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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#1 in California | #2 in Social Work nationally

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.

#2 in California | #3 in Social Work nationally

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.

#3 in California | #5 in Social Work nationally

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.

#4 in California | #6 in Social Work nationally

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.

#5 in California | #8 in Social Work nationally

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.

#6 in California | #9 in Social Work nationally

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.

#7 in California | #13 in Social Work nationally

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.

#8 in California | #16 in Social Work nationally

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.

#9 in California | #19 in Social Work nationally

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.

#10 in California | #20 in Social Work nationally

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.

#11 in California | #25 in Social Work nationally

California State University-Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California

Economic score: 0.33

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

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Earnings: $64,084

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $21,968

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: $32,303

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

Debt to earnings: 0.50

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 California | #28 in Social Work nationally

California State University-East Bay

Hayward, California

Economic score: 0.34

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

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Earnings: $70,695

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $28,579

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: $39,757

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

Debt to earnings: 0.56

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 California | #32 in Social Work nationally

California State University-Northridge

Northridge, California

Economic score: 0.36

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

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Earnings: $62,950

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $20,834

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: $33,956

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

Debt to earnings: 0.54

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 California | #33 in Social Work nationally

California State University-Fullerton

Fullerton, California

Economic score: 0.36

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

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Earnings: $60,875

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $18,759

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: $31,920

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

Debt to earnings: 0.52

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 California | #36 in Social Work nationally

California State University-Stanislaus

Turlock, California

Economic score: 0.38

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

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Earnings: $62,660

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $20,544

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: $35,000

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

Debt to earnings: 0.56

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 California | #38 in Social Work nationally

California State University-San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

Economic score: 0.38

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

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Earnings: $63,478

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $21,362

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: $36,469

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

Debt to earnings: 0.57

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 California | #40 in Social Work nationally

Humboldt State University

Arcata, California

Economic score: 0.39

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

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Earnings: $57,583

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,467

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: $30,750

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

Debt to earnings: 0.53

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 California | #77 in Social Work nationally

University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 0.49

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

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Earnings: $65,898

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $23,782

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)

Debt: $50,966

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

Debt to earnings: 0.77

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 California | #124 in Social Work nationally

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

Economic score: 0.59

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

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Earnings: $57,340

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,224

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: $46,012

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

Debt to earnings: 0.80

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 California | #205 in Social Work nationally

California State University-San Marcos

San Marcos, California

Economic score: 0.84

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

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Earnings: $50,700

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,584

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: $51,475

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

Debt to earnings: 1.02

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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