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Best social work schools

Three years after completing their degree, bachelor’s in social work graduates earn a weighted average salary of $36,873, which is 20.5% below the national average earnings of all bachelor students from the same graduation year.    

Our BSW rankings cover 372 out of the 440 programs available, accounting for 92.8% of total conferrals. We are unable to include schools for which there is insufficient earning data available.  

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#1 in Social Work | #6 in Social Sciences

CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, New York

Economic score: 0.51

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $1,814

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under 6 months

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $45,405

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $10,285

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 48%
Graduation rate: 59%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#2 in Social Work | #35 in Social Sciences

California State University-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 1.01

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $2,768

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under a year

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $42,656

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $8,023

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 77%
Graduation rate: 65%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#3 in Social Work | #177 in Social Sciences

California State University-Long Beach

Long Beach, California

Economic score: 1.70

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $9,622

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.7 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $51,822

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $1,143

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 43%
Graduation rate: 79%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#4 in Social Work | #176 in Social Sciences

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Economic score: 1.91

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $5,899

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.7 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $38,154

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,917

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 80%
Graduation rate: 44%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#5 in Social Work | #75 in Social Sciences

University of Washington-Tacoma Campus

Tacoma, Washington

Economic score: 2.02

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $10,817

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $48,817

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $3,858

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 87%
Graduation rate: 76%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#6 in Social Work | #15 in Social Sciences

University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Economic score: 2.12

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $15,329

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $53,757

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $3,078

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 18%
Graduation rate: 93%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#7 in Social Work | #302 in Social Sciences

California State University-San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

Economic score: 2.26

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $7,342

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $44,165

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $6,514

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 79%
Graduation rate: 70%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#8 in Social Work | #77 in Social Sciences

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Seattle, Washington

Economic score: 2.38

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $13,297

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $48,817

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $3,858

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 56%
Graduation rate: 84%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#9 in Social Work | #262 in Social Sciences

University of Nevada-Reno

Reno, Nevada

Economic score: 2.57

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $15,081

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3.1 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $48,860

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,872

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 88%
Graduation rate: 61%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#10 in Social Work | #153 in Social Sciences

San Jose State University

San Jose, California

Economic score: 2.77

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $14,928

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.8 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $51,644

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $965

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 68%
Graduation rate: 75%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#11 in Social Work | #371 in Social Sciences

California State University-Fresno

Fresno, California

Economic score: 2.84

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $5,464

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.1 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $38,119

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $12,560

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 91%
Graduation rate: 68%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#12 in Social Work | #326 in Social Sciences

Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas

Economic score: 2.93

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $9,617

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.7 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $41,840

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,107

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 94%
Graduation rate: 56%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#13 in Social Work

Heritage University

Toppenish, Washington

Economic score: 3.22

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $10,056

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3.1 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $43,419

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,540

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: N/A
Graduation rate: 50%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#14 in Social Work | #48 in Social Sciences

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Economic score: 3.32

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $9,789

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.8 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $37,511

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $7,210

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 33%
Graduation rate: 81%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#15 in Social Work | #223 in Social Sciences

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina

Economic score: 3.32

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $12,748

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $40,289

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,782

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 88%
Graduation rate: 57%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#16 in Social Work | #389 in Social Sciences

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Economic score: 3.33

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $15,465

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3.3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $45,896

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $46

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 74%
Graduation rate: 68%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#17 in Social Work | #124 in Social Sciences

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

Economic score: 3.34

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $11,606

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $40,690

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $4,031

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 78%
Graduation rate: 62%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#18 in Social Work | #280 in Social Sciences

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, Michigan

Economic score: 3.47

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $11,802

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $40,274

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,772

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 82%
Graduation rate: 58%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#19 in Social Work | #92 in Social Sciences

California State University-Sacramento

Sacramento, California

Economic score: 3.49

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $9,979

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.9 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $42,768

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $7,911

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 84%
Graduation rate: 68%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#20 in Social Work | #436 in Social Sciences

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, North Carolina

Economic score: 3.52

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $10,228

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3.1 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $37,614

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $4,457

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 92%
Graduation rate: 46%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

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