Human Services Guide

Most Affordable CSWE-Accredited Master’s in Social Work Programs for 2019-20

Most afforable CSWE-accredited msw badgeSocial work is a calling as much as a profession. It’s not a field that attracts people looking to get rich overnight. You really have to love what you do to work in human services, there’s no question about it. And if you want to do it as a licensed professional, in most states that means earning a master’s degree first.

A master of social work is one of the most popular routes to qualifying, but master’s programs aren’t cheap, and you aren’t rich. Great value is one of the most important qualities to consider when you are enrolling in an MSW program.

Of course, value doesn’t come with finding the cheapest possible program. Instead, it’s a comprehensive look at the quality of the education in comparison to the cost. In the field of social work, nobody really needs an overpriced program with a lot of unnecessary extras. But you don’t want to compromise too much by going with a bare bones program just because it happens to be dirt cheap either.

The most bang for the buck is what you should be shooting for, and that’s exactly what we looked for when putting this list together.

Great Value Has to Include a Great Education

CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) accreditation is the baseline for programs we felt maintained high enough quality standards to be worth looking at when compiling a list that’s all about getting the most for your money.

CSWE maintains a Council on Accreditation (COA) and Council on Educational Policy (COEP) that are responsible for establishing policy and accreditation standards recognized by CHEA, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. Together, they establish the basic competencies programs must teach and the education standards they’re expected to maintain to be eligible for accreditation.

CSWE evaluation is an intensive process that ensures accredited programs are providing all the elements necessary to prepare graduate students to become highly skilled, compassionate practitioners when they enter the field. That’s why we feel CSWE accreditation is the bare minimum when looking for value in an MSW program.

Our Method for Comparing Tuition Costs

You’d think comparing the cost of CSWE-accredited programs would be pretty straightforward, but there’s a few things to consider when it comes to providing a meaningful comparison with useful results.

Different Tuition Rate Structures for Public and Private Universities

We pit the top public schools against one another and do the same with the private schools. Public and private universities each offer a slight variation on the educational experience and each has different cost structures that can make direct comparisons tricky…In-state rates at public schools are often hard to beat, making them attractive to state residents, but less so for non-residents having to pay out-of-state premiums. Private schools are sometimes able to offer a very competitive rate to students looking at out-of-state programs, and for that same reason they’re sometimes more attractive to international students too.

Both public and private universities offer excellent programs led by brilliant faculty, so both options are well worth considering. That’s why we present you with the lowest cost program from each category for every state that has a qualifying MSW program at both a public and private university.

Comparing Tuition Costs Within the Same State

It only makes sense to do a side-by-side comparison of tuition rates between schools located in the same state. If you live in New England, there’s a good chance you’re not too concerned with the degree programs being offered in Montana, and you definitely wouldn’t expect the cost to be comparable. Like most things, an education on the coasts tends to be more expensive, so trying to compare the cost of a program in New York to one in New Mexico makes about as much sense as comparing the cost of rent in these vastly different markets.

When there’s just one school in the state offering a qualifying program, we went ahead and presented it without a price comparison just to make sure you get the full picture of the MSW options and pricing from coast to coast.

Total Program Cost is the Best Point of Comparison

We were also sure to use total program cost instead of the often-gamed cost-per-credit-hour listing. And so you can see how each school stacks up, we’ve listed that cost in comparison to the state average for public and private schools separately.

Looking only at the total tuition cost of each program made sure we able to avoid tripping over the different methods used to calculate costs per credit hour, and the inconsistencies that arise between schools on the semester system versus those that still use the quarter system.

Looking at our list, you can be sure you’re getting an accurate calculation of the total tuition cost of each program we feature, and clearly see how much less they are than the state average.

Best Value: Most Affordable CSWE-Accredited MSW Programs by State for 2019-20

We’re giving you the best-priced CSWE-accredited programs in every state where they’re available, but we know price isn’t the only thing you’re concerned with.

Value is an enormously subjective variable. What you find valuable is going to depend not just on the core cost and education, but also on the little things associated with each program. Do you care if there is an admission exam required? We found out for you. Is a strong online option important to fit your busy schedule? We checked that out and list it for you here. Full-time or part-time? We’ll tell you what your options are.

We also spent some time going through all the little things that add up to make a difference in the quality and fabric of your day-to-day school experience. If a school has a particularly strong field placement program, we’ll tell you about it; if there are innovative class or extra certification options available, you’ll read about it here.

We dove into those quirks and extras so you can make a balanced judgment of each school. We’re confident you’ll find the right fit for you somewhere on this list!


Alabama

 
University of Alabama (PU)

School of Social Work

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus)

  • Social Work with Children, Adolescents and Their Families
  • Social Work with Adults and Their Families
 

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/JD
  • MSW/MPH

Estimated program cost: $21,560 (in-state), $23,460 (online), $58,460 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $4,612 ($2,712 online) less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE/GMAT/MAT; waived for applicants with a graduate degree or at least 5 years of experience in a related field
  • Online MSW ranked among the top online MSW programs by AffordableColleges.com in 2018
  • Flexible curriculum features two concentration options and two delivery options
  • Program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis

The University of Alabama’s Master of Social Work program is designed to meet the needs of today’s busy, adult learners by providing a fully online or campus-based curriculum. In addition to a flexible program design, the University of Alabama offers students like you the choice of two concentrations for a personalized learning experience. If you want the convenience and flexibility of a distance-based program, the MSW is offered in a primarily online format, requiring only some face-to-face laboratory sessions. In addition to offering one of the lowest tuition rates in the region, with total program costs that are nearly $5,000 less than the state average!

 
Samford University (PR)

School of Public Health

Birmingham, Alabama

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Clinical
  • Global Community Development

Dual Degree Options

  • Master of Divinity/MSW
  • MPH/MSW

Estimated program cost: $48,780

  • Admission exam requirement: GMAT/GRE required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of below 2.8
  • Full- and part-time options and two concentration options ensure the best in flexibility and personalized learning
  • Program features 900 hours of field placement, and field placement sites are developed and monitored by Samford’s Director of Field Education to ensure the highest level of quality

Grounded in a Christian environment and an academically rigorous community, Samford University’s Master of Social Work is the epitome of excellence in graduate education. This program, which emphasizes the promotion of human rights and social and economic justice, is designed to introduce you to the social work field or advance your current role in it. In addition to choosing from a full- or part-time curriculum that best meets your needs, choose Samford’s MSW and you’ll be able to choose from a clinical concentration or a global community development concentration to personalize your graduate course of study. This program features 900 hours of field placement in at least two different social services organizations, so you can be sure you’ll graduate not only with a foundation in theory but also in its practical applications. All field placement sites are developed and monitored by Samford’s Director of Field Education to ensure the highest level of quality.

Alaska

 
University of Alaska Anchorage (PU)

School of Social Work

Anchorage, Alaska

Website

Master of Social Work (online)

Estimated program cost: $17,604 (in-state), $37,008 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Fully online program features an innovative learning platform that enables students to connect and engage with faculty and peers
  • Offered as both a part- and full-time program
  • Generalist program design ensures students are prepared to assume a wide array of positions throughout the rural, remote, and small metropolitan communities of Alaska

The University of Alaska Anchorage’s Master of Social Work program allows students like you to earn your grad degree at a distance and at a truly affordable price. Thanks to an innovative, online learning platform that includes video conference, teleconference, and Blackboard Learn, you’ll be able to complete the MSW from the comfort of your home. The only on-campus requirements include period program intensives at the UAA Anchorage campus. Offered as both a full-time and part-time program, the MSW features an advanced generalist curriculum, the ideal model for preparing you to assume a wide variety of positions throughout the rural, remote, and small metropolitan communities of Alaska.

Arizona

 
Arizona State University (PU)

School of Social Work

Tempe, Arizona

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus)

  • Advanced Direct Practice
    • Children, Youth and Families
    • Behavioral Health
    • Public Child Welfare
  • Advanced Generalist
  • Policy, Administration, and Community Practice

Estimated program cost: $23,728 (in-state), $24,972 (online), $ 47,744 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE/MAT required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.2
  • ASU is home to one of the largest and most diverse social work programs in the world
  • Program offered either on-campus or online for the best in flexibility and convenience
  • MSW has been producing social work leaders since 1965
  • School of Social Work’s Field Education Office helps find internship sites that best align with your professional goals

In addition to holding the unique distinction as one of the largest and most diverse social work programs in the world, Arizona State University’s MSW, whether online or on-campus, is the epitome of value. Since 1965, they’ve offered the acclaimed MSW program, which is designed to prepare professionals like you to meet the needs of special populations, particularly in the Southwest. After the first year of foundational courses, you’ll explore an area of concentration, choosing from advanced direct practice, advanced generalist, or policy, administration, and community practice. Choose Advanced Direct Practice and you’ll have the option of further specializing your educational focus in one of three ways. Whether online or on-campus, you’ll complete exciting, hands-on field education and work with the School of Social Work’s Field Education Office to find experiences that best align with your professional goals.

Arkansas

 
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (PU)

School of Social Work

Little Rock, Arkansas

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus)

  • Advanced Direct Practice
  • Management and Community Practice
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/JD

Estimated program cost: $13,200 (in-state), $29,120 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $6,900 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Flexible MSW may be completed as a generalist program or a focused course of study in either advanced direct practice or management and community practice
  • University utilizes the agency-based instruction model for field placements, which means that committed and practicing social workers volunteer their time to teach future social workers

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Master of Social Work is your ticket to an affordable graduate education in social work! In addition to its impressive value, which includes a total program cost of nearly $7,000 less than the state average, the University of Arkansas’ MSW offers the best in program flexibility, thanks to its on-campus and online program delivery options and its full- and part-time options. Along with a strong generalist foundation, you’ll be able to choose from two concentrations or a broad MSW to best suit your professional goals. Want to add another dimension to your MSW? Choose the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Whichever path you take, you’ll complete practical internships that allow you to build upon your graduate course of study. UALR utilizes the agency-based instruction model, which means that you’ll be guided by committed and practicing social workers who volunteer their time to teach future social workers.

California

 
California State University (PU)

Master of Social Work (Online and On-Campus)

California

Master of Social Work (Online and On-Campus)

Estimated program cost: $14,352 (in-state), $38,112 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $907 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

The California State University System is massive, wide-reaching, and truly affordable. All students within the CSU system pay the same graduate tuition, which is nearly $1,000 less than the state average among public institutions. The CSU system is the nation’s largest four-year public university system, with 23 campuses and 8 off-campus locations. With more than 484,000 students and an enormous network of 3.4 million living alumni, this university system is a major driver of California’s economy. Eighteen campuses now offer the Master of Social Work, with program delivery and admission requirements varying slightly from program to program.

 
California State University Bakersfield

Department of Social Work

Bakersfield, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, hybrid)

Admission exam requirement: GRE (analytical writing portion)

 
California State University Chico

School of Social Work

Chico, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Admission exam requirement: none

 
California State University Dominguez Hills

College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

Carson, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Admission exam requirement: GRE recommended for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0

 
California State University East Bay

Department of Social Work

Hayward, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Admission exam requirement: none

 
California State University Fresno

Department of Social Work Education

Fresno, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Admission exam requirement: GRE

 
California State University Fullerton

College of Health and Human Development

Fullerton, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Admission exam requirement: optional GRE

 
California State University Long Beach

Social Work Department

Long Beach, California

Website

Master of Social Work

(on-campus, online program due to be introduced in 2019-22)

Admission exam requirement: none

 
California State University Los Angeles

School of Social Work

Los Angeles, California

Website

Master’s in Social Work (on-campus)

Admission exam requirement: none

 
California State University Monterey Bay

Department of Social Work

Seaside, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Admission exam requirement: GRE required for applicants with less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA

 
California State University Northridge

Department of Social Work

Northridge, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, online)

Admission exam requirement: none

 
California State University Sacramento

Division of Social Work

Sacramento, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Admission exam requirement: GRE (analytical writing portion only)

 
California State University San Bernardino

School of Social Work

San Bernardino, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, online, hybrid)

Admission exam requirement: none

 
California State University San Marcos

Department of Social Work

San Marcos, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Admission exam requirement: none

 
California State University Stanislaus

College of Education, Kinesiology, and Social Work

Turlock, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, hybrid)

Admission exam requirement: none

 
Humboldt State University

Department of Social Work

Arcata, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, online)

Admission exam requirement: optional

 
San Diego State University

School of Social Work

San Diego, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Admission exam requirement: GRE

 
San Francisco State University

School of Social Work

San Francisco, California

Website

Master’s of Social Work (on-campus)

Admission exam requirement: none

 
San Jose State University

School of Social Work

San Jose, California

Website

Master’s of Social Work (on-campus, hybrid)

Admission exam requirement: none

 
California Baptist University (PR)

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Riverside, California

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Clinical Social Work Practice Track
  • Community Social Work Practice Track
  • Children and Families Concentration
  • Global Justice Concentration
  • Older Adults Concentration

Estimated program cost: $32,895

$29,811 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • University ranked a ‘Best Regional University’ by U.S. News & World Report in 2017
  • Outstanding selection of fieldwork experiences aimed serving the marginalized populations throughout the Inland Empire
  • Dedicated faculty mentor is assigned to all students in the program

When it comes to value in private education, California Baptist University’s Master of Social Work simply can’t be beat. Coming in at nearly $30,000 less than the state average for private social work master’s programs in California, the MSW offers an outstanding value alongside a contemporary and rigorous course of study. You’ll love the outstanding field work opportunities of this program, from the Riverside County’s Adoption Day to Mayor’s Faith Summit to a variety of programs aimed at serving the marginalized populations throughout the Inland Empire. You’ll also partner with community organizations to conduct valuable research during your capstone research project, and you’ll be mentored by professional social workers who are dedicated to your success. And because mentorship is the hallmark feature of the MSW, you’ll be guided and supported throughout the program by your own dedicated faculty mentor.

