A master's degree in social work (MSW) prepares social workers to become advanced generalists or specialists in areas like clinical mental health or child welfare. Students in Minnesota interested in earning an MSW can explore some school options and get details about in-state programs below.
Schools in Minnesota with MSW Programs
|School||Location||Tuition (In-State, Graduate)*||Degree Available**|
|Augsburg College||Minneapolis, MN||$12,778||Master's in Social Work|
|University of Minnesota- Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||$16,240||Master's in Social Work|
|St. Catherine University||Saint Paul, MN||$14,076||Master's in Social Work|
|Saint Cloud State University||Saint Cloud, MN||$7,373||Master's in Social Work|
|Minnesota State University-Mankato||Mankato, MN||$6,849||Master's in Social Work|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School Websites
Minnesota Schools with a Master of Social Work
Augsburg College's MSW program follows a cohort model and offers classes on the weekends, as most students hold full-time positions. Students are accepted in foundation standing if they have a bachelor's degree in a field outside of social work and must complete 920 hours of field practicum, while students with a bachelor's degree in social work are accepted in advanced standing and only complete 500 hours of practicum. The program has two areas of concentration to choose from: multicultural clinical practice and multicultural macro practice. Students in the multicultural clinical practice concentration must complete a portfolio project and thesis prior to graduate, while multicultural macro practice students complete a summative evaluation project and thesis.
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers their MSW courses throughout the week, on weekends and in the evenings to accommodate students' schedules. The program can also be taken part- or full-time and requires 600 hours of field work for advanced standing students and 1,020 hours of field work for students who have not completed a bachelor's degree in the field. Students can choose from a concentration in clinical mental health, community practice, families and children or health, disability and aging.
St. Catherine University
Offered in partnership with the University of St. Thomas, this MSW program requires regular standing students to complete 60 credits and 1000 hours of field practicum and advanced standing students to complete 42 credits and 600 field hours. Students can pursue various areas of interest, such as child protection, addiction, corrections, school social work and more, through electives, their field practicum and their clinical research project. This program can be one to four years in length, depending on a students' admissions standing and whether they choose a weekday/evening cohort or weekend cohort format.
Saint Cloud State University
Saint Cloud State University's competitive MSW program also accepts students into a foundation program if they have a bachelor's in another field or their bachelor's in social work is more than seven years old. The program accepts student into advanced standing if they have earned a bachelor's in social work within the past seven years. Applicants must submit a supplemental essay that describes their career goals and addresses a particular social justice issue. The program is offered full- and part-time and classes are held in the evenings and on weekends. Students enjoy a small-program atmosphere and an award-winning faculty.
Minnesota State University-Mankato
Minnesota State University-Mankato offers a full-time MSW program with traditional and advanced standing tracks for students. Traditional-standing students take 28 class credit hours and 10 credit hours of field education prior to moving to the concentration year, which requires an additional 24 class credit hours and 10 field education credit hours. Advanced standing students can skip directly to the concentration year. Students in both programs complete a capstone experience in place of a thesis during their concentration year, typically as part of their field placement. Some of the MSW courses are offered in a hybrid format.
Minnesota offers several different schools with MSW programs that vary in their program requirements. In general, students that pursue an MSW in Minnesota and hold a bachelor's degree in social work will be able to complete the MSW program faster and with much less field work.