2017 Top Online MSW Programs

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Masters social work

This list highlights 10 schools offering online master's degrees in social work. After aggregating feedback from alumni all over the country, these schools earned ratings that put them ahead of the rest. All are non-profit institutions and have online social work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Our Lady of the Lake College offers one of the most affordable online MSW programs featured and earned a Student Score of 80.91 as well as praise from this graduate who said "even as an online student I am able to take advantages of all opportunities that are offered to traditional students." Widener University, ranked first, earned praise from a current online MSW student who said "Widener was the best choice I could've made for a quality online graduate education." Learn more about what students had to say about these online MSW programs by clicking on the school names listed below.

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All schools on this list have at least one online degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Rank College 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 Widener University 2017 Student Score 88.13
#2 #2 University of Louisville 2017 Student Score 85.26
#3 #3 Fordham University 2017 Student Score 85.26
#4 #4 Arizona State University 2017 Student Score 85.17
#5 #5 University of New England 2017 Student Score 84.37
#6 #6 University of Southern California 2017 Student Score 82.23
#7 #7 Boston University 2017 Student Score 81.96
#8 #8 Our Lady of the Lake University 2017 Student Score 80.91
#9 #9 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis 2017 Student Score 77.65
#10 #10 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 2017 Student Score 76.13


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 2017 Top Online Programs List, at least five students from that particular major 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 your 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.