of elective courses, field practica, and course assignments
  • Three Area of Emphasis Scholars programs in critical, emerging practice areas: Aging, Military, and Practice with Immigrants & Refugees
  • 100% of students complete all 30 hours of training in supervision required to be a social work supervisor in Minnesota
  • Our graduates' total pass rate on the ASWB graduate licensure exam averages 20% higher than the national average
  • Principles of faith and reason inform our curriculum and prioritize social justice. Our Social Work for Social Justice - Ten Principles have been adopted by schools of social work across the country