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»

This page 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
  • Alumni Grants for undergraduate alumni from the University of St. Thomas or St. Catherine University from any major. Represents a 10% tuition discount