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2021 Most Popular Online Social Work Schools

86 Colleges
$36,459 Avg Salary
$30,084 Avg Student Debt

Social Work is the #19 most popular major in the country with 57,499 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Most Popular Online Social Work Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 86 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for social work majors pursuing an online .

#1

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Our 2021 rankings named Grand Canyon University the most popular online school in the United States for social work students. Located in the large city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that social work majors at Grand Canyon University take out is $25,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Aurora University

Aurora, IL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Aurora University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Online Social Work Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Aurora, Aurora is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that social work majors at Aurora take out is $25,340. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $281.

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#3

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

The excellent online programs at Wayne State University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best social work schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Detroit, Wayne State is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, social work majors at Wayne State accumulate an average of around $32,736 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $364, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent online programs at Northern Arizona University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best social work schools in the United States. Located in the small city of Flagstaff, NAU is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, social work majors at NAU accumulate an average of around $20,500 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $213.

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#5

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Kaplan University-Indianapolis is a great place for social work students pursuing an online degree. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, Kaplan University-Indianapolis is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#6

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for social work students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the small city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#7

South Texas College

McAllen, TX

South Texas College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for social work students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of McAllen, South Texas College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#7

Troy University

Troy, AL

Troy University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Social Work Schools ranking. Located in the town of Troy, TROY is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Social Work majors at TROY take out an average of $26,584 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $291.

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#9

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best social work programs. Located in the city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public school with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #10, Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global did quite well on this year’s best schools for social work students. IWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Marion.

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#11

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Brandman University ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Online Social Work Schools list. Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Irvine.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Online Social Work Schools list. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Social Work students that almost earned our Most Popular Online Social Work Schools award.

Rank College Location
13 Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor, MI
13 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
15 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
15 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
17 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
17 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
17 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ

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Social Work is one of 5 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Social Work

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration 17,444
Human Services 13,768
Public Policy 6,021
Community Organization & Advocacy 2,832
Other Public Administration 971

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Army Medicine.

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