Top Social Work Programs for Career Support

1 The University of Texas at Austin 9.57
2 Delaware State University 9.33
3 Simmons College 9.25
4 Alabama A&M University 9.21
5 Baylor University 9.20
6 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 9.17
7 CUNY Lehman College 9.14
8 Boston College 9.11
9 University of Kansas 9.00
9 New Mexico State University-Main Campus 9.00
11 University of Minnesota Twin Cities 8.95
12 The University of Texas at Arlington 8.92
13 Florida International University 8.90
14 University of Arkansas at Little Rock 8.80
15 Barry University 8.79
16 Western Michigan University 8.67
16 The University of Alabama 8.67
18 Fordham University 8.64
19 University of Denver 8.61
20 University of Southern California (USC) 8.57
21 University of Maryland Baltimore 8.56
22 Washington University in St. Louis 8.50
22 Florida Atlantic University 8.50
24 Rutgers University-Newark 8.48
25 Winthrop University 8.46

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2016 student earning her graduate degree from University of Texas at Austin wrote: The School of Social Work at UT Austin is one of the top nationally ranked SW programs for a reason. The support system around students makes it really hard not to succeed. It’s one of the few programs that has a dedicated career center. Also, program faculty have very diverse experience and networks which allows many opportunity for exploring non-traditional SW careers…Also, Austin is a great city with something for just about everybody. Rent can be a little expensive which is the only downside.”

Students can continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

METHODOLOGY reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to March 31, 2015. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.