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School of Social Work

Admissions and Financial Aid

Apply to the School of Social Work

Browse the information below to find information about applying to undergraduate, master's, doctorate and non-degree social work programs.

Visit our international admissions page for program-specific information about applying as an international student. 

Questions?

Contact the School of Social Work at socialwork@stthomas.edu or (651) 962-5800.

Admissions Information by Program

  • Undergraduate Studies
  • Master of Social Work
  • Doctor of Social Work
  • Non-Degree Coursework
  • Undergraduate Studies

    Undergraduate students interested in a major or co-major in social work, or a minor in social welfare, must apply and be accepted to the University of St. Thomas first.

    Major Admission Requirements

    Students take some social work courses prior to admission to the major, which occurs in the spring of their junior year. To be formally accepted into the social work major, the student will:

    1. Have junior standing.
    2. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 at time of admission to the major.
    3. Complete a Major Field Card (St. Thomas).
    4. Achieve a C- or above on the four supporting courses and all social work courses.
    5. Submit a copy of current transcript. (Unofficial copy is acceptable.)
    6. Submit a copy of first semester field evaluations and your Standards for Academic and Professional Performance (SAPP).
    7. Complete an Information Form for social work faculty panel.
    8. Complete an interview with academic advisor.
    9. Be reviewed and approved by social work faculty.

    Description of Admissions Procedures

    1. All admission to the major forms are distributed and explained in spring semester of junior fieldwork SOWK 375.
    2. Meeting with academic advisor:  February or March of Junior year
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    Master of Social Work

    Advanced vs. Regular Standing

    1. Advanced Standing (AS) admission is for applicants with an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Advanced Standing students complete 38 credits and 600 hours of field practicum for their degree.
    2. Regular Standing (RS) admission is for applicants without an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Regular Standing students complete 56 credits and 1,000 hours of field practicum for their degree.

    Admissions Requirements

    • Undergraduate degree – students must have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) - preferred. If your cumulative GPA is below 3.0, you should include an Explanation of GPA Statement with your application if you feel you can explain any extraordinary circumstances for your low GPA and/or why it is not indicative of your potential for success in a graduate program.
    • Prior experience – post-undergraduate social service practice experience is preferred, but not required, for admission.
    • Prerequisite content – students admitted to the program need to have completed a course in three specific areas: one in statistics or research methods, one in human biology and one in lifespan developmental psychology. Applicants do not need to have these courses completed in order to apply, but they must be completed before you start classes in the program.
    • Letters of recommendation – applicants must submit three complete (required form/checklist and letter from each recommender) recommendations
    • Personal statement – applicants must submit a personal statement addressing the specific questions listed on the application form.
    • Fieldwork evaluation – advanced standing applicants only. A copy of your final evaluation from your senior field practicum will be reviewed.

    The admission process is based on a holistic review of all materials submitted.

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    Doctor of Social Work

    Admissions Requirements:

    • MSW degree from a program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)
      • Transcript evaluation and acceptable test scores for proof of English proficiency, as detailed on the International Admissions Graduate Application Checklist, as appropriate for international applicants
    • Minimum of three years post-MSW social work practice experience
    • Previous teaching experience in higher education (adjunct or full-time) - strongly preferred
    • Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for previous graduate work
    • Three letters of recommendation attesting to capacity of student to do doctoral level work
    • Writing sample that demonstrates capacity for doctoral work
    • A personal statement that convincingly addresses the questions provided
    • Commitment to teach and lead in the social work profession as evident in letters of reference, personal statement and writing sample
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    Non-Degree Coursework

    Option 1: Pre-acceptance to the MSW program

    You can take courses in the MSW program before being admitted by registering as a non-degree student. Non-degree students can take up to 6 credits (2 courses) before they are accepted. The courses taken as a non-degree student will apply to your degree if admitted.

    Non-degree registration is available for GRSW 500, 540 and any 500-level elective course on a space-available basis after degree-seeking students have registered.

    Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid and are not guaranteed admission to the MSW program.

    Option 2: Post-MSW coursework for LICSW licensure

    If you already have an MSW degree and are looking to complete clock hours in specific clinical knowledge areas for LICSW licensure that you did not fulfill in your MSW program, you may be eligible to register for post-MSW coursework.

    Email the MSW program manager for further information regarding the non-degree application and registration process.

    Undergraduate Studies

    Undergraduate students interested in a major or co-major in social work, or a minor in social welfare, must apply and be accepted to the University of St. Thomas first.

    Major Admission Requirements

    Students take some social work courses prior to admission to the major, which occurs in the spring of their junior year. To be formally accepted into the social work major, the student will:

    1. Have junior standing.
    2. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 at time of admission to the major.
    3. Complete a Major Field Card (St. Thomas).
    4. Achieve a C- or above on the four supporting courses and all social work courses.
    5. Submit a copy of current transcript. (Unofficial copy is acceptable.)
    6. Submit a copy of first semester field evaluations and your Standards for Academic and Professional Performance (SAPP).
    7. Complete an Information Form for social work faculty panel.
    8. Complete an interview with academic advisor.
    9. Be reviewed and approved by social work faculty.

    Description of Admissions Procedures

    1. All admission to the major forms are distributed and explained in spring semester of junior fieldwork SOWK 375.
    2. Meeting with academic advisor:  February or March of Junior year
    Apply Now

    Master of Social Work

    Advanced vs. Regular Standing

    1. Advanced Standing (AS) admission is for applicants with an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Advanced Standing students complete 38 credits and 600 hours of field practicum for their degree.
    2. Regular Standing (RS) admission is for applicants without an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Regular Standing students complete 56 credits and 1,000 hours of field practicum for their degree.

    Admissions Requirements

    • Undergraduate degree – students must have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) - preferred. If your cumulative GPA is below 3.0, you should include an Explanation of GPA Statement with your application if you feel you can explain any extraordinary circumstances for your low GPA and/or why it is not indicative of your potential for success in a graduate program.
    • Prior experience – post-undergraduate social service practice experience is preferred, but not required, for admission.
    • Prerequisite content – students admitted to the program need to have completed a course in three specific areas: one in statistics or research methods, one in human biology and one in lifespan developmental psychology. Applicants do not need to have these courses completed in order to apply, but they must be completed before you start classes in the program.
    • Letters of recommendation – applicants must submit three complete (required form/checklist and letter from each recommender) recommendations
    • Personal statement – applicants must submit a personal statement addressing the specific questions listed on the application form.
    • Fieldwork evaluation – advanced standing applicants only. A copy of your final evaluation from your senior field practicum will be reviewed.

    The admission process is based on a holistic review of all materials submitted.

    Apply Now

    Doctor of Social Work

    Admissions Requirements:

    • MSW degree from a program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)
      • Transcript evaluation and acceptable test scores for proof of English proficiency, as detailed on the International Admissions Graduate Application Checklist, as appropriate for international applicants
    • Minimum of three years post-MSW social work practice experience
    • Previous teaching experience in higher education (adjunct or full-time) - strongly preferred
    • Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for previous graduate work
    • Three letters of recommendation attesting to capacity of student to do doctoral level work
    • Writing sample that demonstrates capacity for doctoral work
    • A personal statement that convincingly addresses the questions provided
    • Commitment to teach and lead in the social work profession as evident in letters of reference, personal statement and writing sample
    Apply Now

    Non-Degree Coursework

    Option 1: Pre-acceptance to the MSW program

    You can take courses in the MSW program before being admitted by registering as a non-degree student. Non-degree students can take up to 6 credits (2 courses) before they are accepted. The courses taken as a non-degree student will apply to your degree if admitted.

