Top 50 Campus-Based MSW Programs

by Editor on February 11, 2013

There are over 230 graduate schools of social work in the United States that have received accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CWSE). With so many choices, it can be difficult to know how all these schools stack up. What follows is a ranking of the top programs across the country, programs that have emerged as leaders in the field.

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While creating our 2014-2015 ranking of the top 50 Master of Social Work degree programs, we have taken two previous rankings into account: one by U.S. News and World Report, which has ranked graduate social work programs since 1993, and the other from The Gourman Report on Graduate Schools. The Gourman Report based its results on factors such as program history, facilities, and the content of the curriculum. The rankings from U.S. News and World Report, on the other hand, are based on survey responses from senior faculty and deans. Of the two, we have given slightly more weight to the Gourman Report.

These rankings are also influenced by our own criteria such as the number of specialization and concentration options, the presence of new and innovative approaches and ideas, and the overall sense that the social work program is important to the university as a whole. Location is considered in terms of local human and recreational resources. Cost is always a factor when choosing a college, and so we have made some effort to point out the most affordable options on the list as well.

As with all college and graduate program rankings, this MSW program ranking should be used in conjunction with other tools and considerations regarding which MSW program is best for each individual student. If you’re interested in online MSW programs, be sure to check out our ranking of the top online MSW programs.

#1. University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

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The University of Chicago has been a leading private academic institution for over a century, and it’s School of Social Service Administration is among the oldest and most respected schools of social work. The school’s committed academic culture has also made it one of the most selective programs in the nation. The Gourman Report on Graduate Schools gave this program first place on their list, while U.S. News and World Report put them in a tie for #3.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration offers one of the world’s best graduate social work programs. They offer an “AM” degree, which is fully equivalent to an MSW but adds interdisciplinary theory and research that leads to even greater career flexibility after graduation. After completing the core curriculum, students choose to concentrate on either clinical practice or social administration. The school offers 9 programs of study that allow students to specialize their degree, but 60% of graduate students create their own specialization through related electives and internships. The diversity of course and internship offerings are among the best in the nation.

Accreditation
The Master of Social Work program at the University of Chicago has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and its predecessors since 1919.

 

#2. Columbia University School of Social Work

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The Columbia University School of Social Work has the distinction of being the top-ranked social work program in New York City. The school has been educating and empowering students to better their communities for over 100 years. This program is ranked at #2 in the nation by the Gourman Report (U.S. News has them tied for #5).

MSW Program Overview
Columbia University’s School of Social Work has designed an MSW program with more options than most. The curriculum offers the choice of 4 method areas, which can be applied within one of 7 fields of practice. For example, a student could choose to apply the Clinical method to the field of Refugees and Immigrants, or the method of Policy Practice to the field of Mental Health & Disabilities. The possible combinations are endless. There are 9 dual degrees, including an MSW/International Affairs degree and an MSW/Urban Planning degree, and the school also offers 4 minors in areas such as business administration and international social welfare. Because of its urban location in the largest city in the nation, field placements are vibrant and diverse.

Accreditation
The Columbia University School of Social Work was first accredited in 1919 by predecessors to the Council on Social Work Education (CWSE).

 

#3. University of Michigan School of Social Work

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The University of Michigan School of Social Work in Ann Arbor has been offering graduate degrees in social work since the early days of the profession, and has enjoyed recognition as one of the best graduate program in social work in the country. U.S. News and World Report put this program in a tie for 1st place, and the Gourman Report on Graduate Schools ranked this program #3. Graduates from this public research university often go on to hold high positions in community organizations.

MSW Program Overview
University of Michigan’s School of Social Work offers a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program with a great variety of courses and concentrations. All students choose both a “practice method” concentration – interpersonal, community, management, or policy – and a “practice area” in which to apply their chosen method. Practice areas include aging, children and families, and mental health. A Certificate in Global Social Work augments a strong global studies program. An advanced standing program for students holding a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) allows select students to reduce the length of the program based on past academic experience.

Accreditation
The University of Michigan School of Social Work has been accredited since 1922 by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and its predecessors.

 

#4. Washington University in St. Louis Brown School of Social Work

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The Brown School of Social Work has been a part of Washington University in St. Louis for 100 years, and the Master of Social Work program has been available through the university since 1945. Seminars and professional development workshops in social work keep the university connected with the local community. U.S. News and World Report placed this program in a tie for first place; the Gourman Report ranked them #9.

