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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Avila University and Saint Louis University (SLU) have partnered to offer you an innovative Master of Social Work (MSW) program. This innovative, online/on-campus hybrid model program prepares students to be advanced practitioners of social work. This MSW will prepare you to act as agents of change to promote individual and societal well-being.

Approximately 60% of your classes will be taught through an online format by Saint Louis University. The remainder of the courses are taught on-campus at Avila University in a face-to-face classroom, including your practicum planning and seminar courses.

Students who complete the program will earn a degree from Saint Louis University which is a nationally and globally recognized leader in social work education, ranked in the top 20% of programs by U.S. News and World Report.

Why Choose the Saint Louis University MSW at Avila?

  • SLU is founded on the Jesuit tradition of “educating the whole person” – learning as much as possible about social work and service while committing to serve humankind with compassion.
  • SLU offers the opportunity for students to get an MSW from a highly ranked and internationally known program without having to be physically present on SLU’s campus.
  • Our faculty are leaders in combining classroom activities and community-based practice.

MSW Program Options

  • Advanced Standing – Students who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE accredited program can complete the program in 39 credit hours.

  • Non-Advanced StandingStudents who have earned an undergraduate degree in any major can complete the program in 57 credit hours.

Clinical Curriculum Plans

Community & Org. Curriculum Plans


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and 24 credit hours completed in the liberal arts. 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.

  • Request official college transcripts and have them sent to the Saint Louis University Graduate Admissions office.

  • Complete and submit the Graduate Application for Admission.

  • Submit a current resume and professional statement. Additional factors considered in determining an applicant’s eligibility include academic achievement, strength of the undergraduate program attended, work experience, previous graduate degrees, motivation, leadership and service.

  • Provide three confidential letters of recommendation (two academic references and one professional reference).

  • Applicants are also required to complete an interview either on campus, phone or through an online system supported by the university.

The final deadline for fall is July 15.

For more information, please contact:

Francis Origanti, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Social Work, Avila University

Kristi Richter
Director of Graduate Admission, Saint Louis University

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