    Non-degree registration is available for GRSW 500, 540 and any 500-level elective course on a space-available basis after degree-seeking students have registered.

    Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid and are not guaranteed admission to the MSW program.

    Option 2: Post-MSW coursework for LICSW licensure

    If you already have an MSW degree and are looking to complete clock hours in specific clinical knowledge areas for LICSW licensure that you did not fulfill in your MSW program, you may be eligible to register for post-MSW coursework.

    Email the MSW program manager for further information regarding the non-degree application and registration process.

    Master of Social Work Application Process

    The MSW priority application deadline for all options is January 10; secondary deadline for extended-time completion options is March 10 (if space is available).

    You can download the PDF of our Master of Social Work frequently asked questions

    The online application will have instructions to provide the following:

    • List of all associate, undergraduate, and graduate degree institutions attended and whether degree was completed or not at that institution
    • Official transcript for each institution where a course was completed is required
    • If applying for an Advanced Standing track, upload a copy of their BSW Field Evaluation
    • Question about completion of the pre-requisite courses (Human Biology, Lifespan/Developmental Psychology, Statistics/Research Methods)

    The application will ask for your current or most recent employer. You can only enter one employer, but your entire employment history will be reviewed using your 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. You will be asked to upload this as a PDF (preferred) or Word document.

    Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for the MSW application. Please provide contact information below for individuals who can attest to your skills and experience. MSW recommendation forms must be completed by individuals who can attest to applicant’s readiness for graduate social work education, including:
    • Self-reflection, engagement, and respect for others
    • Engagement as a learner and preparation for graduate education
    • Previous related experiences- personal, professional, or educational- that would prepare the applicant for advanced social work practice
    Only professional, community, 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. These are confidential recommendations submitted directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admissions; applicants who wish to view the recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.

    Only Advanced Standing applicants need to provide evaluation from their fieldwork instructor.

    Proof of completion of three prerequisite courses that must be completed before starting the MSW program:
    • Statistics or Research Methods
    • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
    • Human Biology
    You may apply to the MSW program if you are missing one or more prerequisites, but all prerequisites must be completed before the first day of graduate classes. 

    If you are missing one of these courses, click on the course to see a PDF of options in Minnesota or online that meet the prerequisite requirement.

    NOTE: In recent years, most incoming students have elected to take the online courses offered by Sophia.org or Study.com to meet needed prerequisite requirements. These online courses are designed to be self-paced and able to be completed in two months or less.

    If you have any questions about whether your previous coursework meets these prerequisite requirements, or if a course you've found will meet the requirement, please email the MSW program. Be prepared to share the course name and description (from the course catalog) of the course in question.  As appropriate, you may be asked for a course syllabus to help us determine if the course covered the required content.

    Note: Most advanced standing students (with a BSW from a program accredited by CSWE) have met the prerequisite requirements, although the content may be covered under different course names.

    If you are completing a prerequisite course after admission to the MSW program, we will need you to have the transcript sent directly to the program:

    St. Thomas Master of Social Work
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    If the institution provides the option to have the transcript emailed directly to the MSW program as a PDF, it can be sent to: MSWinfo@stthomas.edu.


    The personal statement component of your application to the MSW Program at the University of St. Thomas will be used to assess your writing, critical thinking, and capacity for self-awareness and self-reflection in terms of readiness for graduate level work and supervised practice in the field. Please respond to each of the following questions in no more than 1,500 words (about 6 pages, double-spaced):

    1. Describe your understanding of the social work profession. What personal, professional, and/or educational experiences have drawn you to this profession?
    2. In what ways has diversity, equity, and inclusion influenced your personal, educational, and professional experiences? What do you see as the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in your future social work practice?
    3. The capacity for self-reflection, engagement, and respect in situations that challenge one’s values and beliefs is a necessary component of a professional social work practice that supports the dignity and worth of others. Describe an experience you have had in an academic, volunteer, or professional setting that required you to demonstrate these capacities and what you learned from that experience.
    4. Discuss your decision to pursue a graduate program now. What personal and/or professional factors have led you to want to pursue an MSW. How do you plan to balance the program’s academic and field responsibilities with outside responsibilities and obligations? How will you contribute to the community of the School of Social Work, College of Health, and the University of St. Thomas?

