Getting Started

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

Account Information

Because we are a joint program, you will have an account for both campuses (St. Kate's and St. Thomas).

St. Kate's accounts - Upon admission, you will be sent an automatic email from St. Kate's to the address you provided during the application process regarding information for your St. Kate's account. This information will include a username/password for access to St. Kate's email and Kateway. You will need this information to access computers on the St. Kate's campus.

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.

Field Orientation Information - AS 1yr & RS 2yr ONLY

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 on March 18th. If you were admitted to another track, your field practicum is not until the SECOND year of your program and you will enter this process in March 2018.

Financial Aid Info

Our School of Social Work is a collaboration between St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas and registration, billing and financial aid are managed through the administrative systems at the University of St. Thomas.  

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). The total amount available in Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans is $20,500 per year. In addition, there is the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan program as well as many private student loan options 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

Scholarship & Grant Opportunities

Please refer to the document below regarding scholarship, assistantship and grant opportunites for the 2017-2018 academic year.

2017-2018 Scholarship & Grant Opportunities

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Please refer to the checklist you received from the admissions office indicating whether you completed the 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 2017 classes beginning in September. Official transcripts for prerequisite courses that have been completed should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions Office
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, #4027
St. Paul, MN 55105

Area of Emphasis Scholars Opportunities

St. Kate's - 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, and their 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
  • Clinical research paper specific to the area of emphasis
  • Tuition stipend of $1,000

    For more information and links to the online application please visit

Important 2017 Dates & Events

March 16th - Deadline for incoming AS 1yr and RS 2yr tuition deposits

March 18th - Field orientation meeting for AS 1yr and RS 2yr students ONLY

March 31st - Deadline for AS 2yr, AS 3yr, RS 3yr, RS4 yr and weekend cohort tuition deposits

April 1st - Priority deadline for Area of Emphasis applications

April 13th -Summer registration for AS 1yr and weekend cohort students opens

May 25th - New Student Orientation, 4-6 pm @ St. Thomas (weekday/evening students only)

June 2nd - New Student Orientation, 4-6 pm @ St. Thomas (weekend cohort students only)

June 5th - Summer classes begin for AS 1yr students

June 9th - Summer class (GRSW 500) begins for weekend cohort students

June 13-15 - Fall registration opens - all students; specific date/time sent to your UST email

Orientation & Registration

May 25th - New Student Orientation, 4-6 pm @ St. Thomas (weekday/evening students only)

June 2nd - New Student Orientation, 4-6 pm @ St. Thomas (weekend cohort students only)

June 13-15 - Fall registration opens - all students; specific date/time sent to your UST email

Specific orientation and registration details will be sent to your UST 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.