Top Social Work Program for Grad Program Value

1 The University of Alabama 9.750
2 Boston University 9.700
3 Clark Atlanta University 9.690
4 University of Maine 9.667
5 Portland State University 9.625
6 Alabama A&M University 9.563
7 Florida International University 9.500
8 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 9.375
9 Temple University 9.375
10 Hunter College – CUNY 9.346
11 San Jose State University 9.333
12 New Mexico State University-Main Campus 9.300
13 University of Arkansas at Little Rock 9.250
14 University of Maryland, Baltimore 9.222
15 Boston College 9.214
16 Delaware State University 9.167
17 University of Southern California (USC) 9.129
18 University of Minnesota Twin Cities 9.125
19 Fordham University 9.100
20 Virginia Commonwealth University 9.083
21 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 9.000
22 Rutgers University-Newark 8.950
23 The University of Chicago 8.900
24 University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus 8.643
25 Arizona State University 8.600

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2015 student earning her graduate degree from Lamar University online wrote: “My career as an international teacher takes me around the world, so being able to get my graduate degree while traveling is a complete blessing.”

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 September 30, 2013. 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.