    This section of the application 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 preparation for graduate-level writing.

    In 500 to 1,000 words (two to three pages double spaced), please respond to the following questions on Jones’s article. Your response should be written using formal, academic language with APA style citations and a reference list. You are welcome (but not required to) include references other than the assigned article.
    • Provide a brief overview of the key concepts of the article.
    • Relate the key concepts to the mission and vision of the Morrison Family College of Health (MFCOH) and School of Social Work (SSW).
    • Provide examples of three levels of racism in clinical social work practice.
    • How would you integrate this into your future learning experiences and/or social work practice?

    If you feel it would be pertinent to your application, please take this opportunity to contextualize your academic journey (for example, if you have a non-social work background, are making a career change, or your undergraduate grades do not reflect your academic preparedness). Provide us with any details or explanations that will help the reviewers accurately understand your previous academic performance and experiences. As well, please address what support systems you have in place to help you succeed in your graduate studies. (250 words)

    Doctor of Social Work Application Process

    The application for 2022 is now open! The application deadline is January 15.

    The online application includes the following:

    Academic history of each undergraduate and graduate institution attended is required. Please add allinstitutions from which you received credit, even if you did not receive a degree and even if the credit appears on your degree-granting institution’s transcript. 
    • Note: If you do not list an institution and it appears on another transcript, the graduate admissions office will add this institution to your application checklist as a required transcript. Your file will not be considered complete until ALL transcripts have been received. 
    • Exception: Transcripts for advanced placement courses and study abroad transfer credits are not required.

    The application will ask for your current or most recent employer. You can only enter one employer, but your entire employment history will be reviewed using your resume or CV.

    Upload a current resume or curriculum vita (CV) that documents education, professional licenses (include state), teaching experience (indicate full-time or part-time), professional experience (indicate full-time or part-time), professional publications and presentations, and service/volunteer experience. Your resume should clearly detail your 2+ years post-MSW social work practice experience. You will be asked to upload this as a PDF (preferred) or Word document.

    You will email your recommenders directly through the online application. Please note, the DSW recommendation process has two parts: 
    1. Recommenders will be asked to prepare a written statement of recommendation to upload into the application portal as a PDF (preferred) or Word file. This recommendation letter should address the applicant's potential for success in an online doctoral program focused on education as practice. Areas to consider:
      • the applicant's commitment, capability, and suitability for teaching in social work, including ethical standards and commitment to social justice
      • ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and abilities
      • work performance and workload management abilities
      • capacity for contributing to social work knowledge through writing and scholarship
    2. Recommenders will be asked to assess the applicant on a number of criteria and to provide their contact information.
    After you enter each recommender's name and email address into the online application, click the "Save & Send Email to Recommender" box to send the recommendation request.

    Prepare a written response that addresses each of the following (no longer than six double-spaced pages):

    • What circumstances and experiences motivate you to seek a Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) in education as practice, with its teaching, scholar practitioner and leadership roles, at this point in your career?
    • Describe your vision of leadership in social work education and indicate how you see yourself implementing this vision as an educational leader.
    • Identify and reflect on your strengths and limitations relative to successfully completing an online and doctoral program; include dimensions such as your ability to be a self-directed learner, writing experience and ability, and things you have done to develop your academic skills.

    To demonstrate your academic writing skills and provide evidence of your ability to think critically and analytically, please write a paper on a topic of interest to you in social work.

