Best master’s of social work programs in Minnesota

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 Minnesota | #24 in Social Work nationally

Minnesota State University-Mankato

Mankato, Minnesota

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: $55,794

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,048

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: $23,802

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

Debt to earnings: 0.43

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 Minnesota | #39 in Social Work nationally

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

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: $52,888

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,142

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: $25,000

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.

#3 in Minnesota | #98 in Social Work nationally

Augsburg University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Economic score: 0.53

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

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Earnings: $57,117

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,371

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: $40,725

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

Debt to earnings: 0.71

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 Minnesota | #108 in Social Work nationally

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Economic score: 0.55

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

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Earnings: $56,344

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,598

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: 0.73

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.

#5 in Minnesota | #126 in Social Work nationally

University of St Thomas

Saint Paul, Minnesota

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: $54,446

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,700

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: 0.75

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.

#6 in Minnesota | #153 in Social Work nationally

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota

Economic score: 0.65

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

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Earnings: $51,246

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,500

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: $40,163

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

Debt to earnings: 0.78

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 Minnesota | #219 in Social Work nationally

University of Minnesota-Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

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: $44,687

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $1,941

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: $42,072

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

Debt to earnings: 0.94

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 Minnesota | #232 in Social Work nationally

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Economic score: 1.16

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

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Earnings: $50,231

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,485

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: $68,334

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

Debt to earnings: 1.36

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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St Catherine University

Saint Paul, Minnesota

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