Interested in social work as a career? As an undergraduate or graduate student of St. Kate’s you have access to our nationally ranked and accredited social work degree program created in partnership with University of St. Thomas. In fact, you’ll likely attend classes on both campuses. We also serve active professionals with high-quality, affordable opportunities to earn continuing education hours (CEHs).
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.
Courses for the major are offered jointly by St. Kate's and St. Thomas, but students pursue their degrees from one university or the other. If you are admitted to St. Kate’s, you will take the St. Kate’s liberal arts core curriculum in addition to your social work courses. You can enter St. Kate’s as an Undergraduate Day or an Evening/Weekend/Online student.
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.
As an effective social work practitioner with an MSW degree, this program will give you the skills and credentials you need to teach and lead the social work profession — making you stewards of the discipline. The program will prepare you to engage students in transformational teaching, develop an identity as a scholar practitioner, write for publication and pursue social justice through service and leadership.
As you seek to achieve and maintain social work licensure, the School of Social Work provides professional education programs that meet licensure standards.