    • You may wish to consider a topic you are interested in as a focus for your banded dissertation or that relates to social work education.
    • The writing sample should be 3-5 pages in length and formatted in APA Style, including a title page and reference section (not included in the 3-5 page limit).
      • Examples include: essay, brief literature review, conceptual paper, or a section of a longer paper.
      • If your writing sample is from a longer paper, it must be from the past year and you must provide a brief (2-3 sentence) introductory statement to provide context for the reviewer.

    Application Deadlines

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work
  • Doctor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Social Work

    • Meet with advisor: February or March of Junior year
    • Acceptance into major: Spring semester of Junior year
    Bachelor of Social Work

    Master of Social Work

    • Application open: September 1
    • Priority application deadline: January 10
    • Extended deadline (part-time tracks only, if space is available): March 10
    Master of Social Work

    Doctor of Social Work

    • Application open: September 1
    • Application deadline: January 15
    Doctorate of Social Work

    Bachelor of Social Work

    • Meet with advisor: February or March of Junior year
    • Acceptance into major: Spring semester of Junior year
    Bachelor of Social Work

    Master of Social Work

    • Application open: September 1
    • Priority application deadline: January 10
    • Extended deadline (part-time tracks only, if space is available): March 10
    Master of Social Work

    Doctor of Social Work

    • Application open: September 1
    • Application deadline: January 15
    Doctorate of Social Work

    Tuition and Fees

    BSW Program: Review undergraduate costs at St. Thomas.

    MSW Program: $799.50 per credit. Advanced standing students take a total of 38 credits. Regular standing students take a total of 56 credits. 

    DSW Program: $1,131 per credit. A total of 45 credits is required to complete the program.


    • Technology Fee: Graduate students who take six or more credits will be assessed a $116.50 technology fee each term. The technology fee for students taking three to five credits is $58.25 per term.
    • Health Fee: Graduate students who take six or more credits will be assessed a $36 health fee each term. The health fee for students taking three to five credits is $18 per term.
    • Writing Fee: $15 per semester
    • Application Fee: $0

    Scholarships, Grants and Financial Aid

    Each year the School of Social Work provides well over $250,000 in scholarship and grant awards to incoming graduate students. In addition, many students receive outside scholarships and grants. Students are encouraged to seek additional external scholarships and to explore St. Thomas Graduate Financial Aid to opportunities. 

    Awards Not Requiring a Separate Application

    Eligibility for these awards is based on information provided in the MSW application. There is no separate scholarship/grant application. Award notices are sent after acceptance to the program.

    Purpose

    The purpose of the MSW Diversity Scholarship is to recruit, train, educate, and retain MSW students who represent the communities where social workers serve; meet the community’s and profession’s need for a more diverse workforce; and create inclusive and equitable learning environments that will assist in building cultural competence and awareness among the student body as a whole. In creating a diverse community, students will be able to share and learn from multiple perspectives, enhance the cultural competency of the overall program, and be prepared to practice at the highest professional standards, as set forth in our Council on Social Work Education Accreditation Standards and the NASW Code of Ethics.

    Guidelines

    • The MSW Diversity Scholarship is equivalent to a 20% discount.
    • The MSW Diversity Scholarship will be deducted from each semester’s tuition for the duration of the student’s enrollment. Students will not need to reapply or notify the program again once it has been awarded. Students will need to maintain in good academic standing.
    • All qualifying students are eligible for other grants and scholarships for which they are eligible (in addition to the MSW Diversity Scholarship), except for the Catholic Charities discount program and the MSW Mission Grant.

    Eligibility and How to Be Considered

    Applicants will be automatically reviewed based on a holistic review of their application. We will consider applications that demonstrates unique background or experiences that will contribute to the diversity and cultural competence of the student body or social work profession and how it contributes to the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and reimagining a future for the communities we live in free from racial disparities. We will also consider applicants who present the strongest overall application based on a holistic review. The number of recipients of the MSW Diversity Scholarship varies annually, based on eligibility and budgetary considerations.

    Applicants will be notified if they have been awarded the MSW Diversity Scholarship in March.