Colorado

 
Metropolitan State University (PU)

Department of Social Work

Denver, Colorado

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus, hybrid)

  • Children and Families
  • Mental Health
  • Leadership and Management

Estimated program cost: $28,380 (in-state), $39,768 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $6,952 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Exceptional program choices include full- and part-time formats, online, on-campus, or blended delivery, and your choice of three concentrations
  • Program features small class sizes, a diverse faculty, and hands-on advising

Looking for value? Metropolitan State University’s Master of Social Work program is nearly $7,000 less than the state average. And is flexibility and convenience important to you? MSU has you covered there, too, thanks to its on-campus, online, and hybrid course delivery. Choose the MSW and you’ll also benefit from small class sizes (for an outstanding personalized education), exceptional field experiences, a diverse faculty, and the best in hands-on advising to ensure you reach your educational and professional goals. Choose from a full- or part-time schedule and the option of specializing your MSW in children and families, mental health, or leadership and management.

Connecticut

 
Southern Connecticut State University (PU)

Social Work Department

New Haven, Connecticut

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, hybrid)

  • Children and Families
  • Elders and Families
  • Mental Health and Substance Use: Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Social Work in School Settings

Estimated program cost: $14,056 (in-state), $36,204 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,377 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Esteemed faculty with extensive experience in both clinical and policy practice
  • Program’s supportive learning environment is complemented with small classes and collaborative research opportunities
  • Exciting field practice opportunities in New Haven and throughout Connecticut

Southern Connecticut State University’s MSW program offers everything you’d want in a master’s program in social work – and more! In addition to boasting a truly affordable program that falls nearly $1,500 below the state average, Southern Connecticut State’s MSW features a flexible curriculum that allows you to study either on-campus or through a blend of on-campus and online courses. During your first year of study, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge necessary for generalist social work. In the second year, you’ll dive deep into a specific area of practice, including children and families, elders and families, mental health and substance abuse, or social work in school settings. As an MSW student, you’ll benefit from: an esteemed faculty with extensive experience in both clinical and policy practice…a supportive learning environment complemented with small classes and collaborative research opportunities…and exciting field practice opportunities in New Haven and throughout Connecticut.

 
Sacred Heart University (PR)

College of Arts and Sciences

Fairfield, Connecticut

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus)

  • Direct Clinical Practice
  • Direct Community Practice

Estimated program cost: $45,000

$8,716 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • University ranked among the Princeton Review’s ‘Best 382 Colleges: 2018’
  • Outstanding program options include full- or part-time study, on-campus or online delivery, and your choice of a specialized or general course of study
  • Ranked among the top ten fastest-growing Catholic colleges in America by the Chronicle of Higher Education

Sacred Heart University, long recognized as a leader in higher education, (It’s ranked among the Princeton Review’s ‘Best 382 Colleges: 2018’.) offers an outstanding course of graduate education for the aspiring or practicing social worker, along with a superb value. In fact, Sacred Heart’s Master of Social Work program is nearly $9,000 less than the state average! In addition to an affordable and robust master’s degree, the MSW offers a variety of delivery options to suit your professional and personal needs. Choose from a full- or part-time course of study, either on-campus or online—the choice is yours! Whether you’re looking for a generalized or specialized program, Sacred Heart’s MSW has you covered there, too, thanks to options to specialize in either direct clinical practice or direct community practice.

Delaware

 
Delaware State University (PU)

Department of Social Work

Dover, Delaware

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus)

  • Advanced Generalist Practice

Estimated program cost: $25,800 (in-state), $26,280 (online), $56,880 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Exciting study abroad opportunity in Costa Rica includes visiting orphanages and indigenous tribes, exploring medical initiative projects, and engaging in volunteer efforts
  • Online MSW includes a variety of distance learning courses and tools to suit online learners

Delaware State University’s Master of Social Work is an exciting and affordable program for aspiring or currently practicing social work professionals who want to gain advanced knowledge and skills needed for advanced practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Choose Delaware State and you’ll have the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica, where you’ll visit orphanages and indigenous tribes, explore medical initiative projects, and engage in volunteer efforts! You’ll also study under an esteemed faculty of active practitioners, gain unique insight into the profession through guest lecturers, and have the opportunity to learn through a variety of field placement experiences. Do geographical limitations or professional obligations prevent you from attending a campus-based program? No problem! Delaware University also offers its MSW as an online program, offering a variety of distance-learning tools through Blackboard, including web-enhanced courses, blended learning courses, and fully asynchronous online courses.

District of Columbia - Washington, D.C.

 
Gallaudet University (PR)

Department of Social Work

Washington D.C.

Website

Master of Social Work (hybrid)

Estimated program cost: $36,360

$25,722 less than state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program focused on social work for the deaf and hard of hearing populations
  • Option to participate in a school social work focus area as part of Gallaudet’s Educator Preparation Providers Unit
  • All students of the MSW become qualified through the Center for American Sign Language Literacy
  • Esteemed social work faculty are actively engaged in program development efforts on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing people throughout the metropolitan Washington D.C. area

Gallaudet University’s Master of Social Work features the value you’re looking for in a private university and the quality you demand in a graduate program. Choose Gallaudet and you’ll gain the advanced social work knowledge and skills needed to work with deaf and hard of hearing populations. Whether your professional goals take you to a mental health setting, correction agency, family and child welfare agency, or healthcare agency, Gallaudet’s MSW has you covered, thanks to a rigorous curriculum that’s focused on policy, research, and agency and community work. In addition to completing exciting and stimulating field projects, you may also apply to participate in a school social work focus area as part of Gallaudet’s Educator Preparation Providers Unit. As an MSW student, you’ll also become qualified through the Center for American Sign Language Literacy. Just a few of the perks of choosing Gallaudet for your MSW include: esteemed faculty members experienced in their fields, engaged in research, and active in community service projects… social work faculty that are engaged in program development efforts on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing people throughout the metropolitan Washington D.C. area…and outstanding opportunities with guest lecturers from the nation’s capital and throughout the country.

Florida

 
University of West Florida (PU)

Department of Social Work

Pensacola, Florida

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $11,592 (in-state), $28,512 (AL resident), $41,808 (non-resident)

In-state tuition is $12,318 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Clinically focused degree features working with a variety of populations, including military populations
  • University named among the ‘Best Regional College – Southeastern’ by the Princeton Review
  • University ranked among the ‘Best College’ by Money magazine in 2017

The University of West Florida’s Master of Social Work program is the affordable course of graduate education you’ve been looking for! Coming in at more than $12,000 less than the state average for master’s degree programs in social work, this program offers a distinct value in graduate education. But it also offers a relevant and rigorous course of study that will prepare you to work with a variety of populations, including military populations. This clinically focused degree meets the requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida through a full- or part-time curriculum that features 900 hours of exciting field experiences. Just a couple of the accolades bestowed upon this the University of West Florida include: ‘Best Regional College – Southeastern’ by the Princeton Review…a and ‘Best College’ by Money magazine in 2017.

 
Saint Leo University (PR)

Saint Leo, Florida

Website

Master of Social Work (online)

Estimated program cost: $29,760

$12,108 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE/MAT required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0
  • University consistently ranked among the top universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report
  • Synchronous program includes weekly online classes and one weekend seminar

Saint Leo University’s fully online Master of Social Work degree provides you with an innovative, distance-based course of study—at an incredible value! Priced at more than $12,000 less than the state average, this program offers busy, working professionals like you with the value and flexibility you need, and the academic excellence you demand. This synchronous program includes meeting, via webcam, for weekly evening classes and attending just one weekend seminar on campus during the summer for the best in convenience. Choose Saint Leo’s MSW and you’ll focus on social work practices in the military, with couples and families, and on issues of gender, ethnicity, empowerment, and multiculturalism. As the oldest Catholic college in Florida and among the top ranked universities in Florida, you’ll feel confident knowing you’re receiving a top-tier education from a respected institution.

Georgia

 
Savannah State University (PU)

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Savannah, Georgia

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Clinical Practice
  • Social Administration Practice

Estimated program cost: $11,760 (in-state), $43,560 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $8,444 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE
  • Program includes the Integrative Seminar Series that helps turn theoretical knowledge into real-world practical skills
  • Program features specializations in clinical practice or social administration practice and your choice of full- or part-time study

Savannah State University’s Master of Social Work offers an incredible value in graduate education — nearly $9,000 less than the state average! Choose this affordable program and you’ll complete a robust curriculum that’s complemented with courses in clinical practice or social administration practice and enhanced by three field practicum courses for the best in hands-on learning. You’ll also engage in the innovative Integrative Seminar Series, which will help you in developing the real-world practical skills you need to succeed after graduation. You’ll also complete 1,000 hours of field experiences, which are arranged through dynamic affiliation agreements with a variety of human services organizations in the Savannah region. Choose Savannah State University and you’ll be part of the institution’s rich tradition of academic excellence that dates back nearly 130 years.

Hawaii

 
University of Hawaii at Manoa (PU)

Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

Honolulu, Hawaii

Website

Master of Social Work (online*, on-campus)

  • Behavioral Mental Health
  • Child and Family
  • Gerontology
  • Health

*not all specializations may be available through the online program

Estimated program cost: $31,200

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE may be required for applicants whose undergraduate degree was graded under a non-traditional grading scale (e.g., pass/fail)
  • Relevant curriculum is designed to meet local and Pacific/Asian needs
  • University considered a top-tier research university, consistently ranked among the top 15 universities internationally
  • Program features a full- or part-time curriculum, a host of relevant specializations, and an on-campus and online delivery
  • Outstanding alumni network of more than 170,000 reside in all 50 states and 100 countries worldwide

The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s MSW has everything you’d want in a social work master’s program: an affordable tuition; the option of full- or part-time study; your choice of specializations to personalize your course of study; and the option of studying on-campus or online. This robust and relevant graduate program, which features a curriculum that’s designed to meet local and Pacific/Asian needs, also features 900 hours of field education designed to arm you with the practical skills you’ll need to make a difference in the field of social work practice. If you’re a neighbor island resident, you can complete the MSW via a distance-based platform that includes interactive television, computer-based delivery, and a select number of on-campus visits. Choose the University of Hawaii at Manoa and you’ll be part of one of the most diverse universities in the U.S., including an alumni network of more than 170,000 that reside in all 50 states and 100 countries worldwide.

 
Hawaii Pacific University (PR)

School of Social Work

Honolulu, Hawaii

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, hybrid)

  • Child/Adult Protective Services
  • Healthcare
  • Mental Health
  • Individual and Family Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Military and Veteran Affairs
  • Social Agency Administration

Estimated program cost: $37,800

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Seven specializations to choose from, including the new Military and Veteran Affairs focus that includes specialized course instruction on the needs of active military personnel, veterans, and their families
  • Program features your choice of evening, weekend, online, and hybrid courses for the best in flexibility and convenience
  • Outstanding multicultural environment includes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries

Hawaii Pacific University offers a private graduate education in social work at a public education price! But that’s not all—this comprehensive program features a personalized course of study that allows you to specialize your graduate course of study in seven different areas and a flexible curriculum that allows you to choose from evening, weekend, online, and hybrid courses to best meet your personal and professional needs. Choose Hawaii Pacific University and you’ll learn in a truly multicultural environment that includes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries while you study under a faculty of veteran practitioners who serve as educators, researchers, and scholars.

Idaho

 
Boise State University (PU)

School of Social Work

Boise, Idaho

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, online)

Estimated program cost: $19,176 (in-state), $30,195 (online), $50,552 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: none; applicants may submit the GRE to supplement their undergraduate academic record
  • Program available at the main campus, online, and through the Twin Falls and Coeur d’Alene regional campuses for the best in flexibility and convenience
  • Outstanding student support services offered through the Advising and Academic Support Center

Boise State University’s Master of Social Work offers the best in affordable graduate education and the finest in program design and flexibility. Choose Boise State’s MSW and you’ll be able to complete the program full-time or part-time at the Boise, Twin Falls and Coeur d’Alene campuses or completely online – the choice is yours! Just a few of the reasons why Boise State’s MSW comes out on top include: a dedicated faculty that offers a comprehensive, hands-on education…outstanding internship opportunities in a variety of settings…and an online program that we would recognize as being among the best even if it didn’t also offer an exceptional value. As an MSW student here, you’ll also receive the best personal student support through the Advising and Academic Support Center. Just a few of the resources and services available here include online tutoring, academic coaching, and success workshops.

