Social Work | Master of Social Work Degree

At Saint Louis University School of Social Work, students earn a degree in the distinguished fields of social work or applied behavior analysis, fields that empower people to use their knowledge to touch the lives of others.

Deeply rooted in a mission of social justice, the School of Social Work is a leader in integrating social work practice and education.

There are a variety of ways to suit your goals:

  • Graduate-level day and evening courses
  • Dual-degree programs in social work and public health, pastoral studies, law, and public administration
  • Earn a specialization in school social work, clinical practice with families, community mental health, Non-Profit Administration or gerontology.
MSW in Social Work School of Social Work
Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
March 1 (Priority Deadline*)
Aug. 1 (Final Deadline)
-- Application Form
-- Resume
-- Application Fee
-- Professional Statement
-- Minimum Three (3) Confidential Reference Letters
-- Academic Transcripts
-- Interview

(Advantages of the web application)
Oct. 1 (Priority Deadline*)
Dec. 15 (Final Deadline)
Summer: No Admittance
Dir. of Graduate Admissions: Kristi S. Richter

Tel. No.: 314.977.2752
Program Director: Stephen McMillin, MSW, Ph.D.


*Priority Deadline: Applicants who submit a completed application for admission by this deadline will be eligible to apply for Saint Louis University graduate assistantships. Please contact a representative from the degree program or the Office of Admission for more information.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Fall admittance is March 1; spring is October 1 (Applicants for scholarships must have received either full or provisional admission to be considered for a scholarship.)

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Applicant Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • 24 credit hours in the liberal arts as a pre-requisite for admission. The applicant's transcript must reflect a range of courses in the following areas: the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, history, English, literature, philosophy, theology, and fine arts.

Application Components

 The application consists of seven components:

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume
  3. Application Fee
  4. Professional Statement
  5. Confidential Reference Forms
  6. Academic Transcripts
  7. Interview

Additional Application Materials for International Students

  1. TOEFL Scores
  2. Financial Support Statement
  3. Student Visa

TOEFL or IELTS requirements: A minimum score for the school of social work is 580 on the paper-based TOEFL (PBT), 92 on the internet based TOEFL (IBT) or 6.5 on the IELTS. Test results must be included with the application..

International students must demonstrate full financial support during their time as a student in the MSW Program. A letter from a financial sponsor is required. International students may apply for a scholarship through the School of Social Work Financial Aid. Scholarships through the School of Social Work are considered partial awards and are for tuition only.

International students must meet other requirements for their student visa. For a detailed explanation of these requirements international students are required to work with the International Center of Saint Louis University. 

Rankings/Honors: SLU School of Social Work is a Top 50-Ranked program by U.S. News and World Report.

Credit Hours/Coursework: The Degree Requirements consists of 57 credit hours of classroom and practicum courses.

The MSW degree consists of 57 credit hours, as follows:

  • Professional Foundation Courses
  • Concentration Core Courses
  • Advanced Policy Coursework
  • Advanced Research Coursework
  • Electives
  • Value and Ethics
  • Practicum and Integrative Seminars

Career Possibilities: Most social workers specialize in an area of practice. Some areas of concentration may include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Child Welfare or Family services Social Workers
  • Child or adult protective services social workers
  • Mental health social workers
  • Health care social workers
  • School social workers
  • Criminal justice social workers
  • Occupational social workers
  • Gerontology social workers
  • Social work administrators
  • Social work planners and policy-makers

Career Services

Curriculum & Program Details | MSW Course Details

About the Social Work Faculty: As faculty, we endeavor to help our constituents -- students, the larger university community, alumni, and professional colleagues -- to develop as critical, reflective thinkers who are capable and willing to exercise leadership in advancing the cause of human good in the world.

We pursue this goal by providing learning-teaching environments, which nurture, strengthen, and sustain creative intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and technical abilities and interests.

We encourage and support innovative scholarship and research.

We strive for excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring.

We actively engage in community service, linking the School and its resources to local, national, and international communities to eliminate ignorance, poverty, injustice, hunger, and the forces that perpetuate these social ills. | Social Work Faculty

Scholarships & Financial Aid: The School of Social Work offers new and continuing MSW students partial tuition remission merit based scholarships. MSW students receive scholarships ranging from $500-$10,000. Applicants who do not initially meet the scholarship criteria or who have applied for scholarship and are not awarded a scholarship may re-apply during their first semester in the MSW Program. Applicants who do meet the merit criteria are encouraged to explore opportunities available through the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid. | Scholarship & Financial Aid  | Student Financial Services at SLU | Affording Graduate Education at SLU

Program Description & Highlights

Our school is built upon an unwavering commitment to social justice. A leader in integrating social work practice and education, the school boasts faculty members who have made substantial contributions to the profession. Our interactive teaching methods are aimed at integrating community-based practice with classroom activities and discussions. Small class sizes facilitate an atmosphere of intellectual dialogue that fosters relationships between students and faculty.

The School of Social Work provides students, faculty, and community agencies funding and opportunities to directly address issues of social justice.

School of Social Work Application Review Process

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. As soon as an application is complete, it is reviewed.
  • The Admissions Committee considers several factors to determine a candidate's eligibility: academic achievement, strength of the undergraduate program, application information, personal statement, work experience, any graduate degrees earned, motivation, leadership and service. The undergraduate G.P.A. is weighted with other criteria in the admissions process.
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