    This scholarship aims to support students' unique contributions to the MSW program and its mission through their lived and professional experiences, and commitment to the social work profession. Applicants will be automatically considered based on a holistic review of their application with special considerations to the below criteria:

    • Demonstrated social work-related, full-time professional practice experience
    • Demonstrated commitment to practice within underrepresented communities, advancing social justice and health equity
    • Demonstrated potential to make unique contributions to future social work practice consistent with the mission of St. Thomas, the Morrison Family College of Health, and the MSW program
    • Clearly articulated readiness for social work practice by demonstrating their capacity for self-reflection, engagement, and respect

    Guidelines

    • The scholarship is equivalent to 20% of tuition discount
    • The scholarship will be deducted from each semester’s tuition for the duration of the student’s enrollment. Students will not need to reapply or notify the program again once it has been awarded. Students will need to maintain in good academic standing per the guidelines in the MSW Student Handbook
    • All qualifying students are eligible for other grants and scholarships for which they are eligible (in addition to the MSW Mission Scholarship), except for the Catholic Charities discount program and the MSW Diversity Grant

    Eligibility and How to Be Considered

    Applicants will be automatically considered based on a holistic review of their application. We will consider applications that demonstrate unique contributions to the MSW program and those which present the strongest overall application. The number of recipients of the MSW Mission Scholarship varies annually, based on eligibility and budgetary considerations.

    Applicants will be notified if they have been awarded the scholarship MSW Mission in March.


    The MSW Pathways Scholarship aims to support students who have experienced less-than-typical pathways to graduate school. At the School of Social Work, we recognize that many applicants to our MSW program may have taken a less direct route to graduate school than others, due to family obligations, dedication to public, volunteer, or military service, career change, financial challenges, or for some other reason. We value students with these diverse educational, professional, and lived experiences, and believe that they can be an asset to our program and profession. 

    Guidelines

    • The scholarship is equivalent to 10% of tuition discount 
    • The scholarship will be deducted from each semester’s tuition for the duration of the student’s enrollment. Students will not need to reapply or notify the program again once it has been awarded. Students will need to maintain in good academic standing.
    • All qualifying students are eligible for other grants and scholarships for which they are eligible (in addition to the MSW Pathways Scholarship), except for the Catholic Charities discount program

    Eligibility and How to Be Considered

    Applicants will be automatically reviewed based on a holistic review of their application. We will consider applications that has demonstrated a less than typical pathway to graduate school and will consider applicants who present the strongest overall application based on a holistic review. The number of recipients of the MSW Pathways Scholarship varies annually, based on eligibility and budgetary considerations. 

    Applicants will be notified if they have been awarded the MSW Pathways Scholarship in March. 


    The St. Thomas MSW program places a high value on social service experience and recognizes that students who have served at least one year in a service program such as AmeriCorps and the Catholic Volunteer Network have gained valuable professional, educational, and life skills, including cross-cultural experience and civic engagement.

    In summer 2020, St. Thomas joined the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Applicants who have served (or are serving) at least one year in a qualifying AmeriCorps program are eligible. Additionally, applicants who have served (or are serving) at least one year in full-time, service placement within the Catholic Volunteer Network (a network of 185+ programs) are eligible for the MSW Service Grant. This service should be indicated on the survey that will be sent to all St. Thomas MSW admitted students.

    The MSW Service Grant represents a tuition discount of 10%. The Service Grant will be deducted from each semester's tuition for the duration of the MSW program. All qualifying students will receive the service grant in addition to the other scholarship/grant(s) for which they are eligible. Students are eligible only if they are starting the program as new students in summer or fall 2021.


    MSW Awards Requiring a Separate Application

    After acceptance to the MSW program, incoming students are provided information about additional scholarship and financial assistance programs for which they are invited to apply.

