Social Work

Master of Social Work

Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

St. Kate's Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares clinical social workers for critically reflective social work practice.

Program Details

Format: On-campus evening and hybrid courses (combining face-to-face and online instruction)

Completion time: 1–3 years, depending on program track

Credits: 38 (AS-advanced standing), 56 (RS-regular standing)

Cost per credit (2019–2020): $799.50

Start: Summer (AS 1-year) or fall (AS 2-year, RS 2- year, RS 3-year)

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Each new St. Kate’s MSW student will be considered for scholarship funding from our academic achievement, diversity, alumni, and other scholarship programs.

MSW students employed by St. Kate’s corporate partners also receive a scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%. Students are also eligible to apply for loan and grant programs.

Known for Our Commitment to Social Justice

At St. Kate’s, social justice, ethics, and service aren’t simply an add-on to your learning experience — they are at the core of everything we do. The MSW curriculum is infused with our commitment to social justice, preparing practice-ready social workers who respond to the changing needs of our time.

In this clinical program, students and faculty collaborate in an environment grounded in social justice, with a critical perspective on social work knowledge, values, and skills.

Advanced Standing students — those with a bachelor’s degree in social work — will complete a 38-credit plan of study in a 1-year or 2-year format.

Regular Standing students — for all other majors — complete a 56-credit plan of study in a 2-year or 3-year format.

Careers in Social Work

As a licensed clinical social worker, you will join the largest group of mental health services providers in the nation.

Our master's degree in social work is recognized for developing graduates with the skills and competencies to confidently practice with individuals, families, and small groups in the myriad settings in which clinical social workers are found.

You will be trained to work with diverse populations, providing you with the flexibility to work in a wide variety of practice areas throughout your career.

Growing areas of practice include:

  • child, family, and/or school
  • healthcare
  • military
  • aging
  • immigrant and/or refugee
  • mental health
  • substance abuse
  • rural health

Program Accreditation

St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas announced the end of their formal collaboration on their joint social work programs, in effect August 23, 2019. The two universities are working closely together toward a smooth and supportive transition for all of our students, faculty, alumni, and community partners.

Immediately after the collaboration dissolves, the joint social work programs will transition from being accredited as a collaborative program to pursuing individual program accreditation. Both St. Thomas and St. Kate’s will pursue accreditation through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which accredits the BSW and MSW programs individually. We will follow an abbreviated one-year candidacy process that CSWE has customized for independent programs following the closure of a joint program relationship (learn more about this process).

We will provide updates once the exact timeline is known and will create and update a FAQ as details are known.

Social work partnership FAQ

Learn more about accreditation for this program