Best master’s of social work programs in Kentucky

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 Kentucky | #49 in Social Work nationally

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.43

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

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Earnings: $42,098

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,599

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: $23,250

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

Debt to earnings: 0.55

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.

#2 in Kentucky | #73 in Social Work nationally

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky

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: $45,722

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,223

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: $31,458

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

Debt to earnings: 0.69

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 Kentucky | #100 in Social Work nationally

Spalding University

Louisville, Kentucky

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: $43,475

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,976

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: $31,219

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

Debt to earnings: 0.72

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 Kentucky | #132 in Social Work nationally

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.61

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

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Earnings: $43,904

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,405

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: $35,898

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

Debt to earnings: 0.82

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 Kentucky | #144 in Social Work nationally

Brescia University

Owensboro, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.63

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

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Earnings: $35,643

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $3,144

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: $24,656

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

Debt to earnings: 0.69

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 Kentucky | #180 in Social Work nationally

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.75

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

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Earnings: $42,017

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,518

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: 0.98

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 Kentucky | #192 in Social Work nationally

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.79

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

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Earnings: $40,021

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,522

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: $38,868

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

Debt to earnings: 0.97

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.