Social Work, M.S.W. with Deaconess Certification, M.A. (Concordia Seminary) Dual Degree

Saint Louis University's Master of Social Work, Clinical Concentration, and Master of Arts with Deaconess Certification is a dual-degree program with Concordia Seminary.

Students prepare to provide social work in Lutheran missions and social-service agencies with this dual degree. Students gain knowledge and skills in blending Lutheran faith beliefs, spirituality and religious service with the professional practice of social work.

For additional information, see the catalog entries for the following SLU programs:

Social Work, M.S.W.


The baccalaureate social work program at Saint Louis University has been continuously accredited since 1972. The Master of Social Work program at Saint Louis University has been continuously accredited since 1952.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457
Phone: 703-683-8080 

Students must meet the admission requirements and be admitted into both degree programs according to the processes of each of the participating academic institutions in order to pursue a dual-degree program. Learn more about Concordia Seminary entrance requirements here

Individuals must apply to SLU's M.S.W. program concurrently with the M.A. with Deaconess Certification program.

In place of 9 credits of social work electives, dual-degree M.Deac./M.S.W. students take 9 credits of deaconess studies courses. 

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Apply for Admission

For admission questions, contact:

School of Social Work Graduate Admissions Office

For program questions contact:

Kristi Richter, M.S.W., LCSW, CDFT
Director of Master of Social Work Program
Assistant clinical professor of Social Work