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Saint Louis University School of Social Work

Saint Louis University's School of Social Work provides students an academic experience rooted in research, real-world experience and a focus on humanity. 

Built upon an unwavering commitment to social justice, the school is a leader in integrating practice and education with faculty members who have made substantial contributions to the profession. Interactive teaching methods integrate community‐based practice with classroom activities and discussions. 

Top-Notch Academics

Founded in 1930, the school has since expanded its academic offerings to include programs in applied behavior analysis, urban planning and development, and criminology and criminal justice, while still maintaining its highly ranked social work programs. 

  • SLU's M.S.W. program is ranked in the top 20% of social work programs nationally.
  • Partnerships with a wide variety of agencies and organizations all over St. Louis City and St. Louis County provide students with diverse options for their internship and/or externship experiences
  • Accelerated programs, honors courses and minors are available for many programs.

Tailor your MSW degree to your career goals 

Start by selecting one of the following concentrations

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (57 credits)
  • Clinical (48 credits)
  • Community and Organization (48 credits)

100% of new graduate students in 2023 will receive scholarship support thanks to our generous alumni and benefactors. Plus, we offer a packaged price where there are no additional fees, and your tuition is locked in for the duration of your program. You may also qualify for federal graduate student loans and apply for assistantship and fellowship opportunities. Plus, incoming students receive one semester of a paid practicum experience while fulfilling your course requirements.

Our new flat-rate tuition pricing for ​Clinical and Community & Organization concentrations is:

  •  $48,000 for those who have an undergraduate degree in something other than Social Work (Foundational MSW);
  •  $30,000 for those who have a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from a CSWE accredited undergraduate program and earned a B or better in their social work courses. (Advanced Standing).

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