2016 Top Social Work Graduate Programs

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Our user rankings determined which schools should appear on our list of the top 50 schools that offer graduate programs in social work. Private, not-for-profit schools like Case Western Reserve University  tended to have higher tuition prices, but were rated as having excellent instruction quality, with Case Western's instruction being rated 4.5 out of 5 stars. The top-rated University of Alabama received an average of 4.68 stars for quality of instruction and satisfaction with degree scores above 4.7. Many of the schools on our list are affordable while still providing a quality education, with 23 of the schools charging less than $20,000 a year in tuition.

Students from Portland State University appreciated the flexibility of a quality online education, with one student writing "I did not have to move to Portland, and was able to keep my current employment." The same student goes on to express her satisfaction with the program, saying, "Overall, I am pleased with the academic content and expertise of the professors." To see more reviews and analysis of our top schools for a graduate degree in social work, click on a school name below.

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Rank College Annual Tuition 2016 Student Rating
#1 #1 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $23,950 2016 Student Rating 4.45
#2 #2 CUNY Lehman College Annual Tuition $17,418 2016 Student Rating 4.44
#3 #3 The University of Texas at Arlington Annual Tuition $14,372 2016 Student Rating 4.43
#4 #4 Florida State University Annual Tuition $26,697 2016 Student Rating 4.37
#5 #5 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Annual Tuition $24,398 2016 Student Rating 4.35
#6 #6 Florida Atlantic University Annual Tuition $18,446 2016 Student Rating 4.31
#7 #7 California State University-San Marcos Annual Tuition $19,075 2016 Student Rating 4.25
#8 #8 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Annual Tuition $23,991 2016 Student Rating 4.23
#9 #9 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Annual Tuition $27,459 2016 Student Rating 4.23
#10 #10 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Annual Tuition $14,151 2016 Student Rating 4.22
#11 #11 Case Western Reserve University Annual Tuition $38,616 2016 Student Rating 4.20
#12 #12 Boston College Annual Tuition $24,282 2016 Student Rating 4.19
#13 #13 California State University-Northridge Annual Tuition $18,951 2016 Student Rating 4.18
#14 #14 CUNY Hunter College Annual Tuition $17,296 2016 Student Rating 4.16
#15 #15 Stony Brook University Annual Tuition $19,666 2016 Student Rating 4.16
#16 #16 University of Kansas Annual Tuition $20,316 2016 Student Rating 4.16
#17 #17 Portland State University Annual Tuition $20,451 2016 Student Rating 4.14
#18 #18 California State University-Los Angeles Annual Tuition $18,770 2016 Student Rating 4.14
#19 #19 Baylor University Annual Tuition $26,982 2016 Student Rating 4.11
#20 #20 Barry University Annual Tuition $17,280 2016 Student Rating 4.10
#21 #21 University of Maryland-Baltimore Annual Tuition $27,326 2016 Student Rating 4.09
#22 #22 Saint Louis University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $18,626 2016 Student Rating 4.08
#23 #23 Winthrop University Annual Tuition $19,790 2016 Student Rating 4.08
#24 #24 University of Georgia Annual Tuition $25,234 2016 Student Rating 4.08
#25 #25 Aurora University Annual Tuition $11,620 2016 Student Rating 4.06
#26 #26 Adelphi University Annual Tuition $33,680 2016 Student Rating 4.05
#27 #27 University of Southern California Annual Tuition $37,504 2016 Student Rating 4.04
#28 #28 Simmons College Annual Tuition $19,600 2016 Student Rating 4.03
#29 #29 Rutgers University Annual Tuition $27,667 2016 Student Rating 4.03
#30 #30 University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $28,616 2016 Student Rating 4.02
#31 #31 Fordham University Annual Tuition $28,495 2016 Student Rating 4.01
#32 #32 California State University - Fullerton Annual Tuition $18,612 2016 Student Rating 4.01
#33 #33 Grand Valley State University Annual Tuition $18,188 2016 Student Rating 3.97
#34 #34 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $6,454 - $22,652 2016 Student Rating 3.96
#35 #35 Temple University Annual Tuition $19,464 2016 Student Rating 3.96
#36 #36 Azusa Pacific University Annual Tuition $10,563 2016 Student Rating 3.96
#37 #37 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Annual Tuition $33,426 2016 Student Rating 3.96
#38 #38 Rutgers University-Newark Annual Tuition $27,646 2016 Student Rating 3.93
#39 #39 California State University-East Bay Annual Tuition $18,976 2016 Student Rating 3.93
#40 #40 New York University Annual Tuition $38,228 2016 Student Rating 3.92
#41 #41 Washington University in St Louis Annual Tuition $44,400 2016 Student Rating 3.92
#42 #42 Smith College Annual Tuition $42,840 2016 Student Rating 3.91
#43 #43 San Jose State University Annual Tuition $19,769 2016 Student Rating 3.90
#44 #44 Springfield College Annual Tuition $27,405 2016 Student Rating 3.90
#45 #45 University of Houston Annual Tuition $15,984 2016 Student Rating 3.90
#46 #46 Yeshiva University Annual Tuition $26,461 2016 Student Rating 3.90
#47 #47 University of Texas at Austin Annual Tuition $20,710 2016 Student Rating 3.89
#48 #48 California State University-Long Beach Annual Tuition $18,666 2016 Student Rating 3.89
#49 #49 Columbia University in the City of New York Annual Tuition $41,594 2016 Student Rating 3.89
#50 #50 Alabama A & M University Annual Tuition $14,344 2016 Student Rating 3.86

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 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution.

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 2015-2016 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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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.