Best master’s of social work programs in North Carolina

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 North Carolina | #29 in Social Work nationally

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina

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: $44,784

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,593

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: $19,155

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 North Carolina | #45 in Social Work nationally

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

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: $46,804

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,613

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: $25,415

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.

#3 in North Carolina | #65 in Social Work nationally

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Economic score: 0.46

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

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Earnings: $47,731

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,540

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: $29,951

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.

#4 in North Carolina | #66 in Social Work nationally

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina

Economic score: 0.46

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

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Earnings: $46,580

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,389

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: $28,641

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

Debt to earnings: 0.61

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 North Carolina | #76 in Social Work nationally

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina

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: $47,165

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,974

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: $31,239

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 North Carolina | #87 in Social Work nationally

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina

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: $45,968

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,777

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: $30,750

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

Debt to earnings: 0.67

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 North Carolina | #90 in Social Work nationally

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina

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: $42,498

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,307

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: $26,526

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

Debt to earnings: 0.62

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 North Carolina | #93 in Social Work nationally

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

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: $44,136

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,945

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: $28,889

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

Debt to earnings: 0.65

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 North Carolina | #114 in Social Work nationally

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina

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: $45,480

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,289

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: $33,820

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.

#10 in North Carolina | #123 in Social Work nationally

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, North Carolina

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: $43,118

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,927

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: $31,062

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.

#11 in North Carolina | #193 in Social Work nationally

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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: $46,039

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,848

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: $47,822

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.

#12 in North Carolina | #199 in Social Work nationally

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina

Economic score: 0.82

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

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Earnings: $44,031

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,840

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: $45,031

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

Debt to earnings: 1.02

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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Johnson C Smith University

Charlotte, North Carolina

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