St. Kate’s – St. Thomas School of Social Work

Prepare for ethical social work practice and leadership across multiple settings and among diverse populations.

  • Joint Programs 2018–2019, Individual Programs Fall 2019

    St. Kate's and the University of St. Thomas have announced the end of their jointly-offered social work programs. The St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work will continue to operate as a collaborative through the 2018–2019 academic year, and the two universities are working closely together toward a smooth and supportive transition for all of our students, faculty, alumnae/i, and community partners.

    Both institutions are committed to offering independent social work programs beginning in fall 2019.

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    Corrine Carvalho, Interim Dean of the School of Social Work

    Lisa Richardson, Director of MSW Field Education

    Social Work Faculty

    Joint Programs 2018–2019, Individual Programs Fall 2019

    Joint Programs 2018–2019, Individual Programs Fall 2019


    Prepare for generalist social work practice with a professional knowledge base.

    Becoming a social worker requires a strong sense of self to prepare for work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. As an undergraduate, you will develop as an individual and gain foundational knowledge and skills for your career or advanced education.

    Still deciding your major? Go ahead and apply to St. Kate’s and you will have the opportunity to sample some social work courses before you apply for admission to the major during spring of your junior year.

    Current juniors in social work at St. Kate's and St. Thomas can take advantage of accelerated admission into our Master of Social Work program.


    Learn by doing with our focus on clinical social work practice.

    Learn and work side-by-side with faculty who stay grounded in active clinical practice and research. Our nationally ranked Master of Social Work (MSW) program embraces the practitioner-scholar model for faculty and graduate students. You’ll develop core competencies in clinical practice, allowing you to think critically and diagnostically, develop and implement interventions and evaluate outcomes.

    With a solid foundation in clinical social work theory, practice and research, you’ll be prepared for myriad opportunities. You will be academically on track to apply for clinical licensure, but not all graduates do.


    Get high-quality, affordable access to continuing education hours.

    As you seek to achieve and maintain social work licensure, the School of Social Work provides professional education programs that meet licensure standards.

  • back to our roots

    Continuing a proud tradition of social work at St. Kate's

    St. Kate's began offering sociology courses with an emphasis in social work in the 1930s, and established a social work major in 1969.

    In 1974, the Colleges of St. Catherine and St. Thomas established a combined major in social work and received accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education the following year. In 1990, the two colleges began offering a master of social work program with an emphasis in clinical social work practice, and turned their joint department into the School of Social Work in 1996.

    In 2018, the decision was made to return back to our roots, launching independent BSW and MSW programs in fall 2019.