Your Steps to Apply: Dual Degree in Social Work (MSW) and Holistic Health (MAHS)

We welcome your application for the St. Catherine University MSW/MAHS.

St. Kate’s has a streamlined admission process – no application fee, no GRE test – to accelerate your MSW/MAHS onboarding process.

If you have questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact your admission counselor. They’re here to help!

MSW/MAHS Eligibility and Prerequisite Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Baccalaureate Degree

A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission). Advanced Standing students must have their BSW from a Counsel on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited institution. 

Grade Point Average

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale. If the applicant's GPA is less than 3.0, an explanatory statement must be submitted that addresses any factors that influenced previous academic performance, and how the applicant plans to ensure future academic success.

If you are unsure of your cumulative GPA, please use these instructions as a guide to help you determine if an explanatory statement is necessary.

Prerequisites

Specific prerequisite courses are required for the MSW portion of the dual degree program; review the next section for details. If you are unable to complete these courses before beginning the dual degree program, please consider applying solely to the MAHS degree first. But also note that if you begin the MAHS degree you will not be eligible to also register for undergraduate courses to complete the prerequisites here. For guidance, please contact your admission counselor.

College-level courses in the following areas are required:

  • statistics or research methods
  • human biology (lab not required)
  • lifespan developmental psychology (from birth to death) — students applying with a BSW may meet this requirement with Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Candidates may apply for the MSW program if they are missing one or more of the prerequisite courses, but all three courses must be completed prior to the first day of graduate classes. Please note that general/introductory biology and general/introductory psychology courses do not fulfill our prerequisite requirements.

**COVID-19 Exception: We strongly recommend that prerequisite courses be completed for a letter grade.  However, in light of many institutions mandating all Spring 2020 courses be Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (or Pass/Fail) or are allowing students the choice, we will accept a Satisfactory or Pass designation for any prerequisite course completed in the Spring 2020 term only.

Use the online Transfer Evaluation System (TES) resource to determine if a specific course you have taken (or plan to take) will fulfill a MSW prerequisite requirement. All St. Catherine course equivalencies listed in TES are fully verified by our Registrar's Office.

How to use TES:

  • Make note of the St. Catherine department abbreviation
    (BIOL, CHEM, MATH, etc.) and course numbers for the "St. Kate's equivalent" course list.
  • Connect to TES.
  • Identify the institution from which you have completed courses (or plan to complete courses). You may search for institutions using the “Find Transfer College by Name” search box, or use the alphabetical index provided.
  • Enter the course code for one of our MSW prerequisites (e.g., MATH 1080). Select “Home Course” and click on Search. This will identify any courses from the institution that are equivalent to the St. Catherine prerequisite course. You could also enter the code for the other institution’s course, and select “Transfer Course” and Search. This will identify any St. Catherine courses that might be equivalent to the other institution’s course.

If you have searched via TES and can’t find a specific school or course listing, contact your admission counselor for assistance. Please include the institution, course name and number, and course description in your email.

How do I apply?

A reminder: When choosing your track, note that Advanced Standing (AS) is for those that already have a BSW; Regular Standing (RS) is for all other applicants.  Additionally, there are a number of different format options (1, 2 and 3 year for AS or 2, 3 and 4 year for RS). While each student will have the opportunity to create individual plans of study in conjunction with both program directors, we recommend applicants consider applying to longer tracks for the MSW portion to accommodate the rigor of attending both programs. It is also important to note, the MSW admission committee may offer admission to a different (and perhaps longer) track that they determine is better suited for an applicant based on prior academic performance or other factors.

Application Form

Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.

Deadline

If you would like to begin with the MSW coursework, the priority application deadline is January 10.

If you would like to begin with MAHS coursework, the application priority deadlines are August 1 (fall) and December 1 (spring). Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

Personal Statement

Prepare a personal statement that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing dual graduate programs. All applicants whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 must also include an explanatory statement. Please submit one document addressing the following in separate essays and provide a separately titled section in the same document if submitting an Explanatory Statement.

PLEASE NOTE: Current St. Kate's BSW students applying to the Accelerated MSW program are required to submit a different personal statement prompt. Please see information sent to you from the BSW program director, for details.

Part 1

This section of the personal statement provides an opportunity to demonstrate your written communication skills, understanding of an issue relevant to social work, ability to critically assess the dimensions of the issue and present a coherent presentation. Use formal citation (as needed) to support your perspective. Answering this part will also prompt consideration for the MSW Social Justice Mission Scholarship. (Maximum 1,500 words) Identify and critically assess an important social justice issue for professional social workers now and in the next decade. Provide evidence to support your assessment; include citations. Incorporate your own perspective on the role and responsibility of social workers relevant to this issue.