MSW Program Overview
Washington University in St. Louis’s Brown School of Social Work offers one of the most flexible Master of Social Work (MSW) programs in the nation. Students can choose from concentrations in gerontology, children & families, health, mental health, and economic development; students can also choose to create their own concentration based on their own interests. With connections to over 400 field internship agencies both locally and globally, there is a field learning experience for every career goal. Dual degree programs are available for students who want to combine their social work degree with one in business, Jewish studies, architecture, law, public health or divinity studies – and with over $4 million in social work scholarships available to students in the program, the cost of attendance can be significantly less than the price tag.

Accreditation
The Washington University in St. Louis Brown School of Social Work has offered a fully accredited MSW program since 1928.

#5. Case Western Reserve University School of Applied Social Sciences

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University has been providing students in the Cleveland area with social work education since 1915. The Gourman Report ranks this school at #6, while U.S. News and World Report puts them in 9th place; the university is also highly reviewed by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

MSW Program Overview
Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences offers an on-campus Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) program that prepares students for a career in either clinical or administrative social work. Students choose between a concentration in Community & Social Development or Direct Practice; the specializations available for direct practice students include aging, alcohol & drug abuse, health, mental health, and children youth & families. The 60-credit program is traditionally finished over the course of two years, but students who work full time or have other obligations can enroll in a weekend-only program that lasts three years or a part-time program of up to four years. Situated within a prestigious private research university, the Mandel School is one of the top three schools at Case Western in terms of per-capita external research funding. The Mandel School also boasts the most endowed professorships among all social work schools across the nation.

Accreditation
Case Western’s MSW program has been accredited since 1919 by the CWSE and its predecessors.

 

#6. The University of Pennsylvania

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The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is a private, ivy-league school that was founded by Benjamin Franklin, and is one of the oldest universities in the country. Their School of Social Policy and Practice (known as “SP2″) is over 100 years old itself, and was recognized as a top 5 MSW program in the Gourman Report on Graduate Schools, as well as being ranked 16th by U.S. News and World Report.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice may be over 100 years old, but it offers a recently redesigned MSW curriculum that keeps it on the cutting edge of the field. Classes are small, with only 10-25 students, and there are eleven dual degree programs, which is the most selection of any school reviewed. They also offer eight certificate and specialization programs, as well as study-abroad opportunities. There are over 40 electives listed in the course catalog, divided into “clinical” and “macro” categories, and almost 150 field placement agencies listed as current options for students. All this adds up to one of the broadest ranges of opportunities and choices for MSW students in the nation.

Accreditation
The University of Pennsylvania’s social work program has been accredited by the CWSE and its predecessors since 1919.

#7. The University of Wisconsin at Madison

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With a rich history, relatively affordable in-state tuition, and a friendly, college town atmosphere, the University of Wisconsin is a great choice for graduate studies. It doesn’t hurt that the School of Social Work has a national reputation for excellence and community involvement, and was ranked #4 in Princeton’s “Gourman Report on Graduate Schools”. The school was also tied for 11th place in the rankings complied by U.S. News and World Report.

MSW Program Overview
The Masters of Social Work Program at the University of Wisconsin offers both full-time and part-time programs, as well as an “advanced standing” program for students that have earned a BSW in the past 5 years. Students can choose from among three main areas of concentration: Child, Youth, and Family Welfare; Health, Aging, and Disability; and Mental Health. Faculty are involved in research addressing the needs of children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The School of Social Work was established as a separate program within the University system in 1946, after decades of foundation-laying by personalities such as Helen I. Clarke, an early pioneer in the settlement house movement.

Accreditation
The University of Wisconsin has been accredited by the CWSE and its predecessors since 1922.

 

#8. The University of California at Berkeley

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UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare offers a dynamic 2-year MSW program along with all the perks that come from living in one of the most legendary college town in the country. The school was ranked 7th among MSW programs by U.S. News and World Report, and 12th by the Gourman Report, and as a state university this program has relatively low tuition.

MSW Program Overview
The School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley allows students to pick from five areas of concentration: Children and Families, Community Mental Health, Gerontology, Health, and Management and Planning. Specialized training is offered for students seeking the qualifications to work in child welfare or school settings. A dual MSW/MPH degree is offered through collaboration with the School of Public Health, and a concurrent Masters Degree in Public Policy can be pursued as well. Staffed by internationally recognized faculty researchers, UC Berkeley engages in innovative research and practice techniques: for example, in fall 2014 the school will sponsor a panel discussion on using restorative justice as a tool for creating healthier public schools.

