Best master’s of social work programs in District of Columbia

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.  

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#1 in District of Columbia | #202 in Social Work nationally

Gallaudet University

Washington, District of Columbia

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: $50,683

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,623

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: $61,500

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

Debt to earnings: 1.21

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 District of Columbia | #226 in Social Work nationally

Howard University

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 0.95

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

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Earnings: $56,647

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $21,587

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: $86,798

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

Debt to earnings: 1.53

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.

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The Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia

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