Social Work, M.S.W. & Pastoral Studies, M.A. (Aquinas Institute of Theology) Dual Degree
The School of Social Work at Saint Louis University and Aquinas Institute of Theology offer a dual degree program comprised of a Master of Social Work and Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, which allows students to complete both degrees in 80 credits instead of the 105 credits required to complete both degrees independently.
Through a dual track of coursework and fieldwork, the program is designed to prepare students for professional social work and pastoral ministry. The program provides the framework, skills, and resources necessary for spiritually oriented social work practice and deepens a professional's commitment to social justice.
Social ministry settings for practica and for employment include both ecumenical and denominational organizations.
- Interfaith coalitions
- Church councils
- Peace and justice organizations
- Diocesan, metropolitan, regional, synodal, or national organizations
Applicants must fulfill all admission requirements for both schools, and acceptance into both programs is required for admission into the dual degree program.
For additional information see the catalog entries for the following programs:
The baccalaureate social work program at Saint Louis University has been continuously accredited since 1974.
The master of social work program at Saint Louis University has been continuously accredited since 1930.
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457
Students must meet the admission requirements and be admitted into both degree programs according to the processes of each of the participating academic units in order to pursue a dual degree program.
Individuals must apply to the M.S.W. degree program concurrently with the M.A.P.S. degree program at Aquinas Institute.
In place of 12 credits of social work electives, dual degree M.A.P.S./M.S.W. students take 12 credits of M.A.P.S. courses.
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.
Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.
|STH-D503||Introduction to Theology and Theological Method †||3|
|SWRK 5702||Social Policy||3|
|SWRK 5750||Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, & Groups||3|
|SWRK 5725||Human Behavior & the Social Environment||3|
|BIB-D502||Biblical Interpretation / Church History II †||3|
|MOR-D500||Foundations of Catholic Morality †||3|
|SWRK 5751||Social Work Practice with Communities & Organizations||3|
|SWRK 5841||Master of Social Work Foundation Practicum||2|
|SWRK 5819||Foundation Integrative Practice Seminar||1|
|BIB-D502||Biblical Interpretation / Church History I †||3|
|FRM-D501||Human and Spiritual Formation I †||0|
|PST-D500||Foundation of Pastoral and Ethical Care †||3|
|SWRK 5787||Research for Evidence-Informed Research Practice||3|
or SWRK 5842
|Community & Organization Practicum I
or Clinical Practicum I
|SWRK 5820||Integrative Practice Seminar||1|
|SWRK-57XX||Concentration Core ‡||3|
|Supervised Practice of Ministry Orientation †§|
|FRM-D501||Human and Spiritual Formation II †||0|
|PST-D500||Pastoral Elective (Foundation of Pastoral Counseling) †||3|
|SWRK 5700||Values & Ethics in Social Work||3|
or SWRK 5843
|Community & Organization Practicum II
or Clinical Practicum II
|FRM-D501||Human and Spiritual Formation III †||0|
|MIN-D510||Supervised Practice of Ministry (SPM) I †||3|
|SWRK 5707||Policy Practice for Social Justice||3|
|BIB-DXXX||Scripture Elective †||3|
|CDS-D5550||Integrative Seminar †||0|
|PST-DXXX||Pastoral Elective †||2|
|SWRK 5784||Evaluation of Social Work Practice||3|
Aquinas Institute of Theology Course
If choosing the clinical concentration in M.S.W. program, SWRK 5733 must be taken with SWRK 5842.
Must be completed prior to start of supervised practice of ministry. Specific dates provided by the director of field education.