Best master’s of social work programs in Massachusetts

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 Massachusetts | #46 in Social Work nationally

Westfield State University

Westfield, Massachusetts

Economic score: 0.41

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

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Earnings: $54,432

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,031

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: $29,370

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.

#2 in Massachusetts | #60 in Social Work nationally

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

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: $58,775

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $17,374

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: $37,893

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.

#3 in Massachusetts | #116 in Social Work nationally

Salem State University

Salem, Massachusetts

Economic score: 0.58

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

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Earnings: $53,563

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,162

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: $40,043

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

Debt to earnings: 0.75

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 Massachusetts | #171 in Social Work nationally

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Economic score: 0.72

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

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Earnings: $55,580

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,179

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: $53,995

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.

#5 in Massachusetts | #175 in Social Work nationally

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Economic score: 0.74

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

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Earnings: $53,506

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,105

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: $51,250

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

Debt to earnings: 0.96

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 Massachusetts | #195 in Social Work nationally

Smith College

Northampton, Massachusetts

Economic score: 0.80

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

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Earnings: $53,962

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,561

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: $56,203

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

Debt to earnings: 1.04

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 Massachusetts | #220 in Social Work nationally

Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts

Economic score: 0.90

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

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Earnings: $53,148

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,747

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: 1.16

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 Massachusetts | #234 in Social Work nationally

Simmons University

Boston, Massachusetts

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: $53,352

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,951

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: $80,978

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

Debt to earnings: 1.52

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.

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Anna Maria College

Paxton, Massachusetts

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