# 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.

#### Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah

The e**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $2,816

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

The **debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### California State University, Fresno

Fresno, California

The e**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $6,575

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

The **debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, Texas

The e**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $5,324

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

The **debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### California State University, Monterey Bay

Seaside, California

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $4,997

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $7,333

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $7,355

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### California State University, Chico

Chico, California

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $920

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### San Jose State University

San Jose, California

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $19,358

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### California State University, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $6,837

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

Oshkosh, Wisconsin

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $994

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### The University of Texas at El Paso

El Paso, Texas

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $951

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### Stockton University

Galloway, New Jersey

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: - $211

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, Minnesota

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $2,691

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### College of Staten Island CUNY

Staten Island, New York

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $2,521

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### California State University, Long Beach

Long Beach, California

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $4,950

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### Texas A & M University, Commerce

Commerce, Texas

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $29

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### University of Alaska Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $181

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### Arkansas State University

Jonesboro, Arkansas

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $124

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### University of Nevada, Reno

Reno, Nevada

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $2,394

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#### Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

**conomic Score** is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earnings*plus. *We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $4,253

**Earnings Plus** compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

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

**debt-to-earnings ratio** is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation 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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### How long does it take to pay down debt in social work?

Under a year

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in social work is covered by average graduate earnings in under a year.

### How much do graduates with master's degree in social work earn?

$51,335

The median master's degree in social work graduate earns $51,335 3 years after graduating.

### How much does a master's degree in social work cost?

$20,405

The average annual cost of a master's degree in social work is $20,405. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.