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Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Work

22,681 Yearly Graduations
$31,000 Median Salary
$25,000 Median Debt
There are 600 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in social work. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 47% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.9% of social work graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Social Work Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 22,681 students earned their bachelor's degree in social work. This makes it the 24th most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in social work at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 31,270
Bachelor’s Degree 22,681
Associate’s Degree 1,741
Doctor’s Degree 579
Basic Certificate 545
Graduate Certificate 455
Undergraduate Certificate 228

Earnings of Social Work Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in social work is $31,000. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $28,600 to a high of $33,100.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in social work is $25,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $27,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $21,268.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $259.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in social work. About 88.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,641
Women 20,040
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Social Work

The racial-ethnic distribution of social work bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 562
Black or African American 4,555
Hispanic or Latino 4,499
White 11,355
International Students 211
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,499
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Social Work Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 600 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in social work. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
234 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for social work majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Roughly 96,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 234 bachelor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Grand Canyon University. About 83% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
233 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Los Angeles is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in social work. Each year, around 26,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 233 bachelor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Cal State LA. Around 88% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

230 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Sacramento is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in social work. Roughly 31,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The social work program at California State University - Sacramento awarded 230 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 90% were women and 77% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

202 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Arlington is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in social work. Each year, around 48,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,624 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,474 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 202 bachelor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at UT Arlington. Of these students, 88% were women and 69% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Michigan
180 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Eastern Michigan University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in social work. Each year, around 17,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,658 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,912 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 180 bachelor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Eastern Michigan. Around 46% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#6

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida
179 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida Atlantic University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in social work. Each year, around 30,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $2,522 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,467 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 179 bachelor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at FAU. Around 73% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#7

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois
167 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Aurora University. Roughly 6,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $24,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,600 per year.

The social work program at Aurora University awarded 167 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 94% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

164 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in social work. Roughly 11,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

The social work program at Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix awarded 164 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 85% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

158 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
96% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Each year, around 29,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,664 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,959 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 158 bachelor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at UT Rio Grande Valley. Around 96% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#10

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan
155 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Wayne State University. Roughly 26,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,024 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,285 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 155 people received their bachelor's degree in social work from Wayne State. Of these students, 89% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

147 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Ohio State University - Main Campus. Roughly 61,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 147 bachelor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Ohio State. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#12

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Whitewater, Wisconsin
146 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in social work. Each year, around 12,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,519 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,108 per year.

The social work program at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater awarded 146 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#13

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
143 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Arizona University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in social work. Each year, around 30,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,018 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,305 per year.

The social work program at Northern Arizona University awarded 143 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 92% of this group were women, and 61% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Keuka College

Keuka Park, New York
138 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Keuka College is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in social work. Roughly 1,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,748 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,372 per year.

The social work program at Keuka College awarded 138 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#15

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois
136 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northeastern Illinois University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in social work. Roughly 7,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,698 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,419 per year.

The social work program at Northeastern Illinois University awarded 136 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 83% were women and 75% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

136 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis. Roughly 29,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,580 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,826 per year.

The social work program at Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis awarded 136 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

#17

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
135 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in social work. Each year, around 69,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 135 people received their bachelor's degree in social work from UCF. Of these students, 85% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, California
133 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Fresno Pacific University. Roughly 4,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $32,458 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,940 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 133 people received their bachelor's degree in social work from Fresno Pacific. Around 69% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#19

Salisbury University

Salisbury, Maryland
131 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Salisbury University is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in social work. Roughly 8,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,264 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,769 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 131 bachelor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Salisbury. Of these students, 92% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
130 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Kaplan University-Indianapolis. Roughly 38,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,791 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 130 bachelor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Kaplan University-Indianapolis. Of these students, 93% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to social work that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Human Services 6,503
Public Administration 3,195
Public Policy 2,308
Community Organization & Advocacy 1,625
Other Public Administration 327

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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