Best master’s of social work programs

Three years after completing their degree, master's in social work graduates earn a weighted average salary of $48,475.  Our MSW rankings cover 247 out of the 286 programs available, accounting for 94.4% of total conferrals. We are unable to include schools for which there are insufficient earnings and/or debt data.  

For more information on how we determine the best MSW programs, please visit our methodology page.  

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#1 in Social Work

Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah

Economic score: 0.18

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

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Earnings: $54,149

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $16,557

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)

Debt: $13,860

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.26

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in Social Work

California State University-Fresno

Fresno, California

Economic score: 0.18

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

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Earnings: $66,792

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $24,676

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)

Debt: $18,917

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.28

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in Social Work

California State University-Monterey Bay

Seaside, California

Economic score: 0.20

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

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Earnings: $65,124

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $23,008

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)

Debt: $20,032

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.31

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in Social Work

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, Texas

Economic score: 0.21

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

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Earnings: $55,208

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $18,105

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)

Debt: $17,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.31

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in Social Work

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

Economic score: 0.23

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

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Earnings: $67,466

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $25,350

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)

Debt: $25,210

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.37

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#6 in Social Work

California State University-Chico

Chico, California

Economic score: 0.24

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

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Earnings: $61,167

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $19,051

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)

Debt: $21,394

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.35

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#7 in Social Work

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

Economic score: 0.24

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

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Earnings: $53,721

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $20,108

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)

Debt: $21,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.39

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#8 in Social Work

San Jose State University

San Jose, California

Economic score: 0.25

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

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Earnings: $79,448

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $37,332

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)

Debt: $36,726

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.46

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#9 in Social Work | #114 in Social Sciences

California State University-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 0.26

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

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Earnings: $67,133

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $25,017

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)

Debt: $27,528

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.41

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#10 in Social Work

University of Alaska Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

Economic score: 0.27

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

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Earnings: $53,117

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $19,068

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)

Debt: $22,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.42

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#11 in Social Work

College of Staten Island CUNY

Staten Island, New York

Economic score: 0.29

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

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Earnings: $57,179

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $19,050

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)

Debt: $24,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.43

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#12 in Social Work

The University of Texas at El Paso

El Paso, Texas

Economic score: 0.29

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

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Earnings: $50,724

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,621

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)

Debt: $19,902

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.39

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#13 in Social Work | #5 in Social Sciences

California State University-Long Beach

Long Beach, California

Economic score: 0.29

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

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Earnings: $65,111

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $22,995

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)

Debt: $28,902

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.44

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#14 in Social Work

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Economic score: 0.29

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

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Earnings: $51,437

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,401

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)

Debt: $19,712

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.38

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#15 in Social Work

Arkansas State University

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Economic score: 0.30

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

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Earnings: $49,887

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,912

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)

Debt: $21,184

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.42

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#16 in Social Work | #45 in Social Sciences

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

Economic score: 0.31

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

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Earnings: $56,472

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,356

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)

Debt: $23,287

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.41

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#17 in Social Work

Stockton University

Galloway, New Jersey

Economic score: 0.31

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

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Earnings: $51,902

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,399

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)

Debt: $20,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.39

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#18 in Social Work | #70 in Social Sciences

Texas A & M University-Commerce

Commerce, Texas

Economic score: 0.31

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

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Earnings: $49,929

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,826

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)

Debt: $20,726

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.42

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#19 in Social Work

California State University-Sacramento

Sacramento, California

Economic score: 0.31

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

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Earnings: $62,852

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $20,736

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)

Debt: $29,200

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.46

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#20 in Social Work | #55 in Social Sciences

California State University-Dominguez Hills

Carson, California

Economic score: 0.31

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

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Earnings: $63,563

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $21,447

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)

Debt: $30,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.47

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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