Accreditation
UC Berkeley’s School of Social Service has offered an accredited MSW program since 1944.

 

#9. University of Southern California School of Social Work

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As one of the state’s most prestigious colleges, the University of Southern California has maintained its reputation as an innovator in social work education since becoming the first West Coast university to offer a full-time social work program. This is a private research university with a flagship campus in Los Angeles, although the MSW program is also offered on satellite campuses in Irvine and San Diego. Their MSW program is currently tied for 11th in the U.S. News and World Report rankings, and is in 15th place according to the Gourman Report.

MSW Program Overview
University of Southern California’s School of Social Work offers a strong MSW program that flexes to meet the needs of students through full-time, part-time, and advanced standing options. Students choose an areas of concentration from children & families, health, mental health, community organization, or social work & global business. Students can further specialize their choice by selecting a sub-concentration related to a specific population. USC offers 8 dual degrees that can be earned alongside the MSW in disciplines as diverse as law and gerontology. The vibrant field program places USC students with agencies across the city, while the Global Immersion program provides learning and service opportunities around the world.

Accreditation
The University of Southern California School of Social Work has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and its predecessors since 1922.

 

#10. The University of Texas at Austin

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Situated in the cultural hub of Austin – a college city famous for its music scene – the University of Texas is a public research university and another great choice for graduate social work studies. This innovative MSW program received 7th place in the U.S. News rankings, as well as 19th in the Gourman Report on Graduate Schools.

MSW Program Overview
MSW Students at the University of Texas choose between the two concentration areas of Clinical Social Work or Community and Administrative Leadership. They can also participate in innovative “portfolio programs”, which are clustered elective classes, some of which are pulled from other graduate programs within the university. For example, students may choose to take a group of electives in disability studies, dispute resolution, gerontology, nonprofit leadership, or gender studies. Finally, there are four dual degrees available that allow students to complete concurrent degrees in Public Health, Public Affairs, Divinity, and Law. Along with all this variety, UT Austin offers flexible entry and exit points, which means students can select the speed of study that best suits their needs.

Accreditation
The University of Texas at Austin received CWSE accreditation for their MSW program in 1952.

 

#11. The University of Pittsburgh

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work is 94 years old, and has been a leader in social work education for decades. They were recently recognized with an 8th place ranking in the Gourman Report, and were ranked 11th by U.S. News and World Report in 2013. The university is technically private but does receive state funding, which means tuition falls somewhere in the middle ground between the average private and state school.

MSW Program Overview
The MSW program at the University of Pittsburgh offers two main concentration areas, direct practice and community organization.. Situated in Allegheny County, which has one of the oldest per capita populations in the country, the MSW program partners with numerous agencies that serve the elderly through several aging initiatives. They also participate in the Child Welfare Education for Leadership (CWEL) program with other schools of social work in the state of Pennsylvania, and their Center on Race and Social Problems is known across the nation. 7 distinct dual-degrees are available for students looking to combine the MSW with knowledge from another field. Offering a full-time MSW program in the city of Pittsburgh, as well as part-time options designed for working adults at their Johnstown and Bradford campuses, the University of Pittsburgh has continued to innovate and adapt into the 21st century.

Accreditation
The University of Pittsburgh has offered a fully accredited MSW program since 1918.

 

#12. The University of North Carolina

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Located in one of the most respected academics hubs in the world, the “research triangle” of Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina has provided cutting edge social work education since 1920. The program was tied for 5th place in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

MSW Program Overview
The School of Social Work at UNC offers a 2-year Masters Program, as well as a 12 month advanced standing program for students who have previously earned a BSW. There is also a 3-year distance education option available. Students are offered concentrations in direct practice or management & community practice, but can also choose a flexible “self-directed” concentration that is developed in conjunction with faculty advisors. Dual degrees are available through partnerships between UNC’s School of Public Health, the School of Law, and the Department of Public Administration. There is even a dual degree offered through the Duke University Divinity School. In-state tuition is low, relative to state schools in other regions.

Accreditation
The UNC School of Social Work has been accredited by the CWSE and its predecessors since 1920.

