The St. Catherine University - University of St. Thomas School of Social Work welcomes and values transfer students. Students interested in a social work degree can transfer into either St. Catherine University or the University of St. Thomas to complete a Bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW).
Students transferring to St. Catherine University or to the University of St. Thomas should meet with an admissions counselor to identify what courses transfer into the selected University and what additional courses are needed to complete the school's liberal arts requirements.
St. Catherine University: Admissions for transfer students
University of St. Thomas: Admissions for transfer students
Specific transfer guidesheets for the Bachelor of Social Work program have been developed for the following schools:
- Anoka Ramsey Community College
- Century College
- Inver Hills Community College
- Minneapolis Community & Technical College
- Normandale Community College
- North Hennepin Community College
- Ridgewater Community College
- Saint Paul College
These community college transfer guidesheets can be found here:
St. Catherine University transfer guidesheets
University of St. Thomas transfer guidesheets*
*Please note, the University of St. Thomas transfer guidesheets will be updated with the School of Social Work by September 1, 2014. These sheets will contain information about all transfer program options at the university. Scroll through until you find the School of Social Work.
Contact the BSW Program Director to review the social work major, create a program plan, and be assigned an advisor:
Sarah Ferguson, Ph.D., Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org / 651-690-6296.
Overview of transfer guidelines
St. Kate's accepts students on a "rolling" basis. The university notifies applicants of acceptance shortly after receiving the completed application. Upon acceptance students will:
- Meet with an admissions counselor to finalize their transfer credit plan.
- Students who have completed their AA degree at an accredited program and who have maintained a 2.5 GPA can transfer into the program at St. Catherine University as Juniors. These students could then enter the social work major as Juniors. Beyond courses in the social work major, students need to complete any remaining supporting coursework (General Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Lifespan Developmental Psychology and Human Biology). They must also complete three additional courses to meet the Liberal Arts Requirements: the two Core courses (The Reflective Woman & Global Search for Justice) and a Theology course.
- Students who have completed the MnTC and who have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale can transfer into the program at St. Catherine University and begin their social work coursework. Beyond courses in the social work major, students need to complete any remaining supporting coursework (General Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Lifespan Developmental Psychology and Human Biology).They must also complete the two Core courses (The Reflective Woman & Global Search for Justice), a Theology course, two credits of Health & Fitness, and eight credits of a language if pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science.
Each application for admission is reviewed individually, and a variety of factors are considered in the decision process. The admissions committee looks for a proven track record of academic success and the motivation necessary to complete an undergraduate degree. Students most likely to be admitted have:
- Completed at least 28 semester (or 42 quarter) credits of transferable college-level coursework from a regionally accredited* college, university or community college.
- Earned a GPA of at least 2.30 in transferable college level work
For students who have completed less than 28 semester credits or the equivalent, the college GPA requirements may be higher for acceptance and more emphasis will be placed on the student's high school academic record. Students are notified of their admission status two to three weeks after the completed admissions application and all required supporting documentation have been received.