Graduate College | School of Social Work

Social Work (MSW)

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

  • Format: campus and hybrid (campus/online); late afternoon/evening classes
  • Location: St. Paul, MN
  • Credits: 38–56
  • Completion time: 1–3 years (depending on program track)

What can I do with a degree 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 the flexibility to work in a wide variety of practice areas throughout your career.

Growing areas of practice include:

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

How will I study?

Courses are offered on our St. Paul, MN campus, in a blended format that includes fully on-campus as well as hybrid (on campus and online) courses—all in a convenient schedule designed for working adults.

Two program options are available: Advanced Standing, a reduced-credit option for students with bachelor's degrees in social work; and Regular Standing, for students with bachelor's degrees in any subject. One-year and two-year tracks are available for Advanced Standing students. Regular Standing students select from two-year or three-year tracks.

In addition, MSW dual-degree options are available with St. Catherine's Holistic Health Studies or Theology master's degrees.

why St. Kate's?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning.

The MSW program is offered within the Graduate College through the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2019-20 academic year, the tuition rate for the MSW program is $799.50 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs for the program will include fees for student services and technology, books, etc.

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans. Another potential source of funding is tuition benefits from current employers.

St. Catherine University will offer special scholarships for students entering the MSW program in 2019. All new students will be considered for these scholarships - no separate application is required. If eligible, students will be notified at the time of acceptance. Scholarships include:

Academic Achievement Scholarship: A 20% tuition reduction for students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.50 and above.

Diversity Grant: A 20% tuition reduction for graduate students from disadvantaged and/or underrepresented groups with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.

Corporate Partner Scholarship: A 10% tuition reduction for employees of St. Catherine University's corporate partners.

Alumni Grant: A tuition reduction for students who have completed St. Catherine University or University of St. Thomas bachelor's degrees.

Program Accreditation

St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas are ending their formal collaboration on their joint social work programs. This change will take effect August 23, 2019. The St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work continued to operate as a collaborative through the 2018–2019 academic year, and the two universities have worked closely together toward a smooth and supportive transition for all of our students, faculty, alumnae/i, 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. Kate’s and St. Thomas 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 FAQ as details are known.

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MSW Degree Requirements

MSW Degree Requirements

Our social work master's program includes courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.



Our faculty are recognized scholars, researchers, and practicing clinicians who represent the diversity of the industry.

How to Apply

How to Apply

The MSW program has specific prerequisite and admission requirements. Learn more and get started.