 
Northwest Nazarene University (PR)

Nampa, Idaho

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Clinical Mental Health and Addictions
  • Integrated Clinical and Community Practice

Estimated program cost: $34,500

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program offered both in Nampa and Idaho Falls as a cohort learning model for the best in collaboration and communication
  • University recognized for academic excellence by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, among others
  • Program features evening and weekend courses to suit the needs of adult learners
  • Outstanding job placement rate of 95%

Northwest Nazarene University’s Master of Social Work isn’t just affordable—it’s also exceptional, earning accolades for its academic excellence from U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, among others. The MSW is offered as both an on-campus and distance learning program, and both programs utilize an innovative cohort model that ensures an interactive learning environment of like-minded students. The on-campus Nampa program features evening and weekend courses, while the distance-based program in Idaho Falls allows you to study at the same time as Nampa students, at a site closer to home. In addition to your choice of clinical mental health and addictions or integrated clinical and community practice specializations, you’ll enjoy a vast array of internship opportunities, thanks to the campus’s ideal location near Boise. Why else should Northwest Nazarene be on your radar? This university boasts an impressive job placement rate of 95%!

Illinois

 
Northeastern Illinois University (PU)

Department of Social Work

Chicago, Illinois

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Practice with Vulnerable Populations
    • Practice with Children and Families
  • Leadership and Change
    • Advocacy and Change

Estimated program cost: $14,548 (in-state), $48,480 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $8,027 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • MSW new in 2016
  • Program follows a cohort model for the best in support and camaraderie
  • Curriculum features late afternoon and evening classes to suit the schedules of busy, working professionals

Northeastern Illinois University’s Master of Social Work, new in 2016, builds upon the esteemed BSW to prepare emerging professionals like you to serve vulnerable populations in a wide array of settings. During the first half of the program you’ll complete the MSW foundation, which is designed to prepare you for generalist practice. During the second half of the program you’ll choose a concentration and specialization to personalize your graduate course of study. Northeastern Illinois University offers an outstanding value for graduate education (more than $8,000 less than the state average!) and features an ethnically diverse student body, small class sizes, and a dedicated faculty there to help you succeed. This program is structured as a cohort, thereby allowing you to study alongside a group of like-minded peers. And thanks to late afternoon and evening classes, you’ll be able to maintain your professional obligations while earning your MSW.

 
Aurora University (PR)

School of Social Work

Aurora, Illinois

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Addictions
  • Child Welfare
  • Faith-Based
  • Forensic Social Work
  • Gerontology
  • Healthcare
  • Leadership Administration
  • School Social Work

Master of Social Work (online)

  • Administrative Leadership
  • Faith-Based
  • Forensics
  • Health Care

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MBA
  • MSW/MPA

Estimated program cost: $36,000

$29,025 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program available on-campus at the main campus in Aurora, at the George Williams College of Aurora in Williams Bay, WI, or fully online
  • Online MSW features an interactive and collaborative learning environment, along with convenient, five-to-eight-week modules
  • Outstanding field experiences opportunities overseen by highly qualified preceptors

Aurora University is what excellence in graduate education looks like. With a total program cost of nearly $30,000 less than the state average for private social work master’s degree programs, Aurora stands out from the competition. But its outstanding academic offerings and robust curriculum also make this university a top contender among master’s degree programs in social work even without taking value into consideration. For the best in convenience and flexibility, you can earn this degree through the main Aurora campus, the George Williams College of Aurora (located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin), or completely online. Whichever you choose, you’ll enjoy a relevant and rigorous program that includes your choice among a host of exciting specializations. You’ll also gain valuable, hands-on experience through 1,050 hours of field instruction while you work alongside highly qualified preceptors who serve as both experienced educators and mentors. Choose the online MSW and you’ll enjoy year-round courses offered in convenient, five- to eight-week modules, along with plenty of collaboration and communication with your instructors and peers through interactive discussion boards and chat rooms.

Indiana

 
University of Southern Indiana (PU)

Social Work Department

Evansville, Indiana

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $23,485 (in-state), $45,994 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,663 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Unique study abroad opportunity in Jamaica available through a partnership with International Orphanage Relief
  • Exciting opportunities to participate in the community programs and resources of the university’s Center for Social Justice Education
  • Optional course sequence available in substance abuse and addiction services

The University of Southern Indiana’s Master of Social Work program offers a fantastic value in graduate education, along with a comprehensive course of study that features specialized field placements, an innovative graduate capstone project, and a robust curriculum designed to prepare you to become a clinical social worker in a wide array of settings. The University of Southern Indiana also offers its social work students the unique opportunity to study in a global context, thanks to a partnership with International Orphanage Relief, which gives students a service learning opportunity in Jamaica. As an MSW student here, you’ll also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience through the Center for Social Justice Education. The Center offers a variety of programs and resources for the University of Southern Indiana community and the Southwestern Indiana region. Want to take your MSW to the next level? Consider adding the Online Advanced Studies in Addiction Science to your program—a 100% online sequence for students interested in training in substance abuse and addiction services.

 
Indiana Wesleyan University (PR)

Graduate School

Marion, Indiana

Website

Master of Social Work (online)

Estimated program cost: $33,990

$1,725 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Fully online program offered in a lock-step, cohort model
  • A dedicated personal academic advisor ensures you reach your personal and professional goals
  • Program features a clinical emphasis that’s based on a generalist curriculum

Indiana Wesleyan University’s Master of Social Work offers everything you’d want in a social work master’s degree program – and more! In addition to offering a truly affordable tuition rate (about $1,700 less than the state average), this program features a fully online course delivery as to accommodate the needs of today’s busy professionals. As the largest private college in Indiana, Indiana Wesleyan University boasts a student population of about 8,000. But this university also offers the personal attention you’d expect from a small school, including a dedicated personal academic advisor who will work with you throughout your educational journey to ensure you meet your personal and professional goals. The MSW is offered in a lock-step, cohort format, which means you’ll complete courses in a specific sequence while you fulfill your course requirements whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you. The clinical emphasis of the program is built upon a generalist approach that ensures you are qualified to serve as a clinical social worker in a variety of settings and with a variety of populations.

Iowa

 
University of Northern Iowa (PU)

Department of Social Work

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus)

  • Trauma-Informed Specialization

Estimated program cost: $18,318 (in-state), $39,266 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $2,187 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • The University of Iowa is the only program in Iowa to offer the Trauma-Informed Care concentration
  • Unique cohort delivery model allows you to study alongside a group of like-minded adult learners for the duration of the program.

With a program cost of more than $2,000 less than the state average, the University of Iowa’s Master of Social Work program offers students like you the value you demand in a graduate program. But the perks of this MSW don’t end there. This relevant and comprehensive course of study features a trauma-informed specialization that allows you to explore how to treat both acute and complex forms of psychological trauma. Just some of the body-centered psychotherapies and approaches you’ll examine include mindfulness, EDMR, somatic therapy, and yoga. Does your professional and/or personal obligations demand a more flexible curriculum? The University of Iowa offers a part-time online program that allows you to complete your MSW from the comfort of your home. Just a few of the perks of earning your MSW through the University of Iowa include: a wide array of exciting internship opportunities…a diverse, experienced faculty…and a cohort delivery model that allows you to study alongside a group of like-minded adult learners for the duration of the program.

 
St. Ambrose University (PR)

School of Social Work

Davenport, Iowa

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, hybrid)

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MBA

Estimated program cost: $42,000

In-state tuition $3,000 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program includes an optional study abroad course that allows you to study mental health practices and policies in places like India and Ecuador
  • Broad MSW curriculum prepares you to pursue a host of careers with diverse populations in a variety of social settings
  • University boasts community connections with more than 400 regional agencies and organizations for the finest selection in field practicums
  • Curriculum includes exam preparation

St. Ambrose University’s Master of Social Work is affordable, convenient, and robust! At $3,000 less than the state average, this MSW offers a great value in graduate education, while the flexible curriculum includes full- and part-time options and hybrid and online delivery. This innovative program features a focus on empowerment, social justice, and advocacy and a curriculum that emphasizes a wide range of practical skills, allowing you to pursue a host of careers with diverse populations in a variety of social settings. After completing the MSW core, you’ll dive deep, studying areas like case management, psychotherapy and play therapy, system approaches, advocacy, networking, and more. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of electives, including social work in schools, social policies affecting the elderly, couple and family therapy, and more, and you’ll complete a host of field placements that best align with your interests and goals. St. Ambrose University has community connections with more than 400 regional agencies and organizations! Plus, the curriculum includes exam review to prepare you to take the Iowa licensure exam.

Kansas

 
Wichita State University (PU)

School of Social Work

Wichita, Kansas

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $19,026 (in-state), $46,683 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $4,919 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Outstanding opportunities to supplement classroom learning with public service activities, student research, and mentorship activities
  • Superb employment and career-related resources and services available through the Wichita State Career Development Center

At nearly $5,000 less than the state average for social work master’s degree programs in Kansas, Wichita State University’s Master of Social Work knows a thing or two about value. But this program offers much more than just affordability. Offered as both a part- and full-time program, the MSW program is a highly structured course of study that’s complemented by exciting internships and practicum placements in the Wichita, Kansas, metropolitan area and surrounding rural areas. As a student here, you’ll have opportunities to supplement your classroom learning with public service activities, student research, and mentorship activities. Plus, you’ll have full access to the Wichita State Career Development Center – your resource for everything career- and employment-related.

 
Newman University (PR)

Graduate School of Social Work

Wichita, Kansas

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Dual Degree Options
  • MSW/MBA

Estimated program cost: $36,828, $45,880 (Colorado Springs site)

  • Admission exam requirement: none; applicants may submit the GRE to supplement their academic record
  • Recently redesigned curriculum features a focus on clinical and trauma competencies
  • Program also offered at the Colorado Springs outreach site for the best in flexibility and convenience
  • Wichita program features classes just one day a week to meet the needs of today’s busy professionals

Newman University’s Master of Social Work is affordable, comprehensive, and flexible! And its robust curriculum has been recently redesigned to include clinical and trauma competencies as to best prepare you to meet the demands of today’s social work practice. Choose Newman’s MSW and you’ll learn in a supportive environment that includes both the Wichita campus and a Colorado Springs outreach site for the best in flexibility and convenience. With classes just one day a week, this program meets the needs of today’s busy, working professionals like you. You’ll also enjoy opportunities for exciting field placement experiences in community mental health centers, hospice programs, correctional facilities, substance abuse programs, and much, much more. You’ll be supervised by agency-based social workers and guided by a faculty liaison throughout your field experiences.

Kentucky

 
University of Kentucky (PU)

College of Social Work

Lexington, Kentucky

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, hybrid)

  • Clinical Social Work
  • Community and Social Development
  • Certificate in Military Behavioral Health
  • Certificate in School Social Work
  • Certificate in Gerontology
  • Certificate in Developmental Disabilities

Estimated program cost: $25,452 (in-state), $60,448 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $5,208 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program can be completed at the main campus in Lexington, at the Morehead/Ashland campus, or at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health-Hazard in Southeast Kentucky
  • Program also features a weekend/hybrid model that features online classes that are supplemented with once-monthly on-campus sessions
  • Outstanding options for specialization through a variety of concentrations and certificates

The University of Kentucky’s Master of Social Work, whether on-campus or through a blended course delivery, offers a fantastic value in graduate education that’s more than $5,000 less than the state average. Choose this MSW and you’ll be able to personalize your graduate education through your choice of specialization or through the completion of a certificate program. You’ll also be able to complete this program in Lexington, at the Morehead/Ashland campus, or at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health-Hazard in Southeast Kentucky. You’ll also have the option of completing the weekend/hybrid MSW, a flexible and convenient cohort-based program that’s offered through a dynamic online learning platform. Attend one, on-campus monthly session and complete the remaining course requirements through online study.

