Students seeking degrees in social work need to look no further for advice about where to go to grad school this fall. Graduate Programs, the online guide to graduate schools for prospective graduate students, today released its rankings of the Top 25 Social Work Grad Programs according to student ratings and reviews posted on Graduateprograms.com. The rankings are based solely on surveys submitted by 1,500 students from more than 130 accredited social work programs across the United States.
The Best Social Work Programs in the United States, according to graduateprograms.com ratings and reviews are:
1.) New York University (Silver School of Social Work) (8.9 stars)
2.) Case Western Reserve University (Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences) (8.8 stars)
3.) University of Louisville (Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work) (8.67 stars)
4.) University of Wisconsin-Madison (The School of Social Work) (8.66 stars)
5.) University of California-Berkeley (School of Social Welfare) (8.633 stars)
6.) University of Southern California (School of Social Work) (8.63 stars)
7.) Boston University (School of Social Work) (8.52 stars)
8.) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (School of Social Work) (8.216 stars)
9.) University of Maryland (School of Social Work) (8.196 stars)
10.) Michigan State University (The School of Social Work) (8.133 stars)
11.) Loyola University Chicago (School of Social Work) (8.091stars)
12.) Boston College (The Graduate School of Social Work) (8.067 stars)
13.) University of Pennsylvania (School of Social Policy and Practice) (7.97) stars)
14.) Fordham University (The Graduate School of Social Service) (7.955 stars)
15.) Virginia Commonwealth University (School of Social Work) (7.932 stars)
16.) University of Washington Tacoma (Social Work Program) (7.833 stars)
17.) University of Albany (SUNY) (School of Social Welfare) (7.8 stars)
18.) Columbia University (School of Social Work) (7.607 stars)
19.) University of California-Los Angeles (Luskin School of Public Affairs) (7.467 stars)
20.) University of Kansas (School of Social Welfare) (7.35 stars)
21.) The University of Chicago (School of Social Service Administration) (7.217 stars)
22.) University of Denver (School of Social Work) (7.2 stars)
23.) Washington University in Saint Louis (George Warren Brown School of Social Work) (7.163 stars)
24.) University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (School of Social Work) (7.167 stars)
25.) University of Washington Seattle (School of Social Work) (7.102 stars)
Students often left comments with their reviews about social work programs. One Case Western Reserve Class of 2015 students wrote: “Pros: The Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) is one of the top programs in the country. Over 200 agencies provide field placement opportunities for its students. The field placement opportunities are paid, the only school of its kind offering this. The program is successful because of the commitment of the faculty. MSASS was ranked #7 in 2007 in Faculty Scholarly Productivity. It is also #1 in Endowed Professorships. Cons: The ethnic diversity of MSASS needs balance. Also, MSASS only offers two degree programs. Cost is always a con. At $37,120, MSASS is one of the more costly programs in the country.”
A Class of 2014 University of Southern California student wrote: “The program is very demanding but that comes with being a top 10 accredited school. I would recommend the school to anyone who does not have many student loans from undergrad because the program is very expensive. Though, again, it is a very good, private school. Overall, I do not regret my decision and I believe I am getting a great education to prepare me to be the best Social Worker I can be.”
Based on the many ratings and reviews left on the site, Graduateprograms.com identified those aspects of their social work programs students’ value most: present and helpful professors; a student body that reflects the diversity of the clients in the field; and finally, accessible public transportation. Next week, Graduateprograms.com will be releasing the Best Social Work Programs for faculty accessibility and support, diversity, and transportation.
Students may continue to review their programs at www.graduateprograms.com and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.
Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. All social work school rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to February 25, 2013. Graduateprograms.com 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.