2018 Best Schools for a Master's in Social Work

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This list ranks the top twenty-five master's in social work degrees as decided by student evaluations. Included on this list are popular schools such as Florida Atlantic University, Arizona State University, Boston College, and the University of Connecticut. University of Washington - Tacoma tops the list with a 100% student recommendation rate and is a reasonably priced public university with in-state tuition being $16,344. Annual tuition for Yeshiva University is $19,988, while Aurora University is an affordable $10,800.

California State University-Los Angeles comes in at #5 with a 100% student recommendation rating. Students commented on how well the program prepared them for the professional world, with one student stating, "The Social Work graduate program at Cal State LA provided me with comprehensive preparation for my career. I received the perfect combination of in-class instruction along with field experience." Another student commented on the financial benefits of attending CSU, saying,“CSULA School of Social Work is an outstanding program that will not financially hinder you upon graduating. Take advantage of State University Grants through early financial aid application along with available stipend program!” Click on the universities below to discover more student reviews.

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Rank College Campus Location 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Location Tacoma (WA) 2018 Student Score 93.81
#2 #2 The University of Texas at Arlington Campus Location Arlington (TX) 2018 Student Score 91.14
#3 #3 Florida Atlantic University Campus Location Boca Raton (FL) 2018 Student Score 90.26
#4 #4 CUNY Lehman College Campus Location Bronx (NY) 2018 Student Score 88.29
#5 #5 California State University-Los Angeles Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2018 Student Score 87.71
#6 #6 Newman University Campus Location Wichita (KS) 2018 Student Score 87.37
#7 #7 Aurora University Campus Location Aurora (IL) 2018 Student Score 85.73
#8 #8 Norfolk State University Campus Location Norfolk (VA) 2018 Student Score 85.48
#9 #9 Alabama A & M University Campus Location Normal (AL) 2018 Student Score 85.42
#10 #10 Florida State University Campus Location Tallahassee (FL) 2018 Student Score 85.00
#11 #11 Arizona State University Campus Location Tempe (and 4 others) 2018 Student Score 84.89
#12 #12 University of Missouri at Saint Louis Campus Location Saint Louis (MO) 2018 Student Score 84.47
#13 #13 University of Chicago Campus Location Chicago (IL) 2018 Student Score 84.36
#14 #14 University of Alabama Campus Location Tuscaloosa (AL) 2018 Student Score 84.13
#15 #15 Boston College Campus Location Chestnut Hill (MA) 2018 Student Score 84.02
#16 #16 Baylor University Campus Location Waco (TX) 2018 Student Score 83.93
#17 #17 University of Connecticut Campus Location Storrs (CT) 2018 Student Score 83.67
#18 (tie) #18 (tie) Saint Louis University-Main Campus Campus Location Saint Louis (MO) 2018 Student Score 83.54
#18 (tie) #18 (tie) Yeshiva University Campus Location New York (NY) 2018 Student Score 83.54
#20 #20 IUPUI Campus Location Indianapolis (IN) 2018 Student Score 83.17
#21 #21 CUNY Hunter College Campus Location New York (NY) 2018 Student Score 83.11
#22 #22 California State University-Long Beach Campus Location Long Beach (CA) 2018 Student Score 82.88
#23 #23 Michigan State University Campus Location East Lansing (MI) 2018 Student Score 82.69
#24 #24 Stony Brook University Campus Location Stony Brook (NY) 2018 Student Score 82.60
#25 #25 University of St. Thomas Campus Location Saint Paul (MN) 2018 Student Score 81.94


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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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.