 

#13. Boston University School of Social Work

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Boston University is a world-class private university in urban Boston with over 150 years of history. The BU School of Social Work has been in operation since 1937, offering one of the most highly regarded MSW degree programs in the country. U.S. News and World Report has this program in a tie for 16th place.

MSW Program Overview
The Master of Social Work program at Boston University offers programs tailored to either clinical or macro-practice social work. Clinical specializations include aging, trauma, family therapy, group work, and behavioral medicine. Students in the macro concentration focus on concerns of program development, assessment, and agency management. A variety of certificates programs respond to the need for specially trained social workers in specific practice areas, and a dual degree with School of Education allows MSW students to be trained as educators for children and families. The international program supports cross-cultural learning and offers opportunities for study in places like Mali and Puerto Rico, and an engaged faculty with a broad set of research interests ensure a diversity of ideas on campus.

Accreditation
The Boston University Master of Social Work program received accreditation for their MSW program in 1939.

 

#14. Virginia Commonwealth University

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Since its inception in 1917, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work in Richmond, Virginia has become known as one of the best social work programs in the nation. Social and economic justice has remained integral to the school’s values over the years, and the faculty members in the School of Social Work are known around the world for their research and practice. U.S. News and World Report places this program as tied for 11th place in their rankings.

MSW Program Overview
Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work offers a 60-credit on-campus Master of Social Work (MSW) program that can be completed in 2-3 years, depending on enrollment status. Before beginning their second year of studies, students choose between a concentration in clinical social work or social work administration, and internships will relate to this choice. VCU has a strong international program, with intern-exchange and service-learning opportunities, but most of the knowledge base drawn from faculty research is re-invested in the local community, where the school works with dozens of local agencies to assess existing programs and assist in the development and delivery of social services. As a result, there are over 400 agencies that welcome VCU students as field interns.

Accreditation
The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work was first accredited to teach social work in 1919.

 

#15. Fordham University

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This prestigious Jesuit educational institution consists of 10 nonprofit schools and colleges across New York City. Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service has been regarded among the very best school’s of social work since its inception in 1916. U.S. News and World Report currently has them tied for #11 in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
Fordham University offers a 66-credit Master of Social Work degree through their Graduate School of Social Service. Students in the program complete foundation studies before choosing a concentration area from clinical social work, leadership/macro practice, or research. Fordham’s research institutes address the social concerns of women, children, and the elderly, and the Fordham Center for Nonprofit Leaders prepares students for careers in this growing sector. There is a good selection of full and part-time enrollment options. The school has three different campuses across the city; field placement opportunities are endless, and the diverse student body with small classes led by prestigious faculty ensure a well-rounded educational experience.

Accreditation
Fordham University first received accreditation for their MSW program in 1929.

 

#16. The University of Minnesota

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This historic northern university has been climbing the ranks lately, thanks to a strong commitment to social work research and values through a “local meets global” perspective. Students here can choose from a number of concentrations and benefit from a seasoned faculty and a rich history of instruction. U.S. News ranked this school as tied for #33, but the Gourman Report was impressed enough to rank them #10 in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Minnesota is a land-grant public research university, and its MSW program, located on the Saint Paul campus, has developed a strong academic tradition that emphasizes social justice and diversity. The program’s areas of specialty include Clinical Mental Health, Community Practice, Families and Children, and Health, Disability and Aging. Dual-degrees have also been established in Public Policy, Urban Planning, and Public Health. The university’s social work program is also involved with five research centers, some of which address issues of child welfare and family violence. One remarkable initiative – the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking – focuses on conflict resolution; this center conducts research and training, and even facilitates dialogue internationally in areas such as Northern Ireland and Palestine/Israel. Despite some outstanding academic achievements, the school of social work remains grounded in a “person and environment” perspective with the stated goal that every graduate “have a practical understanding of how power and privilege, and their opposites, shape the roles that all of us play in society”.

Accreditation
The University of Minnesota’s program has been accredited by the CWSE and its predecessors since 1919.

