Master of Social Work
Your social work career can impact individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. By earning your MSW at The College of St. Scholastica, you join a community of students who are committed to social work values and eager to advocate for social change.
I graduated with a better sense of self, which allowed me to visualize what I can contribute to my community.
* Tuition rates are for the 2023-24 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.
Program Format and Location
At The College of St. Scholastica, we design rigorous degree programs that are flexible enough to meet the needs of your busy life.
To that end, we have created a hybrid MSW program that blends on-campus and online courses, integrating weekly face-to-face classes which includes seminars, small group activities, labs and live lectures with web-based course delivery. You can pursue your degree in a flexible format without compromising the standards needed for Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure.
Please note: because online learning is an integral part of this program, access to broadband internet is required in order to complete coursework.
Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.
Regular Standing Track
Length: 2 years (63 credits)
This track is for students with bachelor’s degrees from fields other than social work. The track includes one year of foundational coursework built around core professional competencies. This is followed by a second-year within the program in an advanced concentration.
The Regular Standing track includes a minimum of 900 hours of supervised field practicum instruction.
Advanced Standing Track
Length: 1 year (38 credits)
This track, for students with a bachelor’s degree in social work, includes an advanced concentration, focusing a student’s studies on a particular area of interest within the field.
The Advanced Standing track includes a minimum of 450 hours of supervised field practicum instruction.
The College of St. Scholastica’s MSW program meets the Minnesota licensure standards which require LICSW candidates to document 360 clock hours (24 credits) in six clinical knowledge areas.
In addition to the completion of an MSW program, prospective licensees must complete 4,000 hours of practice. Of those hours, 1,800 are clinical and 200 are supervised. You’ll also need to pass an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam.
Do you have questions about licensure, degree requirements or our program? Take a moment to review The College of St. Scholastica’s MSW admissions information.
Prepare for Advanced Clinical Practice
By pursuing your master’s degree in social work at The College of St. Scholastica, you’ll be prepared to enter an in-demand field with opportunities to practice in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals and clinics, state and local government, child welfare agencies and more.
Be a leader for social change and use your career to advocate for others.
More than ever, social workers are taking on a greater role in activism, social justice and social change — leading higher education professionals from across the country to argue that the master’s in social work is becoming the new law degree.
As such, the job market is strong for MSWs and clinical social workers are in high demand. Duluth, the North Shore and much of greater Minnesota (excluding the Twin Cities) are designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This means the demand for mental health professionals greatly outweighs the number of practitioners in the area. It also means those who practice in an area designated as an HPSA may be eligible for federal or state loan forgiveness programs.
Both the Regular Standing Track and Advanced Standing Track offer two deadlines for applications. The priority deadline offers students an opportunity to learn of their acceptance into the program earlier in the application cycle. Applications will continue to be accepted until the application final deadline. Deadlines are:
Regular Standing Track Timeline
Cohort start time: Sept.
Application priority deadline: Feb. 15
Application final deadline: Aug. 1
Advanced Standing Track Timeline
Cohort start time: May
Application priority deadline: Feb. 15
Application final deadline: April 15
- Applicants should have a minimum of 3.0 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) or better on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
- BA/BS degree from a regionally accredited institution. No specific baccalaureate major is required.
A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.
- No GRE required
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