What will I learn?

Saint Louis University's Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree prepares social work professionals for work with vulnerable populations facing health, social, and economic challenges.

Social workers are educationally prepared to provide services including therapy, policy advocacy, case management, group work, crisis intervention, children and family practice, and leadership for nonprofit organizations. M.S.W. level social workers work are employed in a wide variety of human service organizations including family and community centers, mental health and treatment centers, hospitals, schools, nonprofit agencies, residential children’s or adult centers, justice centers, and many more organizations.

SLU's M.S.W. program offers multiple course delivery formats to assist students who are working full- or part-time and for students who want to progress faster by taking additional credits per semester. Formats include the traditional 15-week format (two-and-a-half-hour classes, fall and spring semesters) and a ten-week format (three-and-a-half-hour classes, summer semester). Electives may also be offered in the following formats: two intersession periods of week-long classes, online blended classes or five consecutive Saturday sessions (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Curriculum Overview

SLU's M.S.W. curriculum includes generalist foundation courses, advanced practice courses in an area of concentration, and field practicum. The generalist foundation courses provide the basic social work theory and methods for working with individuals, families, and groups, organizations, and communities.

Students then select an advanced practice area of concentration and proceed with courses in these areas. Saint Louis University's School of Social Work offers three concentrations:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Clinical
  • Community and Organization

SLU's M.S.W. degree is 57 credits, with full-time and part-time options available. Students with a Bachelor of Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program many earn up to 18 credits of advanced standing toward the M.S.W.


SLU's M.S.W. program is ranked in the top 20 percent of social work programs nationally. Possible careers include work in the fields of health care, mental health, school, child welfare, family services, criminal justice, gerontology, policy, advocacy, administrative and community development.

Which department am I in?

College for Public Health and Social Justice

Study options

Full Time (57 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,040 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 January 2022, 24 August 2022


College for Public Health and Social Justice



63108, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful applicants should possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

For international students

Successful applicants should possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

To ensure a successful academic experience at Saint Louis University, we require international applicants to demonstrate they are proficient in the English language by submitting scores from any one of the following standardized tests:

IELTS minimum score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 80; Paper-based TOEFL (PBT) minimum score of 550; PTE minimum score of 54; Duolingo minimum score of 125.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Saint Louis University

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University’s traditions are based in academics, ethics, spirituality and compassion.

  • Ranked 5th among best schools for making an impact
  • Ranked 26th in undergraduate teaching
  • Ranked 8th among top Catholic colleges in the United States
  • 97% of alumni are satisfied with their post-graduation paths