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Social Work

College for Adults | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Do you have a passion for working with people and advancing social justice? Are you interested in preparing for one of the fastest growing careers in the nation? If yes, the St. Kate's social work degree is the program for you!

Program Details

Classes meet: Evenings and weekends on our St. Paul, MN campus, with hybrid courses combining face-to-face and online instruction

Credits for major: 44

Time to completion: 24 months

Cost per credit (2023–2024): $500

Start: Fall, spring, or summer

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Promote Social Justice and Improve Communities

Gain the skills and experience  to enhance social justice and community engagement. You'll empower and improve the lives of individuals, groups, and families with a social work degree offered through St. Kate's College for Adults.

In this program, you’ll develop knowledge and skills in social welfare policy and advocacy; community outreach; communication and interviewing skills; case management and basic counseling; social work research; group work; and strengths-based intervention and support for individuals, families, and communities.

After graduating with your bachelor of social work (BSW) degree, you can move seamlessly into St. Kate's master of social work (MSW) degree. BSW graduates are eligible for "advanced standing" status in the MSW program, reducing the number of credits and time required to complete the MSW.

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Careers in Social Work

We educate generalist social workers committed to professional ethics and values, service, social justice, and human rights. You will be prepared for careers in

  • child, family and school social work
  • social work within hospitals and clinics
  • community organizing
  • social action organizations
  • gerontological social work
  • hospice and palliative care
  • justice and corrections
  • community mental health case management
  • social services administration
  • support of military, veterans, and their families
  • chemical dependency and substance abuse
  • crisis intervention
  • the private sector

Program Accreditation

St. Kate's bachelor of social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’ Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

Social work program accreditation