2018 Best Schools for an Online Master's in Social Work

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There are 12 schools that make up our 2018 list of best online MSW programs. These notable colleges were decided by ratings and reviews by students and alumni. The list is comprised of popular schools like University of Louisville, Boston University, the University of Southern California, and Fordham University. Arizona State University takes the #1 spot this year with a 100% student recommendation rating and a score of 88.63. Students commented on the impressiveness of the program, stating, "Arizona State University has been very supportive towards my goal of becoming a Licensed Social Worker. You are assigned a success coach who works with you to achieve your goal... The classes are short (7.5 weeks), which pushes you to be a better graduate student."

For such a well-reviewed school Arizona State is very affordable with in-state tuition costing $6,098 - $11,304 and out-of-state tuition being $6,098 - $27,790. University of Louisville is similarly priced with in-state tuition currently set at $11,866 and out-of-state tuition being $24,476. The Edinboro University of Pennsylvania is $10,769 for in-state and $15,881 for out-of-state. About Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, one student commented, "The availability of staff is excellent and the work load is reasonable considering this is a graduate program. The school is responsive to questions from the bursars office to the professors in a timely matter and always kind and professional." Check out our list below and click on the university names to read more student evaluations.

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Rank College 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 Arizona State University 2018 Student Score 88.63
#2 #2 Widener University 2018 Student Score 87.50
#3 #3 Catholic University of America 2018 Student Score 87.22
#4 #4 University of Louisville 2018 Student Score 86.41
#5 #5 University of New England 2018 Student Score 84.15
#6 #6 Our Lady of the Lake University 2018 Student Score 83.71
#7 #7 Fordham University 2018 Student Score 82.63
#8 #8 Boston University 2018 Student Score 82.42
#9 #9 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 2018 Student Score 82.02
#10 #10 University of Southern California 2018 Student Score 81.99
#11 #11 The University of Texas at Arlington 2018 Student Score 81.92
#12 #12 Simmons College 2018 Student Score 66.67


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 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program 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 their institution of choice for more details.

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