Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Doctor's Degree in Social Work

Find Schools Near

Doctor’s Degrees in Social Work

579 Yearly Graduations
$57,150 Median Salary
$53,108 Median Debt
A doctor's degree in social work is offered at 82 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 33% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 8.8% of social work graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Social Work Majors

In 2018-2019, 579 doctor's degrees were awarded to social work majors. This earns it the #46 spot on the list of the most popular doctor's degree programs in the nation.

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 Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in social work is $57,150. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $48,850 and the high is $62,850.

undefined

Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in social work is $53,108. 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, $63,186 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $47,814.

undefined

Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $619.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in social work. About 81.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 110
Women 469
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Social Work

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 19
Black or African American 98
Hispanic or Latino 60
White 306
International Students 51
Other Races/Ethnicities 45
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Social Work Doctor's Degree Students

There are 82 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in social work. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
74 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for social work students seekinga doctor's degree is University of Southern California. Each year, around 48,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 74 doctor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at USC. Of these students, 77% were women and 53% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
30 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in social work. Roughly 48,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 doctor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Walden University. About 83% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
25 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Pennsylvania. Each year, around 26,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,156 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,254 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 people received their doctor's degree in social work from UPenn. About 72% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

24 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is The University of Tennessee - Knoxville. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,332 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,468 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 people received their doctor's degree in social work from UT Knoxville. About 100% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
24 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in social work. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 doctor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Capella University. About 92% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
22 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Roughly 50,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 doctor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Rutgers New Brunswick. Of these students, 86% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
17 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of St Thomas Minnesota is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in social work. Roughly 9,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,766 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their doctor's degree in social work from UST MN. About 82% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, Minnesota
17 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

St Catherine University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in social work. Each year, around 4,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $32,522 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,948 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their doctor's degree in social work from St. Kate's. About 82% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

New York University

New York, New York
16 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is New York University. Roughly 52,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

The social work program at New York University awarded 16 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 81% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
14 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tulane University of Louisiana is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in social work. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,760 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,918 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 people received their doctor's degree in social work from Tulane. Of these students, 64% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
13 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Washington University in St Louis. Roughly 16,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,250 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,250 per year.

The social work program at Washington University in St Louis awarded 13 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#12

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
12 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fordham University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in social work. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,980 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,608 per year.

The social work program at Fordham University awarded 12 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Millersville, Pennsylvania
10 Yearly Graduations
90% Women

Millersville University of Pennsylvania comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in social work. Each year, around 7,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,570 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

The social work program at Millersville University of Pennsylvania awarded 10 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

9 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in social work. Roughly 47,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 doctor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at UW Seattle. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 78% were women.

8 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Arlington comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 people received their doctor's degree in social work from UT Arlington. Of these students, 62% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
8 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in social work. Roughly 14,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,600 per year.

The social work program at Boston College awarded 8 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#15

Morgan State University

Baltimore, Maryland
8 Yearly Graduations
88% Women

Morgan State University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in social work. Each year, around 7,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,477 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,190 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 doctor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Morgan State. About 88% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

8 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in social work. Roughly 51,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 people received their doctor's degree in social work from UT Austin. Of these students, 75% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

8 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their doctor'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, 8 doctor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Ohio State. About 88% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois
8 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their doctor'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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 doctor's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Aurora. About 75% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Public Administration 369
Public Policy 232
Human Services 55
Other Public Administration 50
Community Organization & Advocacy 10

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.

Featured Schools

Find Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited colleges across the U.S.