# Best MSW Programs in California

Social work master’s graduates in California earn a weighted average salary of $68,690 3 years after graduation, placing them in the top 5% nationally.

Cost of living is not considered when comparing states.

Our social work graduate rankings cover 21 of the 23 programs available in California, accounting for 94% of total student graduates. We only include schools with sufficient earnings and/or debt data.

Interested in how we rank schools? Review our ranking methodology.

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#### California State University, Monterey Bay

Seaside, California

The **Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State University, Fresno

Fresno, California

The **Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

The **Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### San Jose State University

San Jose, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State University, Chico

Chico, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State University, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### San Diego State University

San Diego, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State University, Dominguez Hills

Carson, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State University, Long Beach

Long Beach, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State University, Northridge

Northridge, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State University, East Bay

Hayward, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State University, Stanislaus

Turlock, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State University, Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt

Arcata, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State University, San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

#### California State University, San Marcos

San Marcos, California

**Economic 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 4 years after graduating.

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

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### How long does it take to pay down debt in social work in California?

1.1 years

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in social work is covered by average graduate earnings in 1.1 years.

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

$68,690

The median master's degree in social work graduate earns $68,690 4 years after graduating.

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

$18,413

The average annual cost of a master's degree in social work is $18,413. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.

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