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Graduate Certificates in Social Work

455 Yearly Graduations
$34,800 Median Salary
$41,000 Median Debt
There are 56 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a graduate certificate in social work. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 35% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.1% of social work graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Social Work Majors

In 2018-2019, 455 earned their graduate certificate in social work. This earns it the #38 spot on the list of the most popular graduate certificate 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 Graduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in social work is $34,800. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $32,600 to a high of $38,350.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in social work is $41,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $54,377 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $34,000.

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The median monthly payment of a social work graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $478.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in social work. About 89.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 46
Women 409
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificates in Social Work

The racial-ethnic distribution of social work graduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 45
Hispanic or Latino 85
White 264
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 48
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Social Work Graduate Certificate Students

There are 56 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in social work. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
59 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Denver tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for social work majors who are seeking their graduate certificate. Roughly 12,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,336 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

The social work program at University of Denver awarded 59 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

49 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in social work. Roughly 29,400 attend the school each year. 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.

The social work program at The University of Tennessee - Knoxville awarded 49 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 96% were women and 6% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Montclair State University

Montclair, New Jersey
46 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
76% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Montclair State University. Each year, around 21,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,082 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,600 per year.

The social work program at Montclair State University awarded 46 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 87% were women and 76% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Western New Mexico University

Silver City, New Mexico
35 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western New Mexico University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in social work. Roughly 3,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,167 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,356 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 people received their graduate certificate in social work from Western New Mexico University. Around 46% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

#5

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois
33 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Aurora University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in social work. Each year, around 6,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 33 graduate certificates were handed out to social work majors at Aurora. Of these students, 91% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

30 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in social work. Each year, around 32,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,628 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,530 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 graduate certificates were handed out to social work majors at Pitt. Of these students, 87% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
26 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of California - Berkeley. Each year, around 43,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 people received their graduate certificate in social work from UC Berkeley. Of these students, 85% were women and 62% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
20 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in social work. Each year, around 48,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 people received their graduate certificate in social work from U-M. Of these students, 90% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Yeshiva University

New York, New York
19 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Yeshiva University. Roughly 5,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $42,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,800 per year.

The social work program at Yeshiva University awarded 19 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#10

Madonna University

Livonia, Michigan
14 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Madonna University comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in social work. Roughly 2,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $23,100 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,930 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 graduate certificates were handed out to social work majors at Madonna. Of these students, 93% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama
13 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Alabama comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in social work. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,660 per year.

The social work program at University of North Alabama awarded 13 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#12

LIU Post

Brookville, New York
12 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

LIU Post is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in social work. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,452 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,482 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 people received their graduate certificate in social work from LIU Post. Around 58% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#13

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida
9 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Florida Atlantic University. Roughly 30,000 attend the school each year. 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.

The social work program at Florida Atlantic University awarded 9 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 89% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
9 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Chicago comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in social work. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,924 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,276 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 graduate certificates were handed out to social work majors at UIC. About 100% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
8 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Loyola University Chicago is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in social work. Roughly 17,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,105 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,594 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 graduate certificates were handed out to social work majors at Loyola Chicago. About 62% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
8 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of South Carolina - Columbia. Each year, around 35,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,288 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,737 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 people received their graduate certificate in social work from UofSC. About 88% of this group were women, and 75% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Colorado State University - Fort Collins

Fort Collins, Colorado
8 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Colorado State University - Fort Collins. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,426 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,520 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 graduate certificates were handed out to social work majors at Colorado State. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#18

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas
7 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arkansas at Little Rock comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in social work. Roughly 9,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,495 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,760 per year.

The social work program at University of Arkansas at Little Rock awarded 7 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 43% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#19

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
6 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Kentucky is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in social work. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,011 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,055 per year.

The social work program at University of Kentucky awarded 6 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 100% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix. Each year, around 11,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 6 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 67% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to social work that offer graduate certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Public Administration 933
Public Policy 250
Human Services 69
Community Organization & Advocacy 62
Other Public Administration 56

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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