 
University of Louisville (PU)

Kent School of Social Work

Louisville, Kentucky

Website

MS in Social Work (online, on-campus)

  • Couple and Family Therapy
  • Military Social Work
  • School Social Work
  • Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  • Gerontology
  • Mental Health
  • Psychosocial Oncology
Dual Degree Options
  • MSSW/JD
  • MSSW/Master of Divinity
  • MSSW/MA in Pan African Studies
  • MSSW/MA in Women and Gender Studies
  • MSSW/MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Estimated program cost: $25,728 (in-state), $54,164 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $4,932 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Contemporary specializations include areas like psychosocial oncology, couple and family therapy, and alcohol and drug counseling
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities available through two-week exchange programs
  • Fully online program delivery available

The University of Louisville’s MS in Social Work, at nearly $5,000 less than the average for public social work master’s programs in Kentucky, is a clear value. But this program has much more to offer, including a relevant and comprehensive curriculum, a flexible program design that includes on-campus or online delivery and full- and part-time options, and a host of exciting concentrations that allow you to personalize your graduate course of study. And if you have aspirations of adding a global element to your MSW, the University of Louisville has you covered there, too, with its two-week exchange programs that allow you to travel overseas and explore a host country and its social programs.

 
Campbellsville University (PR)

Carver School of Social Work

Campbellsville, Kentucky

Website

Master of Social Work (online, hybrid)

Estimated program cost: $28,740 (hybrid), $33,540 (online)

Hybrid program is $6,566 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

Online program is $1,766 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program available at Campbellsville, Louisville, or Somerset campuses; or entirely online for the best in convenience and flexibility
  • Curriculum features a focus on current global issues within a clinical track

Campbellsville University’s Master of Social Work is affordable, flexible, comprehensive, and convenient. Priced at nearly $7,000 less than the state average (hybrid program), this program is a great value in graduate education. But it’s flexible hybrid and online course delivery also make this program convenient, particularly for busy, working professionals with demanding schedules. Take this program at the campus locations in Campbellsville, Louisville or Somerset, or in a hybrid format that combines online study with campus visits, or complete it entirely online – the choice is yours! This program features a general curriculum with a focus on current global issues and a clinical track that prepares you to tackle any number of exciting and dynamic careers in social work in areas like therapy and counseling, community mental health, the criminal justice system, and public advocacy.

Louisiana

 
Southern University at New Orleans (PU)

School of Social Work

New Orleans, Louisiana

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $17,952 (in-state), $31,832 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $3,237 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Close proximity to New Orleans means outstanding opportunities for internships and field experiences
  • MSW aimed at resolving civic and social issues and problems
  • Program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis

Make no doubt about it—Southern University at New Orleans’ Master of Social Work is a value in graduate education. In fact, this program is more than $3,000 less than the state average for social work master’s degree programs housed in public universities! With the themes of advocacy, empowerment, and transformation as the guiding principles, the SUNO’s School of Social Work offers an MSW program that’s committed to resolving civic and social issues and problems. The MSW is offered as either a full- or part-time program for the best in convenience and flexibility, and the close proximity to New Orleans (just seven miles) means outstanding opportunities for internships and field experiences.

 
Louisiana College (PR)

School of Social Work

Pineville, Louisiana

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Healthcare/Behavioral Health
  • Advanced Generalist Practice

Estimated program cost: $28,000

$41,420 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program features an impressive student-to-faculty ratio of just 11:1 for the best in personalized learning
  • Only MSW program in the region to offer a healthcare/behavioral health concentration
  • Program available on a part- and full-time basis

Louisiana College’s Master of Social Work is a true value in graduate education in Louisiana, coming in at more than $40,000 less than the state average for master’s degree social work programs at private universities. And while it offers affordability, it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to quality either. This comprehensive program is designed to prepare students for advanced practice work with a variety of populations in a variety of settings, including healthcare, forensics, behavioral health, geriatrics, and more. It’s also quite innovative, as it is the only program in the region to offer a healthcare/behavioral health concentration. This new program, which offered its first cohort in January 2018, also offers an advanced generalist program. You’ll also have the option to complete this program on a full- or part-time basis, whichever works best with your current professional and personal obligations.

Maine

 
University of Southern Maine (PU)

School of Social Work

Portland, Maine

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $24,827 (in-state), $43,493 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $756 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program focused on multicultural social work and advanced social work practice
  • Options to personalize your MSW through electives
  • Program is offered in a cohort format for the best in collaboration and communication
  • Exciting fieldwork, practicums, and research opportunities available

The University of Southern Maine’s Master of Social Work offers a value in graduate education for aspiring social work practitioners like you. The comprehensive curriculum of this program is focused on multicultural social work, which provides a framework for addressing the issues of diversity in social work, along with an emphasis on advanced social work practice that can be specialized through your choice of electives. Whether you choose to complete the MSW on a full- or part-time basis, you’ll benefit from the cohort design, which emphasizes working alongside a group of like-minded peers throughout the program. You’ll also complete a wide range of exciting fieldwork activities through Maine social services agencies, and you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of valuable research and practicum opportunities.

Maryland

 
Salisbury University (PU)

College of Health and Human Services

Salisbury, Maryland

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus*, hybrid)

*MSW also offered at the following off-site campus locations:

  • Eastern Shore Higher Education Center at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD
  • Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, MD
  • The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown in Hagerstown, MD
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, MD
  • Kaiserslautern Military Community in Germany (for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, American government employees, and their families)

Estimated program cost: $25,048 (in-state), $47,430 (online), $44,888 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,661 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • University recognized among U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Colleges,’ the Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges,’ Kiplinger’s ‘Best Values’, and Washington Monthly’s ‘Best Bang for the Buck Colleges’
  • Outstanding flexibility and convenience – choose from five Maryland campuses or a fully online course delivery
  • Program features evening classes and twice-weekly visits to campus for the best in convenience for busy, working professionals

Salisbury University’s Master of Social Work is affordable and convenient, offering a solid value in graduate education and the best in curriculum flexibility! With Salisbury’s MSW you’ll be able to choose to complete your degree at no less than five campuses in Maryland and one in Germany, or select the fully online option. Whichever location you choose, you’ll benefit from this program’s flexible, full- or part-time options… evening classes with twice-weekly visits to campus… and the university’s latest technology which includes fully interactive, live video and online instruction. The MSW’s curriculum is focused on advanced direct practice, with field placement opportunities available in a variety of community agencies throughout Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

 
Morgan State University (PU)

School of Social Work

Baltimore, Maryland

Website

Master’s in Social Work (online, on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $25,980 (in-state), $40,000 (online), $48,600 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $729 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program includes the completion of a comprehensive portfolio
  • Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University: Outstanding opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research on topics affecting the residents and schools of the Baltimore Metropolitan area
  • University boasts a racially and ethnically diverse student body

Morgan State University’s Master’s in Social Work really does offer everything you’d want in a social work graduate program: value, flexibility, and quality! Priced less than the state average, Morgan State’s MSW offers the best in affordability. And, thanks to the option of completing the program on-campus or online, you’ll never need to choose between your professional obligations and earning your MSW. In addition to a comprehensive curriculum and exciting field placement opportunities, you’ll complete a comprehensive portfolio as part of this program, thereby highlighting your many achievements. And because Morgan State has been designed as Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, you’ll have outstanding opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research on topics affecting the residents and schools of the Baltimore Metropolitan area.

Massachusetts

 
Salem State University (PU)

College of Health and Human Services

Salem, Massachusetts

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • School Adjustment Counselor

Estimated program cost: $16,454 (in-state), $19,696 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $7,983 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE/MAT required for applicants with an undergraduate degree of less than 3.0
  • Program is focused on integrated practice for health and behavioral health
  • Options to specialize through your choice of electives
  • Salem’s MSW was the first public social work program in Massachusetts
  • MSW has been ranked among the top 100 social work programs in the country and the highest ranked public program in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report

Salem State University’s Master of Social Work is far and away the best priced CSWE-accredited MSW in the state at nearly $8,000 below the average cost for similar programs at other public universities in the state. This comprehensive and rigorous MSW program, which is focused on integrated practice for health and behavioral health, features a flexible curriculum that can be customized through your choice of electives. This program is also available as a Saturday cohort program, designed to accommodate the needs of today’s busy professionals, and can be specialized with the School Adjustment Counselor concentration. Salem’s MSW is not your ordinary master’s degree in social work. It holds the distinction of being the first public social work program in Massachusetts and has been ranked among the top 100 social work programs in the country and the highest ranked public program in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report. Plus, you can be sure you’ll receive an outstanding practical education at Salem, thanks to strong relationships between the university and agencies and programs in the Greater Boston area and throughout Massachusetts.

 
Anna Maria College (PR)

Division of Advanced Studies

Paxton, Massachusetts

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Administration in Social Work
  • School Social Work
  • Teen Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Medical Social Work
  • Psychiatric Social Work
  • Child Welfare Services
  • Geriatrics
  • Hospice
  • Crisis Centers

Estimated program cost: $55,800

$9,837 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • MSW features a cohort model for the best in collaboration and communication with a group of like-minded peers
  • Classes are offered on the weeknights and weekends to accommodate the schedules of busy, working professionals
  • Program boasts a wide array of relevant specializations to personalize your MSW

Anna Maria College offers the best in affordability among private institutions, and its Master of Social Work program is no exception, as it is priced nearly $10,000 less than the state average for similar programs at private schools. The school’s MSW is its newest program, offered first in 2017 as a full- or part-time cohort model for the best in collaboration and communication. Classes here meet on weeknights and weekends to accommodate the needs of today’s busy, working professionals. You’ll benefit from this program’s generalist curriculum that features a variety of relevant specializations that allow you to personalize your MSW according to your personal and professional goals and interests. You’ll also enjoy the outstanding opportunities for practical, hands-on learning through a variety of field placements in central Massachusetts and beyond.

Michigan

 
Saginaw Valley State University (PU)

School of Social Work

University Center, Michigan

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $31,020-$32,148 (in-state), $59,070-$61,218 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $9,115-$10,243 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Exciting hands-on immersion experiences
  • Opportunities for study abroad, volunteer, and field-based experiences
  • Extensive alumni network throughout the U.S.

At about $10,000 less than the state average, Saginaw Valley State University’s Master of Social Work program provides students like you with an affordable path to your graduate degree in social work. But this comprehensive program offers much more than just value. Choose SVSU’s MSW program and you’ll be prepared at the graduate level as an advanced generalist, thereby allowing you to work in a variety of settings with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. You’ll also enjoy plenty of real world learning thanks to the program’s immersion experiences that feature participation in group activities with agencies, communities, and faculty. As a student of SVSU, you’ll have access to an esteemed faculty (86% of whom hold terminal degrees in their field), exciting study abroad opportunities, field-based opportunities and volunteer work, and an outstanding alumni network that has a strong presence throughout the U.S.

 
Spring Arbor University (PR)

Social Work Department

Spring Arbor, Michigan

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus*)

*Additional campus locations include:

  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo
  • Lansing
  • Metro Toledo
  • Petoskey

Estimated program cost: $35,220

$13,865 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Opportunities for outstanding experiential learning through internship placements during the first and second years of the program
  • Program curriculum features weekly evening classes and a cohort model designed for superb communication and collaboration
  • Program offered through several SAU Global sites in Michigan for the best in convenience and flexibility

Spring Arbor University’s Master of Social Work program, at nearly $14,000 less than the state average, is the affordable graduate program you’ve been looking for. And thanks to opportunities to complete an internship and clinical micro-concentration, you’ll enjoy a robust and comprehensive curriculum that’s designed to prepare you for a wide array of jobs in advanced social work practice with individuals, families, and small groups. You’ll also enjoy the flexibility this program provides, as you can complete your MSW at several SAU Global sites through a cohort model that features weekly evening classes. Plus, there are concurrent field practicum placements to ensure outstanding, hands-on learning. Within the clinical concentration, you’ll have the option of focusing on physical and mental health or social work supervision, management and administration to best personalize your degree based on your career goals.

Minnesota

 
St. Cloud State University (PU)

Department of Social Work

St. Cloud, Minnesota

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $16,440 (in-state), $23,896 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $11,680 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • On-campus program features evening classes for the best in flexibility for working professionals
  • Program boasts a superb, 3:1 student-to-faculty ratio for the best in collaboration and communication
  • Cloud ranked among Forbes ‘Top Colleges’ for student satisfaction, post-graduate success, low student debt, and high completion rate

St. Cloud State University’s Master of Social Work is the model of affordability, at nearly $12,000 less than the average social work master’s degree at other public universities in the state. This robust program, which is designed to prepare you as an advanced generalist capable of rising to the challenge of a variety of different jobs in social services settings, features both full- and part-time options and a small program atmosphere that promotes outstanding collaboration and communication between peers and instructors. Need a program that’s both flexible and convenient? Look to St. Cloud State University, which offers classes for its MSW on Wednesday and Thursday evenings to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals like you. Other reasons to consider St. Cloud for your MSW include an outstanding 3:1 student-to-faculty ratio and the fact that the program has earned itself a spot among Forbes ‘Top Colleges’ for student satisfaction, post-graduate success, low student debt, and high graduation rate.

 
Augsburg University (PR)

Social Work Department

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Multicultural Clinical Practice
  • Multicultural Macro Practice

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MBA

Estimated program cost: $41,419

$4,101 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program features small class sizes and a curriculum that includes classes on Friday evenings and Saturdays only
  • Both full- and part-time program available
  • Exciting short-term study abroad opportunities available in places like China, Slovenia, South Africa, Mexico, and India

Augsburg University’s Master of Social Work is the affordable social work master’s degree you’ve been looking for in a private institution! At more than $4,000 less than the state average for similar programs at private universities, this program offers plenty of bang for your buck, along with a comprehensive curriculum that builds on Augsburg’s 140-year history of service to the community. Aimed at adult learners like you, Augsburg’s MSW features part- and full-time options and evening classes held only on Friday evenings and Saturdays. This well-rounded program, which seamlessly combines social work theory, policy, practice methods, skills training, research and evaluation techniques, is offered in a small group setting of just 10-20 students, which promotes individualized attention from an esteemed faculty of internationally renowned researchers and educators. You’ll be able to personalize your MSW here through your choice of two concentrations and a variety of challenging field placements in both urban and rural settings. Plus, if you want to add a global element to your MSW, Augsburg offers a variety of short-term study abroad seminars in places like China, Slovenia, South Africa, Mexico, and India.

Mississippi

 
University of Mississippi (PU)

Department of Social Work

Oxford, Mississippi

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Clinical concentration

Estimated program cost: $15,288 (in-state), $43,824 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $3,373 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE
  • Opportunities to personalize the program’s clinical concentration through electives
  • MSW ranked among the top 100 MSW programs by U.S. News & World Report
  • Esteemed faculty of expert practitioners in areas of public welfare, child welfare, mental health, gerontology, and marital and family counseling

The University of Mississippi’s Master of Social Work features an outstanding value in graduate tuition and a truly comprehensive course of education designed to advance your skills in clinical social work. Thanks to this program’s relevant curriculum and outstanding opportunities for experiential learning, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to work in any number of clinical settings, such as health, mental health, aging, child welfare, and more. You’ll also be able to personalize your program through electives like leadership and administration, forensic social work with children, gerontological social work, and more. Choose the University of Mississippi for your social work master’s degree and you’ll be part of this university’s 170-year legacy of research, academia, and social change.

Missouri

 
University of Missouri (PU)

School of Social Work

Columbia, Missouri

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus)

  • Clinical Practice
  • Policy Planning and Administration in Human Services

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MPH
  • MSW/PhD

Estimated program cost: $15,404 (in-state), $38,272 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $6,270 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Personalized learning experience features your choice of two concentrations and the opportunity to further specialize your course of study within your chosen concentration through a personalized plan of study
  • Online MSW is offered in a fully asynchronous format that allows you to study whenever and wherever it’s most convenient
  • University of Missouri is just one of 60 universities in the nation invited to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities; universities chosen for their efforts to ‘continually advance society through education, research, and discovery’

The University of Missouri’s Master of Social Work offers the flexibility and affordability you need in a social work master’s degree. Priced at more than $6,000 less than the state average and offered in both an online and on-campus format, the University of Missouri’s MSW has everything you need to begin or advance your career in social work. In addition to a robust and comprehensive curriculum, you’ll enjoy an opportunity to personalize your MSW through your choice of two concentrations. You’ll even have the opportunity to create a plan of study within each concentration based on your individual interests and personal goals. If geographical limitations or time constraints make on-campus learning impossible, choose the online MSW, which features a fully online curriculum that’s delivered in an asynchronous format that allows you to study whenever and wherever it’s most convenient.

 
Park University (PR)

Parkville, Missouri

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Behavioral Health
    • Gerontological Social Work
    • Military Social Work
    • Social Work with Children and Families

Estimated program cost: $33,600

$16,960 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Park University’s MSW is just one of a few accredited programs in the nation to offer a concentration in behavioral health
  • Program features an Integrative Seminar Project that you’ll develop in collaboration with faculty and community agency partners

Coming in at nearly $17,000 less than the average for master’s degrees in social work through private universities in the state, Park University’s Master of Social Work is a true value in graduate education. But it’s robust curriculum, along with an option to choose an advanced concentration in behavioral health (one of just a few accredited programs in the nation to offer this concentration), makes Park University stand out from the competition. Choose this comprehensive program and you’ll complete classroom theory, exciting field experiences, and an individualized Integrative Seminar Project that you’ll develop in collaboration with faculty and community agency partners. You’ll also work alongside an outstanding faculty of experienced practitioners and researchers who are there to guide and mentor you along the way.

Montana

 
University of Montana (PU)

School of Social Work

Missoula, Montana

Website

Master of Social Work (hybrid)

Estimated program cost: $12,576 (in-state), $38,372 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Hybrid program incorporates online learning to decrease travel and classroom time
  • Program focused on the unique struggles rural communities face and the programs and services relevant to rural Montana, Rocky Mountain West, and beyond
  • Program boasts small class sizes and a dedicated and accomplished faculty

The University of Montana’s Master of Social Work is affordable, innovative, and robust, offering everything you’d want in a master’s program – and more! Choose the MSW program and you’ll enjoy a supportive learning environment marked by small class sizes, a dedicated and accomplished faculty of practitioners and researchers, and an emphasis on student-directed learning. You’ll also benefit from a curriculum focused on the unique struggles rural communities face and the programs and services relevant to rural Montana, Rocky Mountain West, and beyond. The MSW program through the University of Montana is designed to accommodate the needs of busy, working professionals like you, thanks a curriculum that combines on-campus and online courses to decrease travel and classroom time.

Nebraska

 
University of Nebraska at Omaha (PU)

Grace Abbott School of Social Work

Omaha, Nebraska

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus)

  • Managing Juvenile and Adult Population Certificate

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MPH
  • MSW/MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • MSW/MPA

Estimated program cost: $15,435 (in-state), $48,951 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Grace Abbott School of Social Work ranked among the nation’s ‘Best Grad Schools’ by U.S. News & World Report
  • Online program features an asynchronous format that allows you to study whenever and wherever it’s most convenient
  • Grad students here regularly engage with state lawmakers and government officials concerning issues of policy and advocacy

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Master of Social Work is everything you’d want in a social work master’s degree: affordable, convenient, and flexible! In addition to offering one of the most competitive tuition rates in the nation, this program offers adult learners like you plenty of options when it comes to program delivery. Choose the MSW here and you’ll be able to complete it entirely online through a convenient, asynchronous format that allows you to study on your own time or on a full- or part-time schedule at the UNO campus. The on-campus MSW also features a selection of online courses for the best in flexibility and convenience. The Grace Abbott School of Social Work, ranked among the nation’s ‘Best Grad Schools’ by U.S. News & World Report, offers outstanding opportunities to make a difference. In fact, many students regularly engage with state lawmakers and government officials concerning issues of policy and advocacy. Interested in taking your MSW to the next level? Consider adding the Managing Juvenile and Adult Population Certificate to your grad degree if you have an interest in working in the criminal justice system.

Nevada

 
University of Nevada Reno (PU)

Social Work Department

Reno, Nevada

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $16,988 (in-state), $45,932 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $410 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • University recognized as a National Tier 1 University by U.S. News & World Report
  • MSW now offered at the Redfield campus in Reno
  • Advanced generalist program specifically designed to address the complexities of Nevada’s unique urban and rural settings, including areas with limited resources

The University of Nevada Reno doesn’t just offer a competitively priced program, it offers a comprehensive course of study that’s designed to prepare you to become a competent and ethical advanced generalist social worker capable of working in complex environments and with diverse client groups. Offered at the university’s Redfield campus in Reno, as well as fully online for students with geographical limitations or professional obligations that hinder their ability to study on-campus, the MSW is designed to address the unique needs of residents in Nevada’s urban and rural areas, including places with limited resources. Need another reason to choose the University of Nevada Reno for your MSW? This university is a top public research university and is recognized as a National Tier 1 University by U.S. News & World Report.

New Hampshire

 
University of New Hampshire (PU)

College of Health and Human Services

Manchester, New Hampshire

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus*)

  • Health and Mental Health
  • Addictions and Substance Abuse
  • Children, Youth and Families
  • Disabilities
  • Graduate Certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

*Program also available at the Durham campus

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/JD
  • MSW/MS in Kinesiology

Estimated program cost: $27,680 (in-state), $47,740 (online), $54,260 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Options to specialize through your choice of electives or through a graduate certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Online MSW designed in a primarily-asynchronous format for the best in convenience and flexibility
  • Outstanding opportunities to work alongside the MSW faculty on research projects related to adventure therapy, child welfare, the elderly and elder abuse, interpersonal violence, and more

Whether in-person at the Durham or Manchester campus or fully online, the University of New Hampshire’s Master of Social Work is affordable, comprehensive, and flexible enough to suit working professionals like you! Designed as an advanced generalist program, the MSW through the University of New Hampshire will prepare you for a wide variety of careers in rural, suburban, and urban settings. As a student here, you’ll also have the opportunity to personalize your MSW by choosing among a host of electives in one of the following areas: health and mental health; addictions and substance abuse; children, youth and families; or disabilities. You’ll also have the opportunity to work alongside the esteemed faculty on a variety of research projects related to adventure therapy, child welfare, the elderly and elder abuse, interpersonal violence, and more. A traditional MSW is available at the Durham campus, while a part-time executive MSW is available at the Manchester campus, with classes meeting on Friday evenings and Saturdays. If geographical limitations or work obligations make studying on-campus difficult, choose the online MSW and you’ll be able to study on your own time and complete field internships in your community. Join the Students for Social Work group here and you’ll enjoy networking with professionals in the field, connecting with your peers, and participating in a variety of volunteer and educational events.

New Jersey

 
Kean University (PU)

Department of Graduate Social Work

Hillside, New Jersey

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $30,708 (in-state), $39,780 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $7,147 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Opportunities to make a difference through Kean’s Human Rights Institute, which offers a vast array of programs to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide
  • Outstanding opportunities for experiential learning
  • Program includes participation in extensive field experiences and research designed to advance the field
  • Outstanding support services through the Center for Academic Success include career development and advancement services, tutoring and learning support services, veterans affairs, and more

At more than $7,000 less than the state average, Kean University’s Master of Social Work offers a great value in graduate education. But this program offers much, much more, including a comprehensive curriculum that’s designed to prepare you for careers in a variety of settings and with a variety of populations. Choose Kean’s MSW and you’ll enjoy a comprehensive curriculum, the option of studying full- or part-time, and opportunities to engage in contemporary research, study abroad opportunities, and exciting internships. Among this university’s exceptional contributions is the Kean’s Human Rights Institute, which offers a vast array of programs to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide and inspire action. As a student here, you’ll also enjoy outstanding support services through the Center for Academic Success, which offers career development and advancement services, tutoring and learning support services, veterans affairs, and more.

 
Monmouth University (PR)

School of Social Work

West Long Branch, New Jersey

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Clinical Practice with Families and Children
  • International and Community Development
  • Social Work Certificate in Play Therapy (post-master’s)

Estimated program cost: $71,220

$2,160 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • MSW ranked among the nation’s Best Graduate Social Work Programs by U.S. News & World Report
  • Program boasts an esteemed faculty made up of experienced practitioners and accomplished scholars
  • Unique cohort model ensures outstanding collaboration and communication between students
  • Superb placement opportunities in PA, NJ, NYC, and abroad

Monmouth University’s Master of Social Work offers a competitive tuition rate, but that’s far from all you’ll get here. You’ll find options to specialize in families and children clinical work or international and community development… chances to explore a wide array of domestic and international field opportunities… and opportunities to learn from an esteemed faculty of experienced practitioners and accomplished scholars. Choose Monmouth’s MSW and you’ll enjoy the program’s unique cohort model that ensures outstanding collaboration and communication with a close-knit group of like-minded peers. Whether full-time or part-time, the MSW includes outstanding opportunities to gain practical experience with a wide array of human services agencies. In fact, the university works with more than 500 agencies and provides placements in PA, NJ, and NYC. And if international experience is what you crave, Monmouth offers internships abroad to locations like Vietnam, Costa Rica, Chile, Ireland, and Bangladesh.

New Mexico

 
New Mexico Highlands University (PU)

School of Social Work

Las Vegas, New Mexico

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus*)

  • Clinical Practice
  • Leadership and Administration
  • Bilingual/Bicultural (English/Spanish) Clinical Practice

*Additional off-campus locations include:

  • Rio Rancho/Albuquerque
  • Farmington
  • Roswell
  • Santa Fe

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MBA

Estimated program cost: $13,296 (in-state), $22,032 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $776 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • New Mexico Highlands is the only school in the country to offer an MSW program concentration in bilingual/bicultural clinical practice
  • Program offered at multiple off-campus locations, each of which is situated near one or more of the 19 Native American pueblos to ensure students have the opportunity to experience and practice social work in a Hispanic and Native American cultural context

With a total tuition that comes in below the state average for CSWE-accredited MSW programs, New Mexico Highlands University’s Master of Social Work offers an affordable path to your social work graduate degree. But it also offers a relevant and robust course of study that’s designed to propel your social work career and prepare you for clinical practice or administration in a variety of settings. In addition to offering a comprehensive foundational curriculum, the MSW allows you to specialize your program through your choice of three concentrations. New Mexico Highlands is the only school in the country to offer an MSW program concentration in bilingual/bicultural clinical practice! Choose this concentration and you’ll be prepared to effectively work with the Hispanic populations of New Mexico and the Southwest. The MSW can be completed on a full- or part-time basis and is offered at convenient off-campus locations throughout New Mexico. Each campus is ideally situated near one or more of the 19 Native American pueblos to ensure students have the opportunity to experience and practice social work within the Hispanic and Native American cultures.

 
New Mexico State University (PU)

School of Social Work

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Website

Master of Social Work (online, hybrid*)

*Program also available at the Albuquerque campus

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MPH

Estimated program cost: $12,984 (in-state), $45,256 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,088 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • New Mexico State has been recognized as a top-tier university by U.S. News & World Report
  • MSW designed as an advanced generalist program with a special emphasis on the cultural diversity of the Southwest
  • On-campus program offered at both the Las Cruces and Albuquerque campuses and features a blend of face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses
  • Annual practicum fair allows you to find a field placement that best aligns with your career goals

New Mexico State University is where you’ll find an affordable social work master’s degree program that will prepare you to become an advanced generalist, skilled in working with individuals, groups, families, neighborhoods, communities, organizations, and in public policy, all with a special emphasis on the cultural diversity of the Southwest. You’ll also appreciate this program’s flexible design, which offers the opportunity to complete it on a full-time basis, either on-campus or online, or on a part-time basis on-campus. The on-campus program, which is available at both the La Cruces and Albuquerque campuses, features a blend of online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses, while the online program features an innovative learning platform that allows you to complete the curriculum from the comfort of your home. Thanks to strong partnerships between the university and a wealth of agencies, you’ll complete exciting field experiences under the supervision of a social worker in the community. You’ll even have the opportunity to attend a Practicum Fair to help you find the field placement that best aligns with your career goals.

New York

 
University at Albany SUNY (PU)

School of Social Welfare

Albany, New York

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Clinical Practice
  • Organizational Management (MACRO)

Social Welfare Certificate Programs

  • Certificate in Women’s Studies
  • Certificate in Women in Public Policy
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Certificate in Health Disparities

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MA in Criminal Justice
  • MSW/JD

Estimated program cost: $26,160 (in-state), $45,300 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,119 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Esteemed faculty is ranked among the top 5% nationwide for its research productivity
  • Opportunities to study abroad, perform faculty-led research, and add a social welfare certificate program
  • Exciting field opportunities through one of the university’s hundreds of community partner agencies

The Master of Social Work at the SUNY University at Albany will not only provide you with a solid graduate education in social work that will prepare you for practice or administration in government agencies, hospitals, nonprofits, and private business, but it will do so without breaking the bank. Priced more than $1,000 less than the state average for public social work master’s programs, the MSW at the University at Albany is affordable and well-rounded, providing students like you with an education that includes the integration of evidence-based practice skills, cultural competence, and classroom theory. Through this program, you’ll be able to choose a focus in clinical practice or organizational management and apply your skills through exciting field experiences with one of the university’s hundreds of community partner agencies. You’ll also benefit from learning under an esteemed faculty that ranks in the top 5% nationwide for its research productivity, and you’ll even have the opportunity to study abroad and collaborate with faculty on relevant research yourself. Interested in adding another element to your MSW? Consider one of the many contemporary social welfare certificate programs offered here.

 
University at Buffalo SUNY (PU)

School of Social Work

Buffalo, New York

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus)

  • Graduate Certificate in Canadian Studies

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MPH
  • MSW/MBA
  • MSW/JD
  • MSW/PhD

Estimated program cost: $26,160 (in-state), $48,840 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,119 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • School of Social Work ranked among the nation’s ‘Best Grad Schools’ by U.S. News & World Report in 2019
  • Program designed with an emphasis on trauma-informed and human rights perspectives
  • Outstanding expanded learning opportunities include the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education and the NY Office of Mental Health and Deans’ Consortium Evidence-Based Project
  • Superb international field placement, study abroad, and international research opportunities available

The University at Buffalo’s Master of Social Work program has plenty to offer the aspiring social worker, including an outstanding value, flexible program formats, and the opportunity to personalize your graduate course of study. Designed with an emphasis on trauma-informed and human rights perspectives, the comprehensive MSW at the University at Buffalo is where you’ll gain unique insight on the most relevant issues facing this dynamic field of study. Choose the University at Buffalo for your MSW and you’ll be able to choose from a full-time or part-time format through a campus-based program or online program. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in outstanding expanded learning opportunities here, including the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education and the NY Office of Mental Health and Deans’ Consortium Evidence-Based Project and advance your studies by earning a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor designation or the Graduate Certificate in Canadian Studies. And if you’re interested in adding a global element to your MSW, the University at Buffalo has you covered there, too, thanks to a variety of international field placements, study abroad programs, and international research opportunities. Currently, the UB faculty are engaged in exciting research projects in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Tanzania!

 
Roberts Wesleyan College (PR)

Department of Social Work

Chili, New York

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Child and Family Services
  • Mental Health

Estimated program cost: $41,880

$18,635 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Exceptional field experiences available at the local, national, and international levels
  • Field education programs have extended to locales such as Costa Rica, Ireland, Israel, and Jamaica
  • Outstanding experiential learning opportunities available through the university’s Emergency Room Trauma Simulation Lab

Roberts Wesleyan College’s Master of Social Work is value epitomized, coming in at nearly $19,000 less than the state average for social work master’s degrees among private institutions. This MSW will prepare you to advance your social work practice on all levels without breaking the bank. Along with a Christian foundation, Roberts Wesleyan’s MSW offers a robust curriculum that can be personalized through your choice of a Child and Family or Mental Health concentration. You’ll also have opportunities for exceptional field experiences with local, national and international placements. Students here have enjoyed field education programs with national organizations and in international settings like Costa Rica, Ireland, Israel, and Jamaica. As a student here, you’ll even be able to fine tune your crisis intervention skills through the university’s Emergency Room Trauma Simulation Lab. Choose Roberts Wesleyan’s MSW and you’ll enjoy late afternoon and evening classes, small class sizes, and personalized academic advisement.

North Carolina

 
Fayetteville State University (PU)

School of Social Work

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Military Behavioral Health Graduate Certificate
  • Substance Abuse Studies Graduate Certificate
  • Advanced Clinical Practice Graduate Certificate

Estimated program cost: $6,874(in-state), $29,006 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $5,666 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE; waived for applicants with master’s degrees
  • University ranked first in the nation for veterans by College Factual
  • Program first of its kind in the country to collaborate with the U.S. Army to offer a master’s degree in social work to active duty soldiers
  • Graduate certificates provide opportunities to specialize MSW

Fayetteville State University is the affordable path to the Master of Social Work, designed to prepare you for advanced social work practice and leadership. But that’s not all—this program is the first in the country to collaborate with the U.S. Army to offer a master’s degree in social work to active duty soldiers! It’s little wonder, then, why Fayetteville State is widely recognized as a top university for veterans. All social work students in this program develop an understanding of the unique needs of service members, citizen soldiers, veterans, and their families. For students who want to take their MSW to the next level, Fayetteville State also offers graduate certificates in Military Behavioral Health, Advanced Clinical Practice, and Substance Abuse Studies that can be completed alongside the MSW. For the best in flexibility, Fayetteville State offers a full-time and weekend/part-time MSW.

North Dakota

 
University of North Dakota (PU)

Department of Social Work

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Website

Master of Social Work (online, on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $19,394 (in-state), $28,838 (MN), $27,622 (contiguous), $46,870 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • UND ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Colleges’
  • Program available either full- or part-time
  • Innovative online program features interactive ‘live’ classroom lectures and select on-campus visits to complete classroom lectures and hands-on labs and simulations and to connect you with peers and faculty
  • 93% of all UND graduates are either employed or continuing their education
The University of North Dakota’s Master of Social Work offers up the best in affordability, whether you’re looking for an online or on-campus program. Designed to prepare you as an advanced generalist, the MSW at the University of North Dakota will prepare you for all practice settings, including clinical social work. Choose this graduate course of study in social work and you’ll have the option of completing it full- or part-time at the Grand Forks campus or online, from the comfort of your home. The online program requires select on-campus visits to complete traditional classroom lectures and hands-on labs and simulations, and to give you a chance to connect with your peers and faculty. Otherwise, you’ll participate in ‘live’ class lectures, discussions, and chat sessions that are usually held in the evenings. Can’t attend a live class? No problem! All lectures are recorded for viewing at your leisure. Want another reason to consider UND for your social work master’s degree? This university is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Colleges,’ and 93% of graduates here are either employed or continuing their education.

Ohio

 
Ohio University (PU)

Department of Social and Public Health

Athens, Ohio

Website

Master of Social Work (hybrid, online)

  • Rural Families and Communities
 

Estimated program cost: $16,376 (in-state), $34,872 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $8,639 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE required for applicants with an undergraduate degree of 3.0 or less
  • Ohio University ranks among the ‘Best Grad Schools’ for Social Work in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Hybrid program includes online instruction and just one on-campus requirement per week
  • University ranked 21st among public college and university ‘Best Buys’ by Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018

Whether on-campus or online, Ohio University’s Master of Social Work is where you’ll gain the advanced skills you need to become a leader as a clinical social worker – all at an incredible value. In fact, Ohio University’s MSW comes in at nearly $9,000 less than the state average for social work master’s degrees offered at public universities! Choose the hybrid program and you’ll enjoy a flexible program schedule that includes meeting face-to-face just one day a week, with the remainder completed through online instruction. Or choose the fully online program and you’ll have the opportunity to complete all coursework from the comfort of your home. Whichever program you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to complete it on a full-time or part-time basis (three or four years). The MSW features an integrated focus on clinical practice and includes a two-course research sequence and a final, integrative seminar. This clinical concentration examines both meso and macro practice issues and the practice of clinical social work in a rural environment.

Oklahoma

 
University of Oklahoma (PU)

Zarrow School of Social Work

Norman, Oklahoma

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, hybrid)

  • Direct Practice (emphasis with individuals, families, and small groups)
  • Administration and Community Practice (emphasis with larger groups, organizations, and communities)

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MPH
  • MSW/MA in International Studies
  • MSW/Generic Dual Degree

Estimated program cost: $14,160 (in-state), $36,600 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program offered in a part-time, hybrid format features Saturday only classes supplemented with online instruction
  • Outstanding opportunities for experiential learning include the International Child Welfare Exchange program, the Knee Center for Strong Families, the Center for Social Work in Healthcare, and the Center for Child Welfare Training & Simulation

The University of Oklahoma’s Master of Social Work offers the value you’re looking for and the quality you demand. In addition to a solid generalist foundation, this program offers opportunities for personalization through your choice of two concentrations. Plus, depending on your professional and personal obligations, you can complete the MSW either on-campus or through a hybrid format that’s completed on a part-time basis, with Saturday classes complemented with online instruction. Outside of the classroom, the Zarrow School of Social Work has plenty to offer aspiring social workers like you, including an opportunity to work in the International Child Welfare Exchange Program, an annual, weeklong exchange course with Hebrew University and the Haruv Institute in Israel that features simulations related to child abuse and neglect. Other projects offered to MSW students at the University of Oklahoma include the Knee Center for Strong Families, the Center for Social Work in Healthcare, and the Center for Child Welfare Training & Simulation.

Oregon

 
Portland State University (PU)

School of Social Work

Portland, Oregon

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Clinical Social Work Practice
  • Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations
  • Social Work with Children, Youth and Families
  • Health Across the Lifespan
  • School Social Work Licensure Track
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Master of Social Work (off-campus sites in Medford, Bend, Eugene, and Salem)

  • Clinical Social Work Practice

Master of Social Work (online)

  • Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations
  • Health Across the Lifespan

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MPH

Estimated program cost: $26,532 (in-state), $58,988 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • School of Social Work has been ranked in the top 20% in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Portland State’s School of Social Work is the oldest, largest, and only public social work higher education program in the state
  • Outstanding options for program personalization

Portland State University’s Master of Social Work is affordable and academically rigorous! In fact, the School of Social Work here is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and is the only public MSW degree in Oregon that’s accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. This comprehensive graduate degree can be completed part-time or full-time in Portland, Medford, Bend, Eugene, Salem, or completely online for the best in flexibility and convenience! Thanks to a generalist curriculum, you’ll be prepared to assume leadership positions in a range of human service organizations and with diverse communities. You’ll also have the opportunity to select an advanced year concentration, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, or School Social Work licensure track as a way to personalize your MSW to suit your professional goals. If geographic limitations or personal obligations limit your ability to study on-campus, Portland State also offers the online MSW, which features a three-year course of study that’s completed through a cohort model. Choose the MSW at Portland State and you’ll be part of the oldest, largest, and only public social work higher education program in the state!

 
George Fox University (PR)

School of Social Work

Newberg, Oregon

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Direct Practice with Families, Children, Individuals, and Groups
  • Community Practice (Organizations and Development)

Estimated program cost: $42,780

$1,266 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • University recognized among the ‘Best Colleges for Your Money’ by Money magazine in 2017-18
  • University ranked among the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes
  • Ranked among the ‘Best Regional Universities’ in the West by U.S. News & World Report

George Fox University’s Master of Social Work is affordable, at more than $1,200 less than the average cost for social work programs at private institutions in Oregon. In fact, Money magazine recognized this university among its ‘Best Colleges for Your Money’ list in 2017-18. But it’s also comprehensive and relevant, providing you with an outstanding graduate education designed to prepare you for professional practice. While the program’s foundation year will prepare you for generalist social work practice, the second year will allow you to gain advanced skills in either direct practice or community practice. Choose George Fox’s MSW and you’ll complete your classroom requirements at the Portland Center. Need another reason to go with George Fox University? It’s been ranked among the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes, and it holds a position among the ‘Best Regional Universities’ in the West by U.S. News & World Report.

Pennsylvania

 
California University of Pennsylvania (PU)

College of Education and Human Services

California, Pennsylvania

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $29,412 (in-state), $44,118 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $2,767 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program places an emphasis on improving the quality of life of the at-risk rural population in the Pennsylvania region
  • Outstanding record of graduate success: 100% employment rate among MSW graduates
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities available in locations like Germany, Israel, and Jamaica

At nearly $3,000 less than the state average, California University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Social Work is a true value in graduate education. But that’s not all. This program’s relevant and comprehensive curriculum is designed to prepare you to work with individuals, families, small groups, communities, and organizations, with a special emphasis on improving the quality of life of the at-risk rural population in the Pennsylvania region. This advanced generalist program specialization with a rural focus comes complete with a robust curriculum that prepares you for all levels of practice… opportunities to participate in social work research projects…. and a chance to work alongside social work faculty on grant-funded projects. You’ll feel confident choosing this program, thanks to its longstanding record of graduate success. In fact, 100% of all MSW grads are employed at graduation! Other reasons you’ll love this program include a very active Graduate Social Work Student Association and a host of study abroad opportunities in countries like Israel, Germany, and Jamaica.

 
Carlow University (PR)

College of Leadership and Social Change

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • One-on-One: The Direct Practice
  • Policy and Society: The Macro Practice

Estimated program cost: $51,000

$12,519 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program is one of just a few in the Pennsylvania region that allows students to take classes on a low-residency and part-time basis
  • Outstanding faculty of active practitioners and scholars
  • Exciting field opportunities with major Pittsburgh organizations like UPMC, Allegheny Health Network, Jewish Family Services, and the Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Carlow University’s Master of Social Work is a true value in graduate education, boasting a total program cost that’s nearly $13,000 less than the state average for similar programs at private universities! But that’s not all this program has to offer. Choose Carlow’s MSW and you’ll complete a program that’s based on the principles of evidence-based social work, interdisciplinary teamwork, and collaboration. Plus, this trauma-informed graduate program is one of the few in the Pennsylvania region that allows students to take classes on a low-residency and part-time basis. As a student here, you’ll benefit from a world-class faculty who are active practitioners and scholars in the discipline, and you’ll have the opportunity to specialize your course of study by choosing either a direct practice or macro practice concentration. You’ll enjoy outstanding field placements with top Pittsburgh organizations like UPMC, Allegheny Health Network, Jewish Family Services, and the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, and you’ll have ample opportunities to take part in a variety of community outreach, volunteer, and service programs through Carlow’s Office for Mercy Service.

Puerto Rico

 
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus (PU)

Graduate School of Social Work

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $7,398 (in-state); out-of-state residents pay a tuition equal to the out-of-state tuition costs of their state university

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Offered as both a part- and full-time program
  • Unique collaboration with the School of Social Work of the University of Connecticut allows students here to attend lectures and visit agencies, community-based organizations, and academic centers in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts that offer services to the Latin communities
  • Outstanding opportunities for community involvement and experiential learning through the Federation of Social Work Students

In terms of value, the University of Puerto Rico’s Master of Social Work can’t be beat. And in terms of academic quality, this program also comes out on top. Offered as both a full-time and part-time program, the MSW offers a comprehensive curriculum that’s specifically designed to meet the needs of Puerto Ricans and Latinos. This program is supported by a unique exchange program with the School of Social Work of the University of Connecticut that allows students here to attend lectures and visit agencies, community-based organizations, and academic centers in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts that offer services to the Latin communities. Plus, as a student here, you can take advantage of unique opportunities offered through the Federation of Social Work Students, a student organization that’s based on the ethical principles of the social work profession.

 
Universidad del Este (PR)

School of Social and Human Sciences

Carolina, Puerto Rico

Website

Master’s in Social Work (on-campus*)

  • Clinical Social Work

*Additional off-campus locations include:

  • Yauco
  • Cabo Rojo
  • Barceloneta
  • Arecibo
  • Santa Isabel

Estimated program cost: $11,934

$1,510 less than the territory average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program designed to address social and economic equity and justice and the well-being of human and social systems.
  • Convenient off-campus locations available

The Universidad del Este (Eastern University) is where you’ll achieve a graduate education in social work that’s based on the principles of social and economic equity and justice and the well-being of human and social systems. With a specialization in clinical social work, the Universidad del Estate will prepare you to become a clinical social worker capable of leadership positions in organizations working with a variety of populations. Choose the Universidad del Este for your master’s degree in social work and you’ll have the flexibility of being able to complete courses at the university’s main campus in Carolina or at one of the five additional locations in Yauco, Cabo Rojo, Barceloneta, Arecibo, and Santa Isabel.

 
Inter-American University of Puerto Rico (Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico), Recinto Metropolitano (PR)

School of Social Work

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Website

Mastery in Social Work (on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $11,660

$1,784 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Esteemed university has been preparing students in all branches of social work for more than 100 years
  • University has historically served as a cultural bridge between North America and Latin America

Priced at about $1,800 less than the average CSWE-accredited master’s in Puerto Rico, the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico’s Mastery in Social Work is an affordable path to advanced social work practice and administration. It’s also part of an esteemed institution of higher education that’s prepared students in all branches of social work for more than 100 years while serving as a cultural bridge between North America and Latin America. Choose Inter-American University for your social work master’s degree and you’ll be part of a robust student population of more than 40,000 students – nearly 21% of the university population in Puerto Rico.

Rhode Island

 
Rhode Island College (PU)

School of Social Work

Providence, Rhode Island

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Clinical
  • Macro (policy and administration)

Estimated program cost: $25,234 (in-state), $49,104 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 14:1
  • Extensive alumni network of more than 64,000
  • Outstanding study abroad opportunities available for a semester, year, summer or January term

Whether full-time or part-time, Rhode Island College’s Master of Social Work program is where you’ll achieve a robust and relevant master’s degree in social work that features outstanding opportunities for experiential learning and the option to personalize your degree in either clinical practice or administration and policy. With a generalist social practice framework as its foundation, the MSW prepares students to use a variety of theories, skills, and methods in assessment, evaluation and intervention. Student support is emphasized here, allowing you to benefit from the college’s unique programs like OASIS, which helps students thrive academically and prepares them for life beyond college, and SAILS (Student Assistance and Intervention for Learning Success), which is designed to promote student academic success. Choose Rhode Island College for your MSW and you’ll enjoy an intimate learning environment achieved through faculty dedication and a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 14:1.

South Carolina

 
University of South Carolina (PU)

College of Social Work

Columbia, South Carolina

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus*)

  • Drug and Addiction Studies Certificate of Graduate Study
  • Gerontology Certificate of Graduate Study

*Additional locations in Greenville, Charleston, and South Korea

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MPH in Health Services Policy and Management
  • MSW/MPH in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
  • MSW/JD

Estimated program cost: $27,300 (in-state), $58,392 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,516 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0
  • Outstanding opportunities for international learning and field work through the university’s customized international field placement program
  • Superb field placement experiences supported by the university’s partnerships with more than 400 organizations in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia

The University of South Carolina’s Master of Social Work is an affordable program (about $1,500 less than the state average) that’s all about flexibility for adult learners like you. Choose from a two-year full-time program in Columbia, a three-year part-time program in Columbia, Greenville, or Charleston, and even a part-time program in South Korea – the choice is yours! Choose the University of South Carolina for your MSW and you’ll enjoy outstanding field placement experiences, thanks to the university’s partnerships with more than 400 organizations in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. The university also offers a number of exciting international field placement opportunities through its customized international field placement program. Want to add another dimension to your MSW? Consider one of the College of Social Work’s graduate certificate programs that provide you with an opportunity for in-depth study in either drug and addiction studies or gerontology.

South Dakota

 
University of South Dakota (PU)

Department of Social Work

Vermillion, South Dakota

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, online)

Estimated program cost: $19,560 (in-state), $37,560 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Program emphasizes advanced generalist social work in diverse communities, particularly South Dakota and the surrounding regions
  • Outstanding opportunities for student engagement through participation in a number of activities and organizations, including the Social Work Student Association

Whether on-campus or online, the University of South Dakota’s Master of Social Work is a picture of value and academic excellence. This comprehensive program, which is designed to prepare you to provide advanced generalist social work in diverse communities, has a distinct emphasis on effectively meeting the needs of South Dakota and the surrounding regions. Choose the on-campus MSW and you’ll learn in an engaging classroom environment that encourages participation through group work and role-playing exercises. Or choose the online MSW and you’ll learn through a dynamic online environment that features the same, rigorous curriculum as the on-campus program. As a student here, you’ll enjoy an engaging student experience, thanks to participation in a number of activities and organizations, including the Social Work Student Association.

Tennessee

 
University of Memphis (PU)

School of Social Work

Memphis, Tennessee

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Advanced Practice with Children, Youth & Families
  • Advanced Practice with Adults & Families

Master of Social Work (extended study at the Lambuth campus)

  • Advanced Practice with Children, Youth & Families

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MS in Special Education/Applied Behavior Analysis
  • MSW/MPH

Estimated program cost: $22,410 (in-state), $41,660 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $8,520 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE
  • Part-time program available at the Lambuth campus
  • Outstanding opportunities for student engagement through the university’s Graduate Organization of Social Work (GO!SW)

The University of Memphis understands that a quality master’s degree doesn’t need to break the bank. Case in point: Its Master of Social Work program costs nearly $9,000 less than other CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public universities in the state! Although affordable, this program is not short on academic rigor, thanks to a comprehensive curriculum that’s focused on the practice of social work at the micro and macro levels. Choose the University of Memphis’ MSW and you’ll be able to study on a full- or part-time schedule and personalize your degree through your choice of two specializations. You’ll also be able to further focus your MSW by taking a special topics elective in social work (study any topic of contemporary interest in social work) and collaborate and connect with peers and industry practitioners through the university’s Graduate Organization of Social Work (GO!SW).

 
Union University (PR)

School of Social Work

Jackson, Tennessee

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/MBA
  • MSW/Master of Christian Studies

Estimated program cost: $33,600

$2,262 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Union University has earned the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America’s communities
  • Outstanding faculty of active practitioners, researchers, and scholars
  • International study experiences available, including international mission efforts

Union University’s Master of Social Work, at about $2,000 less than the state average for social work master’s programs through private universities, is a true value in graduate education. It’s also where you’ll learn from an esteemed faculty of active practitioners, researchers, and scholars who are there to provide you with a truly collaborative, individualized education. Students here are encouraged to participate in a variety of field learning experiences, including international study. In fact, faculty and students often team up for U.S. and international mission efforts. For nine years in a row, Union University has earned the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America’s communities. You’ll also have outstanding service-learning opportunities through the Center for Just and Caring Communities, a university center created to conduct research and promote community service projects.

Texas

 
University of Texas at Arlington (PU)

School of Social Work

Arlington, Texas

Website

Master of Social Work (Online Cohort)

  • Direct Practice (Micro Social Work)
    • Direct Practice with Aging Services
    • Direct Practice with Children and Families
    • Direct Practice with Mental Health Services

Master of Social Work (hybrid cohort)

  • Direct Practice (Micro Social Work)
    • Direct Practice with Children and Families
    • Direct Practice with Health Services
    • Direct Practice with Mental Health Services
  • Community and Administrative Practice (Macro Social Work)

Master of Social Work (Fort Worth cohort)

  • Direct Practice (Micro Social Work)
    • Direct Practice with Children and Families

Master of Social Work (online cohort)

  • Direct Practice (Micro Social Work)
    • Direct Practice with Children and Families
    • Direct Practice with Mental Health Services

Master of Social Work (on-campus traditional)

  • Direct Practice (Micro Social Work)
    • Direct Practice with Children and Families
    • Direct Practice with Mental Health Services

Dual Degree Options

  • MSW/Master of City and Regional Planning
  • MSW/MPH
  • MSW/MA in Urban Affairs
  • MSW/MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • MSW/MA in Sociology
  • MSW/MBA

Estimated program cost: $10,752 (in-state), $35,652 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $7,636 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE
  • UT Arlington School of Social Work is ranked among the top graduate schools nationally
  • Internationally recognized faculty of scholars and researchers
  • Outstanding program delivery options for the best in flexibility and convenience

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Master of Social Work is where you’ll find an outstanding graduate program and an incredible value. Priced nearly $8,000 less than the stage average for CSWE-accredited master’s degree programs in social work at public universities, this program is value epitomized. But it’s also academically comprehensive and complete. In fact, the UT Arlington School of Social Work is ranked among the top graduate schools nationally. Choose the MSW here and you’ll learn from an internationally recognized faculty of scholars and researchers while you enjoy your choice of flexible program formats that include online and on-campus options. This program is designed to allow you to pace your study, whether on a full- or part-time basis. Arguably one of the most versatile master’s degrees in social work, the MSW through UT Arlington offers a wide array of concentration options designed to prepare you for a career in practice, program administration, research, education, and consulting.

 
Our Lady of the Lake University (PR)

Worden School of Social Service

San Antonio, Texas

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, online, hybrid*)

  • Services to Hispanic Children and Families

*Offered through the Rio Grande Valley campus

Estimated program cost: $51,699

$29,529 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Established Worden School of Social Service was the first school of social work in Texas
  • OLLU named among the top regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 Best Colleges list

If you’re looking for an outstanding value in private education, look no further than Our Lady of the Lake University, which offers the Master of Social Work program at nearly $30,000 less than the state average for similar accredited programs at private universities. This program also has plenty more to offer, especially when it comes to convenience and accessibility: part- or full-time option, an on-campus program in San Antonio, a hybrid format at the Rio Grande Valley campus, or a fully online program if geographical limitations or professional obligations make it difficult for you to commute to one of the campus locations. You’ll also enjoy outstanding field experiences here, thanks to the many established partnerships between the Worden School of Social Service and public and private social service agencies.

Utah

 
Utah State University (PU)

Department of Social Work, Sociology, and Anthropology

Logan, Utah

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus*)

*part-time program also offered at regional campusesthroughout the state.

Estimated program cost: $14,968 (in-state), $52,388 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $6,417 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Ranked fifth on the ‘National Universities Rankings 2017’ list published by Washington Monthly
  • Ranked second in the nation among ‘America’s Best Value Colleges’ by Forbes in 2017
  • Outstanding opportunities for experiential learning include the Transforming Communities Initiatives – a community-based research initiative that partners with local and statewide human service agencies

Searching for an affordable path to the Master of Social Work? Look no further than Utah State University’s Master of Social Work, which comes in at more than $6,000 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited MSW programs at public universities! This advanced generalist program can be customized through your choice of electives, including Advanced Child Welfare practice, Advanced Practice with Victims and Perpetrators of Family Violence, Social Work Practice with Substance Abusing Clients, and Forensic Social Work Practice. You’ll also enjoy outstanding field experiences and opportunities for community service work through the university’s Transforming Communities Initiatives – a community-based research initiative that partners with local and statewide human service agencies.

 
Brigham Young University (PR)

College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Provo, Utah

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Clinical emphasis
  • Research emphasis

Estimated program cost: $14,160 (LDS members), $28,320 (non-LDS members)

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Outstanding learning environment features a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio and the completion of a master’s research project
  • BYU is renowned for its high-quality, historically paid, clinically focused field internships
  • Opportunities for valuable experiential learning through BYU’s Comprehensive Clinic
  • Superb 92% post-graduation employment rate

An outstanding value, combined with an impressive 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio, a 92% post-graduation employment rate, and a robust curriculum featuring clinical practice and research emphases, are the hallmarks of Brigham Young University’s esteemed Master of Social Work program. Choose the MSW here and you’ll be part of a highly selective graduate program that features small class sizes, superb opportunities for field experiences, and the completion of a master’s research project. BYU is renowned for its high-quality, historically paid, clinically focused field internships. Students here are also able to gain valuable exposure to the field through BYU’s Comprehensive Clinic.

Vermont

 
Norfolk State University (PU)

Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work

Norfolk, Virginia

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

  • Clinical
    • Military Social Work
    • School Social Work
    • Child Welfare

Estimated program cost: $16,796 (in-state), $40,340 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $6,098 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Clinically focused program prepares students to assume clinical positions in mental health, hospital, social services, school, court, corrections, and geriatric settings
  • University features the Child Welfare Stipend Program, which awards stipends (equal to full-time in-state graduate tuition) to graduate students in their advanced year

Norfolk State University’s Master of Social Work program is a truly affordable graduate program that’s priced $6,000 less than the state average! Choose the MSW program here and you’ll complete a clinically focused course of graduate education that features an emphasis on effective interventions in mental health, hospital, social services, school, court, corrections, and geriatric care settings. As an MSW student, you may also qualify for the university’s Child Welfare Stipend Program – a partnership between the Virginia Department of Social Services and four universities in Virginia, including Norfolk State University, which awards stipends (equal to full-time in-state graduate tuition) to grad students in their advanced year.

Virginia

 
Radford University (PU)

College of Graduate Studies and Research

Radford, Virginia

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Master of Social Work (hybrid, Roanoke campus)  

Estimated program cost: $16,672 (in-state), $34,882 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $6,222 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • University consistently recognized among the ‘Best Colleges and Universities in the Southeast’ by the Princeton Review
  • University Consistently recognized among the ‘Best Regional Universities’ in the South by U.S. News & World Report
  • University consistently named among Washington Monthly’s ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ Universities
  • Choose a focus on rural or urban clinical practice

With a program cost that’s more than $6,000 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited MSW programs at public universities, Radford University’s Master of Social Work is a model of value. But this program is also comprehensive and academically rigorous, providing students like you with the opportunity to complete an advanced course of study in community-based family practice. Because of the university’s location in rural Appalachia, your coursework and field experiences will be focused on rural practice. Or, if you’d like to focus your MSW on urban settings, Radford also offers a selection of field placements in Roanoke. Whether you choose to complete the MSW on a full- or part-time basis, you’ll enjoy learning alongside a world-class faculty who have extensive experience in the field.

 
University of Vermont (PU)

Department of Social Work

Burlington, Vermont

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $38,760 (in-state), $78,240 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE optional
  • Advanced coursework focused on transformative social work
  • Superb opportunities for work in rural settings, including small grass roots organizations
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty have expertise in a wide range of areas

The University of Vermont’s Master of Social Work, with a focus on transformative social work, is affordable, comprehensive, and rigorous, featuring a curriculum and practical experiences related to human rights and justice and social constructionism. Keeping with Vermont’s largely rural setting, students here enjoy field experiences with small grass roots organizations, along with more traditional state human services and private nonprofit agencies. As a student here, you’ll benefit from small class sizes and a dedicated faculty who work closely with students on research and community projects. The nationally and internationally recognized faculty of the University of Vermont has expertise in a wide range of areas, such as child welfare, aging, human rights, international social work, and more.

Washington

 
Eastern Washington University (PU)

School of Social Work

Cheney, Washington

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Master of Social Work (hybrid)

  • Everett (part-time)
  • Vancouver (part-time)
  • Eastern Washington (part-time weekend)

Estimated program cost: $22,878 (in-state), $53,100 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $6,734 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Recipient of the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award
  • Outstanding alumni network works with the university’s Social Work Advisory Board to ensure that the school’s curriculum continues to be relevant and in line with today’s most pressing social challenges

Eastern Washington University’s Master of Social Work is tops when it comes to value, at nearly $7,000 less than the average for CSWE-accredited MSW programs at public universities in the state. But its benefits extend beyond affordability. Choose the MSW here and you’ll enjoy a comprehensive curriculum, outstanding agency-based internships, and a vast alumni network of social work practitioners, administrators, leaders, and writers. Alumni also partner with the university’s Social Work Advisory Board to ensure that the school’s curriculum continues to be relevant and in line with today’s most pressing social challenges. Want another reason to put EWU at the top of your list? It earned the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, a national honor recognizing colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

 
Seattle University (PR)

College of Arts and Sciences

Seattle, Washington

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $30,090

$7,857 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at private schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: GRE may be substituted for applicants with undergraduate degrees from non-graded institutions
  • Cohort model features a close-knit learning environment and close collaboration and communication with like-minded peers
  • Opportunities to specialize through your choice of advanced electives and practicum sites
  • University ranked among the Top 10 best regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report for 2019
At nearly $8,000 less than the state average for social work master’s degree programs with CSWE accreditation offered at private institutions, the MSW at Seattle University is an affordable path to becoming a licensed social worker. This robust program, designed to prepare you for advanced clinical social work practice, features a unique cohort model that ensures outstanding collaboration and communication in a close-knit learning environment. After the first year of foundational coursework, you’ll be able to personalize your course of study through your choice of electives and field practicum. This outstanding course of graduate education has earned a number of accolades, including a spot among the West’s best regional universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2019.

West Virginia

 
Marshall University (PU)

Department of Social Work

Huntington, West Virginia

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, hybrid*)

  • Integrated Behavioral Health
    • Rural and Underserved Populations
    • Military Veterans/Military Families

*hybrid program offered at off-site locations in South Charleston and Pt. Pleasant

Estimated program cost: $14,660 (in-state), $38,456 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,128 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Marshall University ranked among the ‘Best Colleges 2019’ by U.S. News & World Report
  • Internships offered through the Marshall University School of Medicine’s Rural Health Initiative—primary care physicians working with underserved populations experiencing multiple chronic conditions

Marshall University’s Master of Social Work provides you with everything you’d want in a social work master’s degree! Priced more than $1,000 less than the average for CSWE-accredited MSW programs at public universities in the state, this program clearly offers a great value. But this program, new to the Department of Social Work in Fall 2016, also offers a comprehensive course of graduate education designed to prepare you for advanced practice in behavioral health and the option to customize the curriculum by choosing a concentration in rural and underserved families or military veterans/military families. This flexible program is offered on-campus in Huntington and through a hybrid format in South Charleston and Pt. Pleasant. Full- and part-time formats and evening classes make this program a convenient and flexible course of study. Plus, as a student here, you’ll have opportunities to complete exciting internships through the Marshall University School of Medicine Rural Health Initiative, involving primary care physicians who work with underserved populations suffering from multiple chronic conditions.

Wisconsin

 
University of Wisconsin Green Bay (PU)

Professional Program in Social Work

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Website

Master of Social Work (hybrid)

Estimated program cost: $18,870 (in-state), $37,372 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $6,117 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs at public schools.

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Opportunities to personalize your MSW through the identification and development of an Individualized Area of Emphasis
  • Program features a unique cohort design for outstanding collaboration and communication between peers of like-minded students
  • Combination of on-campus, hybrid, and online courses ensure the best in flexibility and convenience
  • Outstanding 96% post-graduate success rate

The MSW program at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay isn’t just a great value in graduate-level education, it’s also where you’ll gain the advanced knowledge and skills needed to assume any number of positions in social work, including roles in leadership. With an emphasis on multi-cultural practice, social justice, leadership and advocacy, the MSW is an advanced generalist program that also allows you to identify and develop an Individualized Area of Emphasis that best aligns with your career goals. The cohort model of this program ensures close collaboration and communication with peers and encourages outstanding faculty-to-student relationships. Best of all, online, on-campus, and hybrid courses ensure the best in flexibility and convenience. Want another reason to consider the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for your MSW? This program boasts an outstanding 96% post-graduate success rate.

Wyoming

 
University of Wyoming (PU)

Division of Social Work

Website

Master of Social Work (on-campus, hybrid*)

  • School Social Work Graduate Certificate (for current MSW students)
  • School Social Work Graduate Preparatory Certificate (for individuals with an MSW)
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate

*Hybrid program available at a number of offsite learning centersthroughout Wyoming.

Estimated program cost: $9,396 (in-state), $28,080 (out-of-state)

  • Admission exam requirement: none
  • Offers one of the lowest graduate tuition rates in the nation
  • Hybrid program available at a number of offsite learning centers throughout Wyoming
  • Program features a student-centered faculty and small class sizes

As one of the most affordable CSWE-accredited social work master’s degree programs in the nation, the University of Wisconsin’s Master of Social Work is renowned for its value. But this program also has plenty more to offer, including a world-class, supportive faculty… small class sizes for a more personalized education…and fantastic networking opportunities with social work professionals throughout the state. While the MSW is offered on-campus in Laramie, for students with geographical limitations, the program is also offered at a number of outreach regional centers throughout Wyoming in a hybrid format. Academic coordinators at each center provide academic advising and guidance at these outreach regional centers, and five intensive weekends each semester at the Laramie campus give students the opportunity to interact with their peers and instructors to facilitate the interpersonal learning experience.