    These opportunities include the following:

    Students can apply for the following endowed scholarships offered by the School of Social Work:

    • Jan Andrews Schenk Memorial Scholarship (JASMS) for a student who demonstrates commitment to the promotion of social justice through social group work. Read the JASMS summary.
    • Bernard P. Hart Scholarship for a student returning to school after raising a family.
    • Archbishop John Ireland Scholarship is for full-time students who are of African-American/Caribbean descent.

    We have reached our distribution limit for the Shanti Sah Emergency Grant for this academic year. We hope to offer this grant again next year. Please check back for updates. We encourage you to re-apply if and when the grant is offered again.

    The Shanti Sah Emergency Grant was established as a tribute to Shanti Sah, who lived in the Himalayas and had limited financial resources but was committed to helping others and supporting the education of those who were not able to pay for their own education.

    This grant provides financial support to undergraduate (junior or senior status) and graduate students who are experiencing significant financial barriers to their education in the Morrison Family College of Health. Each recipient must demonstrate financial need of an urgent nature and describe the circumstances that may be disruptive to the completion of their education.

    This grant is for students from underrepresented populations who are currently enrolled in a degree-granting program within the College of Health. The family requests that students receiving the Shanti Sah Memorial Scholarship send a thank you letter to the family and that they receive and read the Shanti Sah Tribute letter. An excerpt from the letter appears below:

    “In spite of Shanti Sah’s limited financial resources she was unfailingly generous. She extended her hospitality and help to many, regardless of their caste, creed, or socio-economic status. That is how she continues to inspire her family, and the family is honoring Shanti’s memory by helping dedicated young people to achieve their dreams.”


    The School of Social Work offers numerous graduate research assistantship opportunities each year. Applying for a research assistantship is an excellent opportunity to work with individual faculty or staff on academic research or special projects. Research assistantships run from September - May and are paid $14.25/hr. Students are awarded a certain number of total hours for the year (typically 100 hours), depending on the needs of the faculty/staff member with whom they are matched.

    Please direct questions to Lisa Dalsin at lmdalsin@stthomas.edu.


    Students accepted into one of the MSW Areas of Emphasis Scholar programs gain specialized training in a specific field of social work as well as a $1,000 tuition remission. Admitted students can apply through OneStThomas.

    AEIR scholars from immigrant or refugee communities are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 annually thanks to the Traudt Family Scholarship.

    Please direct questions to Lisa Dalsin at lmdalsin@stthomas.edu.


    During the summer of 2021, the School of Social Work received its largest federal grant ever: $1.9 million from the U.S. Health and Resources Administration (HRSA). The grant will enable the School of Social Work to provide $10,000 scholarships over four years to 116 Master of Social Work students in clinical field placements, with the ultimate goal of expanding integrated behavioral health services for medically underserved communities.

    Every year for four years, 29 MSW students completing their clinical field placements will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Selected students, known as Integrated Behavioral Health Care (IBHC) Clinical Scholars, will participate in the IBHC Training Program and receive specialized training in IBHC, specifically with medically underserved populations.

    For more information, please email MSWinfo@stthomas.edu.


    The Trauma Informed Interdisciplinary Practices (TIIP) grant advances the common good by preparing individuals from diverse cultural communities to fill critical shortages in early childhood special education and social work to serve children with disabilities. Participants will receive a scholarship worth a maximum of $10,000 applicable to tuition.

    MSW Opportunities Tied to Field Placement

    Application details for these opportunities will be shared during field orientation.
    The Family Partnership's (TFP's) DSWAP program is designed to increase the number of individuals from immigrant, refugee, LGBTQ and minority communities working in the field of mental health. The School of Social Work partners with TFP to select up to three DSWAP Scholars each year.

    This program provides mentorship, scholarships and training to empower people of color in Minnesota to enter the mental health field.

    Attend an Information Session

    Do you have questions about admissions or the application process? Attend an upcoming information session or drop by during a coffee hour to get your questions answered.