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Resources for Students in the School of Social Work

The School of Social Work supports students throughout their time at Saint Louis University and beyond. These resources can help SLU  social work students navigate difficult times during their studies and careers.

Social Work students gather on the steps of the courthouse in downtown St. Louis

Affording a Degree in the School of Social Work

Financial aid is available for students of all majors and programs within the Saint Louis University School of Social Work. In addition to financial aid available from Saint Louis University, there are opportunities available for students of social work, applied behavior analysis, criminal justice and criminology, and gerontology.

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Admitted Student Next Steps

Students admitted to the School of Social Work must complete several steps before beginning their first semester of courses at Saint Louis University.

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Frequently Needed Forms

The Saint Louis University School of Social Work offers forms, field manuals and handbooks for students at all levels of study.

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Student Organizations

Social Work Student Association

The Saint Louis University Social Work Association (SWA) arranges social engagements, speakers, panels and much more for undergraduate social work students and the larger SLU community.

Contact: Email Shannon Cooper-Sadlo, Ph.D.

Master of Social Work Student Association

The purpose of the Saint Louis University Master of Social Work Student Association (MSWSA) is to provide a forum for student concerns about the M.S.W. program, foster community among current SLU M.S.W. students, and advocate for student needs in the program and profession. We have bi-monthly town halls, the occasional social event, and annual community service drives. As the semester goes on, we will have more information on this page including upcoming events and pictures of students at M.S.W.-related activities. Check out the School of Social Work calendar for upcoming MSWSA meetings and events, as well as great things happening around the college. We are always looking for student involvement. Contact a current officer if you are interested in an open officer position:

Criminology and Criminal Justice Club

The goal of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Club is to form a bond uniting students and teachers of criminal justice, criminology, the law and social justice within a community.

Practicum Information for Students

Students in many programs in SLU’s School of Social Work must complete a practicum. This experience allows students to take their classroom knowledge into the field while remaining under the faculty supervision. Students gain a deeper understanding of how their coursework applies outside the classroom, while being able to hone their interests and specialties.

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Graduation is an important time in a student’s life. SLU's graduation and commencement resources will let you know how to apply for graduation, deadlines and forms.

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Career Services

Career Services is well-known for their assistance in finding a job, however, the office has services for students at all levels of their academic journey. Career Services can help students identify a career path, develop their resume and more.

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SLU’s School of Social Work will prepare you for your career but graduation is not the end of your education. Most social work careers will require licensure. Requirements vary by state, organization and services provided. Some licensure organizations even offer different levels of certification depending on an applicant’s experience and education level.

Learn About Licensure in Missouri

Learn About Licensure in Illinois

For information on licensure in other states and nationally, visit the National Association of Social Workers and the Association of Social Work Boards.

Self-Care Resources

Learning to support yourself as you support others is a vital part of your development.

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School of Social Work Gear

Do you want to show your SSW pride? Need grad gear?

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Students who perform volunteer work while studying at SLU’s School of Social Work provide valuable services to the community while also helping to develop their professional interests.

The St. Louis area is home to hundreds of organizations that offer volunteer opportunities, whether you want to work with youth or senior citizens, in health care or education, for justice or against racism. The resources below can assist you in finding opportunities that suit your interests and schedule: