College for Adults | School of Social Work

Social Work

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? Then the social work major, offered on our St. Paul campus, is the program for you! Gain skills and experience to enhance social justice and community engagement. You'll empower and improve the lives of individuals, groups, and families with a hybrid (on-campus and online) social work degree in St. Paul, offered through St. Kate's College for Adults.

Program Details

  • Classes meet: Evenings/weekends
  • Location: St. Paul campus
  • Credits for major: 44
  • Time to completion: 24 months

what can I do with a degree in Social Work?

Social work is a licensed profession. Our BSW students gain real-world work experience during 600 hours of field placement and graduate prepared to take the licensure exam required to practice social work in Minnesota. We prepare 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
  • Work within social action organizations
  • Gerontological social work
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Justice and corrections
  • Community mental health case management
  • Social services administration
  • Work with military, veterans, and their families
  • Chemical dependency and substance abuse
  • Crisis intervention
  • Working in the private sector

what will I study?

In the hybrid (on-campus and online) social work program, you will 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
  • Strengths-based intervention and support for individuals, families and communities

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why St. Kate’s?

St. Catherine University credentials carry weight in the working world. Employers hire Katies because we’re well-rounded with deep entrepreneurial spirit. Plus, a St. Kate’s private, adult-centered education is more affordable than you might think!

Tuition and Financial Aid

  • Tuition (2018–19): $445/credit
  • Financial Aid: Most College for Adults students receive some form of financial aid. Find out more

Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs for the program will include fees for student services and technology, books, etc

Program Accreditation

The joint social work program at St. Catherine’s and St. Thomas received its first accreditation in 1974 from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Since that time, the St. Kate's–St. Thomas School of Social Work has successfully obtained reaffirmation of accreditation through 2019.

As St. Kate's and St. Thomas build independent social work programs, both universities will pursue accreditation through CSWE. The accrediting body will review our application and ultimately make a decision regarding accreditation by summer 2020.

why our students choose social work

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Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

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Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Our faculty are active researchers, industry and academic award winners and influential members of professional organizations. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.

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