MSW Application Checklist - International Students

The requirements for international students to apply to the St. Kate's - St. Thomas MSW program are detailed below.  Please note that as a joint program between St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas, some documents are sent to St. Kate's and others are sent to St. Thomas. 

The primary contact for questions about the MSW application process is Mary Palin, MSW Admissions Counselor, mbpalin@stkate.edu | 651-690-6185

Step 1: Complete a Credential Evaluation

The MSW program requires applicants' credentials to be at least the equivalent to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution. Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official evaluation from World Education Services (WES).

Start the credential evaluation process by requesting the WES iCAP Course-by-Course option»

Step 2: Official English Proficiency Test Score

All international applicants and non-native speakers of English must meet one of the English proficiency requirements listed below. Score reports can be no more than two years old.

  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 80, with a minimum subscore of 20 on the written and speaking sections.
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5
  • ELS level 112
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the US, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

Please have your official TOEFL scores sent directly to St. Catherine University, school code: 6105.
IELTS scores and/or other proficiency results should be sent to:

St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission, Mail Stop 4027
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Or emailed to: graduate_study@stkate.edu

Step 3: For those with an undergraduate degree in social work seeking Advanced Standing status

Students with an undergraduate degree in social work from a school outside of the U.S. should apply to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)'s International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES) to determine if their academic credentials in social work are comparable to accredited baccalaureate degrees in social work in the United States.  This is the only option for those with an undergraduate degree from outside of the U.S. to qualify for Advanced Standing status.

Go to the ISWDRES web page to get started»

Step 4: Complete the MSW Application by January 10

The application deadline for all MSW program options is January 10.  International applicants should complete the MSW application process as detailed on the MSW APPLICATION PAGE»

The application instructions will instruct you to submit the following:

  • APPLICATION FORM: Complete all sections of the online application form (available September - January 10)
  • APPLICATION FEE: Submit a $35 non-refundable application fee
  • PERSONAL STATEMENT: Prepare a personal statement that includes a written assignment on a social work issue (part 1, maximum 1500 words); and a self-reflection about your professional goals and contributions (parts 2A, maximum 500 words & 2B, maximum 500 words).
  • RESUME: Submit a current resume
  • RECOMMENDATION FORMS: Submit three letters of recommendation forms, including both a checklist and an accompanying letter of reference
  • ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS: Official transcripts sent directly from the institution are required from each post-secondary institution attended, even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. Transcripts must be accompanied by official translations of all documents not in English.

Step 5: Complete the University of St. Thomas International Graduate Requirements

Although the MSW admissions process takes place through St. Catherine University, student records are managed through the University of St. Thomas. To qualify for issuance of the I-20, International applicants must complete the International Student Questionnaire, the Financial Support documentation, and the Identification and Immigration Documents as detailed on the University of St. Thomas International Graduate Admissions website»