Tuition and Fees

Tuition: The St. Thomas MSW program tuition rate for the 2019-20 academic year is $799.50 per credit.  Advanced standing students take a total of 38 credits; Regular standing students take a total of 56 credits. 

At this rate, the total tuition for an advanced standing student would be $30,381 ($799.50 x 38 credits) and the total for a regular standing student would be $44,772 ($799.50 x 56 credits).  The per semester cost is determined by the number of credits taken that semester plus the technology & health fees (see below). The cost of books and materials will vary by class.

Tuition for the 2020-21 academic year will be announced in early 2020 (by February) and updated on this website at that time. Please note that tuition rates are not locked while you are a student in the program, so may increase (or decrease) on an annual basis.  In recent years, tuition has been raised between 0 - 2.6%, so students should plan accordingly.  Please note that many incoming students are eligible for grants and/or scholarships (see links below) which can significantly reduce the total cost of the degree.

Technology fee: In 2019-20, graduate students who take six or more credits will be assessed a $112.50 technology fee each term.  The technology fee for students taking three to five credits is $56.25 per term.

Health fee: In 2019-20, graduate students who take six or more credits will be assessed a $35 health fee each term.  The health fee for students taking three to five credits is $17.50 per term.

Application fee: There is no application fee


Last year, the School of Social Work provided well over $250,000 in scholarship and grant awards to incoming graduate students. In addition, many students received outside scholarships & grants from their own research & initiative. Learn more and find links to help you get started with your scholarship search:

Graduate Financial Aid»

School of Social Work Grants & Scholarships*»

* In addition to scholarships & grants that accepted students can apply for, this page also includes information about the following scholarships & grants that do not require separate applications:

  • 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 other than white and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Represents a 20% tuition discount.
  • ACTC Alumni Grants: NEW PILOT IN 2020 expands eligibility to undergraduate alumni from all schools in the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC), including the University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine University, Augsburg, Hamline and Macalester. Applies to all majors and represents a 10% tuition discount.