#17. Boston College

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Boston College is a private Catholic university that has developed one of the best MSW programs in the country. This innovative program is located in Chestnut Hill, just six miles from downtown Boston. Distinctions include a 10th place ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

MSW Program Overview
Students in the MSW program at Boston College first choose between a “Clinical” or “Macro” focus for their degree. Within those specializations, there are six areas of concentration, including Children Youth and Families, Global Practice, Health, Mental Health, and Older Adults and Families. Additionally, there are eight certificate programs available, which allow students to focus on areas as diverse as immigration, neuroscience, and military veterans. Dual degrees are offered in law, business, and pastoral ministry. This MSW program is notable for its work with aging populations through the Boston College Institute on Aging, and for immigration studies through their Immigrant Integration Lab. They are also well-known for international field placements through the Global Studies concentration. With program lengths running from one to four years, Boston College offers students the flexibility to complete their studies at their own chosen pace.

Accreditation
Boston College first received accreditation for its MSW program in 1936.

 

#18. Rutgers University

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Rutgers is a public research university in New Jersey. It’s social work program is the fourth largest in the country, and is offered at three campus locations in New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark. This program was recognized with a #14 ranking in the Gourman Review of Graduate Schools, as well as being #26 on the list of U.S. News and World Report.

MSW Program Overview
Rutgers University offers a lot of choice to their MSW students. Not only is the full program offered on three separate campuses, but options include a 1-year advanced standing program, an “intensive weekend” program designed for working adults, and a “blended” online and campus-based program. Rutgers offers both a clinical concentration and a management and policy concentration, within which students can complete certificate programs in Addictions Counseling, Aging, Jewish Studies, or Violence Against Women and Children. There is one dual degree option in law and social work, and another dual degree that combines an MSW with a divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. The School of Social work also operates a number of innovative centers and programs such as the Center for Leadership and Management, the Center for Gambling Studies, and the Center for International Social Work. These initiatives provide unique opportunities to Rutgers students that can translate into career-building experiences.

Accreditation
Rutgers University has offered an accredited MSW program since 1957.

#19. Tulane University

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At the oldest school for social work in the deep south, Tulane MSW students find a rich tradition and a wide variety of program options. They also find newly renovated and modernized facilities in a new downtown New Orleans location, just a few steps from Canal Street. This program was ranked 20th in the Gourman Report, and placed 44th in the U.S. News and World Report rankings – which came out before the school occupied its new, expanded location.

MSW Program Overview
The MSW program at Tulane offers several certificate programs within their curriculum, in areas including Disaster Mental Health, Family Practice, and Global Social Work. Dual degrees can be pursued in Public Health or Law. Perhaps most unique to Tulane is a new dual degree program which combines an MSW with a Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leadership. This program prepares students for careers in the planning and implementation of relief efforts to vulnerable communities worldwide – and Tulane’s Resilience Leadership Academy recently received almost 1 million dollars from Unicef to fund their resiliency research in Mali. But all the international opportunities at the Tulane School of Social Work don’t diminish the diversity of the local city culture and the great variety of opportunities for field placements that MSW students can find right outside their own front door.

Accreditation
Tulane received its accreditation in 1927 and has never looked back.

 

#20. University of Washington School of Social Work

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Founded in 1861, the University of Washington in Seattle has since risen to prominence as the premier research institution in the Pacific Northwest. The UW School of Social Work was established in 1934, growing to become one of the most recognized and respected schools of its kind. U.S. News and World Report put this program in a tie for 3rd place; the Gourman Report ranked them at #29.

MSW Program Overview
The Master of Social Work degree program at UW prepares students for direct practice with every population, and for policy work with a variety of social issues. Students begin their coursework with a foundation year that builds a base of knowledge for solving complex social problems. The advanced year prepares students for careers and leadership positions in the field. The university operates a number of research and innovation centers, addressing issues of interest to social workers such as Indigenous Wellness, Women’s Welfare, Poverty & Policy, Suicide Prevention, and Diversity & Justice. Program options include the full-time day program, as well as an extended degree program and an advanced standing program. This flexibility allows the school to accommodate students in every stage of life. The MSW curriculum is constantly evaluated and revised to ensure that students’ skills are up to date.

Accreditation
The Master of Social Work program at the University of Washington has been accredited since its inception in 1934.

 

#21. CUNY – Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work

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The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College is New York City’s oldest social work program. Many of their graduates are drawn from the five boroughs of the city, and they emphasize diversity both in their admissions process and in their course offerings. This MSW program was recently tied for 16th in the U.S. News and World Report rankings, and come in at #25 in the Gourman Report on Graduate Schools.

