Best master’s of social work programs in Virginia

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 Virginia | #83 in Social Work nationally

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

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: $53,823

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $17,757

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: 0.76

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 Virginia | #137 in Social Work nationally

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia

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: $48,863

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,797

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: 0.84

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 Virginia | #146 in Social Work nationally

Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia

Economic score: 0.64

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

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Earnings: $48,385

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,319

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: $41,432

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

Debt to earnings: 0.86

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 Virginia | #209 in Social Work nationally

Radford University

Radford, Virginia

Economic score: 0.86

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

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Earnings: $42,447

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $6,381

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: $42,725

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

Debt to earnings: 1.01

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.