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Social Work (MSW)

St. Kate's Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares clinical social workers for critically reflective social work practice. It is offered through a hybrid of online instruction and face-to-face meetings on our St. Paul, Minnesota campus.

MSW Program Highlights

Format: Primarily on-campus, evenings

Completion time: 1–4 years, depending on program track

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

Cost per credit (2022–2023): $859

Start: Summer (AS 1-year) or Fall (all others)

Scholarship Opportunities

A St. Catherine University education is one of the most worthwhile investments you’ll ever make, and we are committed to helping you find ways to make that investment affordable.

New MSW student will be considered for scholarship funding from our academic achievement, diversity, alumni, and other scholarship programs.

MSW students employed by a St. Kate’s corporate or community partner may be eligible for a 10% tuition reduction.

Graduate students may also be eligible 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. Our social work master's degree 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. Program tracks include:

  • Advanced Standing (AS): for students with a bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program. AS students complete a 38-credit plan of study in a 1-year*, 2-year or 3-year format. 600 hours of field practicum are also required.
  • Regular Standing (RS): for students with a bachelor's degree in any other field (or a social work major from a program that was not accredited by CSWE). RS students complete a 56-credit plan of study in a 2-year*, 3-year or 4-year format. 1,000 hours of field practicum are also required.

A dual-degree option with our Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies is also available.

*The AS-1 and RS-2 program tracks include a higher volume of coursework and practicum hours to be covered in a shorter time frame, and are recommended only for students who have fewer personal or professional commitments. 

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 many 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

MSW Degree Program Overview

We prepare students for critically reflective practice to use social work knowledge, values, and skills to demonstrate the intrinsic value of all humankind in a unified purpose to serve those in need and promote social justice and human rights.

The St. Catherine University Master of Social Work (MSW) program mission is to prepare clinical social workers for critically reflective social work practice.  We collaborate with students and communities to create learning environments grounded in social justice and scholarly inquiry with a critical perspective on social work knowledge, values, and skills, in order to lead and influence change.

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MSW Degree Program Accreditation

The master 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. 

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