# Best master’s of social work programs in California

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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#### California State University-Fresno

Fresno, California

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

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $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)

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

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.

#### California State University-Monterey Bay

Seaside, California

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

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $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)

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

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.

#### San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

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

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $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)

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

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.

#### California State University-Chico

Chico, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $19,051

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

#### San Jose State University

San Jose, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $37,332

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

#### California State University-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $25,017

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

#### California State University-Long Beach

Long Beach, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $22,995

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

#### San Diego State University

San Diego, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $14,356

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

#### California State University-Sacramento

Sacramento, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $20,736

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

#### California State University-Dominguez Hills

Carson, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $21,447

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

#### California State University-Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $21,968

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

#### California State University-East Bay

Hayward, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $28,579

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

#### California State University-Northridge

Northridge, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $20,834

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

#### California State University-Fullerton

Fullerton, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $18,759

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

#### California State University-Stanislaus

Turlock, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $20,544

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

#### California State University-San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $21,362

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

#### Humboldt State University

Arcata, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $15,467

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

#### University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $23,782

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

#### Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $15,224

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

#### California State University-San Marcos

San Marcos, California

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

^{Plus}: + $8,584

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