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Master’s Degrees in Social Work

31,270 Yearly Graduations
$42,800 Median Salary
$40,500 Median Debt
There are 309 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in social work. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 41% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.5% of social work graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Social Work Majors

In 2018-2019, 31,270 earned their master's degree in social work. This earns it the #3 spot on the list of the most popular master'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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in social work is $42,800. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $40,300 and the high is $46,100.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in social work is $40,500. 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, $43,802 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $30,920.

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The median monthly payment of a social work graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $472.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in social work. About 87.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,950
Women 27,320
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Social Work

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 907
Black or African American 5,672
Hispanic or Latino 5,065
White 16,947
International Students 476
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,203
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Social Work Master's Degree Students

There are 309 colleges that offer a master’s degree in social work. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
1,367 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for social work majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 48,300 attend the school each year. 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.

The social work program at University of Southern California awarded 1,367 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 85% were women and 64% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

725 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Arlington is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in social work. Roughly 48,600 attend the school each year. 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, 725 people received their master's degree in social work from UT Arlington. About 92% of this group were women, and 58% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
674 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in social work. Each year, around 50,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 674 master's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Rutgers New Brunswick. About 85% of this group were women, and 46% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
663 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their master's degree is Fordham University. Each year, around 16,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 663 people received their master's degree in social work from Fordham U. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

561 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia University in the City of New York comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in social work. Each year, around 31,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 561 master's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Columbia. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#6

New York University

New York, New York
533 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in social work. Each year, around 52,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 533 people received their master's degree in social work from NYU. About 86% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Hunter College

New York, New York
528 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their master's degree is Hunter College. Each year, around 23,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 528 master's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Hunter. About 83% of this group were women, and 58% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois
488 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their master's degree is Aurora University. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 488 people received their master's degree in social work from Aurora. Of these students, 90% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Simmons University

Boston, Massachusetts
481 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Simmons University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in social work. Each year, around 6,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,850 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,654 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 481 people received their master's degree in social work from Simmons. About 87% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

University of Maryland - Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland
468 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - Baltimore is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in social work. Roughly 6,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,260 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,132 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 468 master's degrees were handed out to social work majors at UMB. About 89% of this group were women, and 43% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
426 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in social work. Each year, around 48,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The social work program at Walden University awarded 426 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 56% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

369 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in social work. Each year, around 29,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 369 people received their master's degree in social work from IUPUI. Of these students, 89% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
343 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 343 master's degrees were handed out to social work majors at U-M. About 85% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
321 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in social work. Each year, around 33,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 321 master's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Boston U. Of these students, 87% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Our Lady of the Lake University

San Antonio, Texas
321 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their master's degree is Our Lady of the Lake University. Roughly 2,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,330 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,326 per year.

The social work program at Our Lady of the Lake University awarded 321 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 88% were women and 64% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan
320 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wayne State University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in social work. Each year, around 26,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 320 master's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Wayne State. Of these students, 90% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
309 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their master's degree is Arizona State University - Skysong. Roughly 45,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,867 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,384 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 309 master's degrees were handed out to social work majors at ASU - Skysong. About 87% of this group were women, and 41% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

306 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in social work. Each year, around 61,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The social work program at Ohio State University - Main Campus awarded 306 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 90% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
294 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Denver comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in social work. 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 294 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#20

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine
288 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of New England comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in social work. Each year, around 7,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,390 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,498 per year.

The social work program at University of New England awarded 288 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Public Administration 12,640
Public Policy 3,219
Human Services 1,236
Community Organization & Advocacy 469
Other Public Administration 280

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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