Part 2

A. Identify your professional goals and discuss how the MSW program at St. Catherine University, with its emphasis on critical clinical social work practice, will help you achieve those goals. Provide specific examples. (Maximum 500 words)

B. Identify and reflect on your strengths and limitations relative to professional social work. Consider how both will contribute to your success in the field of social work. Be candid with examples of strengths, and state how you have addressed, or are currently managing, your limitations related to professional social work. (Maximum 500 words)

Part 3

Please address you interest in the field of holistic health studies, your background in related fields and your personal and professional goals pursuing the dual degree in holistic health and social work at St. Kate's. How do you see yourself implementing the knowledge and skills gained from both of these programs in your career?

Explanatory Statement

If you are an applicant who does not meet the minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA requirement, please include an explanation of factors that affected previous academic performance, as well as your plan to ensure academic success in a graduate program. This statement should be limited to 400 words and is in addition to the personal statement described above.

If you have already submitted the application form, you may upload your personal statement via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application). Please include your full name at the top of the statement.

If you wish to submit the personal statement prior to the application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the statement as an attachment via email to graduateadmission@stkate.edu with “MSW/MAHS Personal Statement” in the subject line.

Résumé

Submit a current résumé. Please differentiate between paid work experience and volunteer activities. Indicate whether the experience/activity was part-time or full-time in nature, and specify the dates of employment/volunteering.

If you have already submitted the application form, you may upload your résumé via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application).

If you wish to submit the résumé prior to the application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the résumé as an attachment via email to graduateadmission@stkate.edu with “MSW/MAHS Résumé” in the subject line.

Recommendation Forms

Three recommendations are required for MSW/MAHS applicants.

MSW recommendation forms must be completed by individuals who can attest to the intellectual ability, professional competence and leadership ability of the applicant. Only professional or academic references will be considered; personal references are not acceptable. References must complete both the checklist and the accompanying statement sections of the form.

A link to the recommendation form will be sent when the Recommendations section of the MSW application form has been completed. Please alert your references in advance to expect an email from St. Catherine University. These are confidential recommendations submitted directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission; applicants who wish to view the recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.

Transcripts

Transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework), even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. For the initial review of your application, we will accept official transcripts sent directly from the institution or scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts. All documents must be up-to-date and include your name, institution name, all courses taken with grades and degrees received (if applicable). Screenshots from your institution’s website or degree evaluations from your student portal will not be accepted. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded using your applicant status page (a link is sent once you’ve started an application) or sent as an attachment to graduateadmission@stkate.edu.

Upon an offer of acceptance, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from baccalaureate and graduate (if applicable) degree granting institutions before registration for courses is allowed. Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. Transcripts that do not meet these criteria will be considered unofficial and will not be used to complete the applicant’s file. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to St. Catherine University (graduateadmission@stkate.edu); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.

Fieldwork Instructor Evaluation

Advanced-standing applicants must submit a copy of the senior fieldwork evaluation from their undergraduate social work program. Applicants may submit a copy of the evaluation from their own records (if they retained the paperwork after graduation). Otherwise, applicants should contact the social work department at their undergraduate institution and request that a copy be sent to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. If the evaluation is no longer on file, the social work department should submit a brief letter of explanation to our office. Students who have not yet completed their senior field placement may submit a copy of their junior fieldwork evaluation. You may submit the fieldwork evaluation as an attachment via email to graduateadmission@stkate.edu with "MSW Fieldwork Eval" in the subject line.

TOEFL/IELTS Scores

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5. Applicants who have achieved an ELS level 112 or higher may submit those scores in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.

Credential Evaluation

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES), as well as original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English. In addition, if you are applying for one of our Advanced Standing options and completed your BSW outside of the United States or Canada, you must also complete a CSWE Credential Evaluation as part of the application process. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.

Submitting Materials

Electronic documents may be directed to: graduateadmission@stkate.edu

Paper documents may be mailed to:

St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission #4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that her or his application is completed by the deadline. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.

International Applicants

Please review the information below regarding other application materials that may be required for international applicants.

Deadlines

Earlier deadlines may apply for international applicants to ensure that all immigration requirements can be met in time for you to enroll in the desired term. Contact your admission counselor with questions.

International Student Forms

International applicants for graduate study must complete the International Information section of the application form.

The U.S. government requires international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before the University can issue forms necessary to obtain a visa. International applicants must submit a Certification of Finances form.

Additional Documentation

Some international applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, such as a credential evaluation, language test scores, etc. Please review the application instructions for your graduate program for more information.

Submitting Materials

Please submit the Certification of Finances form to the Office of Graduate Admission; review your graduate program application instructions for submitting educational documentation and test scores. The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents.

St. Catherine University
Office of Graduate Admission 4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Email: graduateadmission@stkate.edu
Telephone: 651-690-6933


Questions about the application process?

Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.).

Contact an admission counselor