Getting Started

Congratulations on your acceptance to the St. Thomas MSW program! Please see below for further information and next steps of your admissions process:

St. Thomas accounts - Information regarding your St. Thomas account is included in your acceptance packet and you will need to log into this account to pay your tuition deposit. Your St. Thomas email is the ONLY email the program will use as official means of communication, so it is extremely important you check this on a regular basis. Your St. Thomas account (username/password) will also grant you access to Murphy online for registration, billing and financial aid information while you are in the program.

Tuition Deposits - A $100 tuition deposit is required to hold your place in the program for 2020. For students accepted into the AS 1 year or RS 2 year tracks only, depsits are due by March 20.
All other deposits are due by April 1. Instructions on how to pay your deposit are included in your mailed admission packet.

If you experience any difficulty with the account claim process or logging in to Murphy, please contact the Tech Desk at (651) 962-6230 or (800) 328-6819, ext. 2-6230 or Before contacting the Tech Desk, make sure you have pop-up blockers turned OFF so that pop-ups are allowed from the St. Thomas website. 

Questions regarding the online deposit process should be directed to the Business office at 651-962-6600.

If you were admitted to the Advanced Standing 1 year or Regular Standing 2 year track, a field practicum is part of your first year requirements and the search process begins in March. Please see the information in your acceptance packet regarding a required meeting this spring. If you were admitted to another track, your field practicum is not until the SECOND year of your program and you will begin this process in March 2021.

The Graduate Financial Aid Office at the University of St. Thomas offers federal and private student loans to assist with your education-related expenses. To receive federal student loans you will need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which you may complete online at (the University of St. Thomas school code is 002345). Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans may be awarded for up to $20,500 per academic year. In addition, there is the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan as well as private student loan options that may be available to help meet your needs. For more information about financial aid options visit their web site at

If you have specific questions about financing your education, you may contact Becky Stevenson, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at 651-962-4053, toll free at 800-328-6819 (extension 24053), or by e-mail at

Please refer to the our web page online for current scholarship and grant opportunities.

A flyer outlining specific opportunities is also included in your mailed admission packet.

You may receive notice indicating you are missing required prerequisite coursework in statistics/research methods, human biology and lifespan developmental psychology. If you are missing any of these courses, you will be able to register for your first semester classes, but you must have the course successfully completed prior to fall 2020 classes beginning. If you are a hybrid student starting courses this summer, your prerequisite classes must be complete by June 6. Official transcripts for prerequisite courses that have been completed should be sent to:

School of Social Work
MSW Program
University of St. Thomas, SCB 201
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

Electronic transcripts may be emailed to

If you receive notice regarding a prerequisite course that is not complete, but you think you have taken a course that meets the requirement, please send an email to us at with the prerequisite requirement and the specific course title/college where the course has been taken. You may be asked to provide more information via a course description or course syllabus for us to make a determination.

St. Thomas 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, or a clinical research paper. In addition, our MSW students may apply to become an Area of Emphasis Scholar in one of three critical, emerging clinical practice areas:

  • Area of Emphasis in Aging (AEA) Scholars: clinical practice with older adults and their families.
  • Area of Emphasis in Military Practice (AEMP) Scholars: clinical practice with service members, veterans and their families.
  • Area of Emphasis in Practice with Immigrants and Refugees (AEIR) Scholars: clinical practice with immigrants, refugees, their families and communities.
  • Courses, course assignments and events specific to the relevant population
  • Leadership opportunities within each Scholars cohort
  • Field practicum in a setting that serves the relevant population
  • Tuition stipend of $1,000

    For more information and links to the online application please visit

March 12 - Open House for admitted students, 4:30-6:00, McNeely 100. Click here for full details.

March 20 - Deadline for incoming AS 1yr and RS 2yr tuition deposits

March - Field orientation meeting for AS 1yr and RS 2yr students ONLY

April 1 - Deadline for AS 2yr, AS 3yr, RS 3yr, RS4 yr and weekend hybrid tuition deposits

April 1 - Priority deadline for Area of Emphasis applications

April 23 - Summer registration for AS 1yr and weekend hybrid students opens

May 27 - New Student Orientation, 3-5pm (weekday/evening students only)

May 30 - New Student Orientation, 9:30-11:30am (weekend hybrid students only)

June 1 - Summer classes begin for AS 1yr students

June 6 - Summer classes begin for weekend hybrid students

June - Specific date TBD, fall registration opens

May 27 - New Student Orientation, 3-5pm @ St. Thomas (weekday/evening students only)

May 30 - New Student Orientation, 9:30-11:30 @ St. Thomas (weekend hybrid students only)

June TBD - Fall registration opens - all students; specific date/time sent to your St. Thomas email

Specific orientation and registration details will be sent to your St. Thomas email address in April. If you have immediate questions about orientation or registration, please contact Lisa Dalsin, MSW Program Manager at or 651-962-5810.

Summer schedules

For students in program tracks with a summer start-date

AS1 summer classes will run from June 3 - August 22, Monday - Thursday:

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

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

Note: Fall and Spring courses are offered in the Weekday/Evening schedule. Class options are offered in afternoon (1:35-4:00 pm), late afternoon (4:40-7:05 pm), and evening (7:20-9:45 pm) time blocks. Classes are offered weekly, Mondays through Thursdays at the St. Paul campus. Each class meets once per week. For future reference, you will be able to view the upcoming course schedules HERE.

The Hybrid MSW meets on the following Saturdays, 9:30 - 5:30 this summer:

  • June 6
  • June 27
  • July 25

In-person class dates for fall 2020 will be:

  • September 12
  • October 17
  • November 21

In-person class dates for spring 2021 will be:

  • February 6
  • March 13
  • April 24