2017 Top Master's in Social Work Programs

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Based on feedback from real students, this list highlights the top 39 schools that offer social work master's degrees. Tuition rates for ranked schools run from an affordable $6,454 - $22,652 a year at Arizona State University, to a more pricey $48,729 at University of Chicago. Aurora University, Clark Atlanta University and Loyola University Chicago offer annual out-of-state tuition in the more moderate $10,000 - $20,000 range, while University of LouisvilleUniversity of Washington - Seattle and University of Utah have annual out-of-state tuition costs in the mid $20,000 - $30,000 range.

Top-rated CUNY Lehman College received a Student Score of 88.90 and 100% of the graduates who reviewed the MSW program recommended it. One student attests that, because of the small size of the college, "Everybody knows everyone by name." Another student went even further, stating that the college has a "family atmosphere." Still another described the program as a place where "the faculty staff know you by name and are genuinely interested in the well-being of their students." Click on the names of the featured schools listed below to read additional reviews and learn more about these top-rated social work programs. If you're considering an online MSW, be sure to refer to our rankings of schools offering social work degrees online.

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Best Master's in Social Work Degrees
Rank College Annual Tuition 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 CUNY Lehman College Annual Tuition $17,418 2017 Student Score 88.90
#2 #2 Florida Atlantic University Annual Tuition $18,446 2017 Student Score 87.22
#3 #3 California State University-Los Angeles Annual Tuition $18,770 2017 Student Score 84.74
#4 #4 CUNY Hunter College Annual Tuition $17,296 2017 Student Score 84.01
#5 #5 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Annual Tuition $23,991 2017 Student Score 83.75
#6 #6 University of Kansas Annual Tuition $20,316 2017 Student Score 83.22
#7 #7 Adelphi University Annual Tuition $33,680 2017 Student Score 82.41
#7 #7 University of Georgia Annual Tuition $25,234 2017 Student Score 82.41
#9 #9 Boston College Annual Tuition $24,282 2017 Student Score 82.26
#10 #10 Barry University Annual Tuition $17,280 2017 Student Score 81.92
#11 #11 Aurora University Annual Tuition $11,620 2017 Student Score 81.28
#12 #12 University of Southern California Annual Tuition $37,504 2017 Student Score 80.72
#13 #13 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $6,454 - $22,652 2017 Student Score 80.60
#14 #14 Portland State University Annual Tuition $20,451 2017 Student Score 80.51
#15 #15 University of Maryland-Baltimore Annual Tuition $27,326 2017 Student Score 80.50
#16 #16 University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $28,616 2017 Student Score 80.38
#17 #17 California State University - Fullerton Annual Tuition $18,612 2017 Student Score 80.24
#18 #18 Fordham University Annual Tuition $28,495 2017 Student Score 80.22
#18 #18 Simmons College Annual Tuition $19,600 2017 Student Score 80.22
#20 #20 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Annual Tuition $33,426 2017 Student Score 79.85
#21 #21 University of Utah Annual Tuition $20,953 2017 Student Score 79.24
#22 #22 Rutgers University Annual Tuition $27,667 2017 Student Score 79.12
#23 #23 New York University Annual Tuition $38,228 2017 Student Score 78.74
#24 #24 Temple University Annual Tuition $19,464 2017 Student Score 77.75
#25 #25 Columbia University in the City of New York Annual Tuition $41,594 2017 Student Score 77.65
#26 #26 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Annual Tuition $39,798 2017 Student Score 77.11
#27 #27 Boston University Annual Tuition $44,580 2017 Student Score 76.44
#28 #28 University of Chicago Annual Tuition $48,729 2017 Student Score 76.43
#29 #29 Washington University in St. Louis Annual Tuition $44,400 2017 Student Score 76.17
#30 #30 The University of Texas at Austin Annual Tuition $20,710 2017 Student Score 75.74
#31 #31 University of St. Thomas Annual Tuition $30,190 2017 Student Score 75.53
#32 #32 University of Washington - Seattle Annual Tuition $27,552 2017 Student Score 74.89
#33 #33 University of Denver Annual Tuition $40,038 2017 Student Score 74.38
#34 #34 University of Louisville Annual Tuition $22,642 2017 Student Score 73.36
#35 #35 Clark Atlanta University Annual Tuition $15,322 2017 Student Score 73.35
#36 #36 Loyola University Chicago Annual Tuition $17,478 2017 Student Score 71.94
#37 #37 Virginia Commonwealth University Annual Tuition $23,081 2017 Student Score 69.60
#38 #38 University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $31,744 2017 Student Score 69.23
#39 #39 University of South Carolina-Columbia Annual Tuition $25,360 2017 Student Score 65.86

Methodology

Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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Our tuition numbers reflect data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics.

This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.