Best master’s of social work programs in Illinois

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 Illinois | #30 in Social Work nationally

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois

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: $43,318

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,125

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: $18,107

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

Debt to earnings: 0.42

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 Illinois | #58 in Social Work nationally

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois

Economic score: 0.45

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

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Earnings: $48,854

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,661

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: $30,621

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

Debt to earnings: 0.63

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 Illinois | #69 in Social Work nationally

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.47

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

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Earnings: $38,020

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $2,827

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: $19,500

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

Debt to earnings: 0.51

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 Illinois | #84 in Social Work nationally

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Carbondale, Illinois

Economic score: 0.51

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

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Earnings: $44,322

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,129

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: $28,500

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

Debt to earnings: 0.64

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 Illinois | #89 in Social Work nationally

University of St Francis

Joliet, Illinois

Economic score: 0.52

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

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Earnings: $44,746

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,553

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: $29,363

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

Debt to earnings: 0.66

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 Illinois | #91 in Social Work nationally

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

Economic score: 0.52

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

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Earnings: $49,589

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,396

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: $36,118

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

Debt to earnings: 0.73

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 Illinois | #101 in Social Work nationally

University of Illinois Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.54

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

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Earnings: $48,397

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,204

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: $35,840

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

Debt to earnings: 0.74

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 Illinois | #139 in Social Work nationally

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

Economic score: 0.62

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

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Earnings: $48,263

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,070

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: $41,155

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

Debt to earnings: 0.85

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 Illinois | #158 in Social Work nationally

Dominican University

River Forest, Illinois

Economic score: 0.67

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

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Earnings: $46,699

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,506

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: $41,554

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

Debt to earnings: 0.89

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 Illinois | #169 in Social Work nationally

Governors State University

University Park, Illinois

Economic score: 0.71

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

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Earnings: $44,971

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,778

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: $41,000

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

Debt to earnings: 0.91

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 Illinois | #206 in Social Work nationally

Chicago State University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.85

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

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Earnings: $50,599

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,406

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: 1.22

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 Illinois | #221 in Social Work nationally

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.91

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

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Earnings: $49,569

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,376

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: $63,626

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

Debt to earnings: 1.28

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.

#13 in Illinois | #224 in Social Work nationally

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.92

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

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Earnings: $53,691

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $18,498

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: $75,579

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

Debt to earnings: 1.41

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.

#14 in Illinois | #225 in Social Work nationally

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.93

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

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Earnings: $50,906

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,713

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: $68,666

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

Debt to earnings: 1.35

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.

#15 in Illinois | #235 in Social Work nationally

Erikson Institute

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 1.18

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

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Earnings: $46,056

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,863

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: $71,165

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

Debt to earnings: 1.55

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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Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois

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