MSW Program Overview
With a broad, well-designed curriculum that emphasizes applied knowledge through social work practice, students at the Silberman School of Social Work choose from field placement opportunities that are as diverse as the city itself. Every student enrolls in one of four “methods concentrations”, which are sets of three courses in either Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families, Group Work, Community Organization, or Leadership and Management. The school offers a range of options and time frames for completing the MSW program; students can enroll in either full-time or accelerated programs, and there is also a “one year residency” program designed for students who are currently employed in social service agencies. This residency program, which despite its name does take two years to complete, allows the students to continue working and to use their paying job as an academically-supported field placement throughout the second year of their studies.

Accreditation
The Hunter College MSW program has been accredited since 1958.

#21. University of Denver

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This MSW program in Colorado’s mile-high city offers students a great variety of concentrations and specializations, as well as opportunities for international study. The off-campus outdoor recreation is also hard to beat. This private university was founded in 1864. U.S. News and World Report ranked this program #26, while the Gourman Report bumped them up to #22.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work allows students to begin studies within their chosen area of specialization relatively quickly, which means you won’t have to wait long to dig into one of their eight concentrations or three certificate programs. In addition to the standard fare, the program offers unique choices such as a certificate in “animal-assisted social work”. Dual degrees can be designed individually or pursued in established dual programs including law, international studies, and theology. The University of Denver has some international internship opportunities available, and they also offer the MSW program at satellite campuses in Glenwood Springs and Durango for Colorado natives who can’t quit get themselves to move to the big city. Whichever campus you pick, you’ll never be far from the world-class skiing and outdoor recreation.

Accreditation
The University of Denver first received its accreditation in 1933.

#23. Smith College

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The Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts offers a world-class, clinically-focused program to their MSW students. This private university boasts a student-faculty ratio of four to one, and supports field placements not only in their local area but around the nation as well. U.S. News and World Report placed them in a tie for 16th on their list.

MSW Program Overview
Smith College uses an innovative “block plan” in its curriculum, which runs for a total of 27 months (18 months for advanced standing). In the full-time program, three consecutive summers are spent on campus, working through intensive 10-week academic sessions. The fall and spring semesters are devoted entirely to field placements around the country, during which students work closely with faculty advisers to reflect on and grow through their experiences. Students can select from over 120 agencies sprinkled over 20 states. There are even opportunities for placement in Canada. The program is clinically-focused, and has a unique, outspoken focus on the power of relationships as a tool for promoting personal change.

Accreditation
The Smith College School for Social Work has been accredited by the CWSE and its predecessors since 1919.

 

#24. The University of California at Los Angeles

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The Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA offers an MSW program with ten areas of concentration to choose from. This public research university has a solid reputation, and sits on a beautiful campus in the heart of Los Angeles. U.S. News put UCLA’s social work program in a tie for 16th place, while the Gourman Report ranked this program #23 in the country.

MSW Program Overview
Students in the MSW program at UCLA choose from among ten distinct areas of concentration, including Aging, Immigration, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Youth/Families. The program length is two years, with students picking either a “micro” or “macro” focus for their second-year studies. Situated within the School of Public Affairs, students have opportunities to get involved in programs addressing transportation and nonprofit leadership, as well as centers for research on inequality, aging policy, and health policy. The program is expansive enough that every students can create an individualized learning adventure on their way to graduation.

Accreditation
UCLA’s MSW program has been accredited since 1949.

 

#25. The University of Maryland

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Located in the city of Baltimore, the University of Maryland offers a top-tier MSW program with a good selection of specializations and dual-degrees. Students with a BSW degree may apply for an advanced standing program. The U.S. News list placed Maryland’s MSW program in a tie for 16th place.

MSW Program Overview
Each student will choose between a clinical or macro concentration, though combining the two is also an option. In the second year of the program, students select a specialization for their field practicum; choices include Aging, Families & Children, Health, Behavioral Health, and Community Action/Social Policy. A unique sub-specializations is also available in Employee Assistance Programs. Available dual-degrees include Jewish Studies, Law, Business (MBA), and Public Health. Of special interest is this program’s growing international focus. Students can take courses on health, social justice, and comparative social work practice that include international travel, and they can also participate in coursework and field placements at partner universities in London and Cochin, India. Whatever your personal interest in social work, you are likely to find the University of Maryland is a good fit.

Accreditation
The University of Maryland has offered an accredited MSW program since 1963.

#26. Ohio State University

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Located in the city of Columbus, the MSW program at Ohio State has enrollment options that range from advanced standing (three semesters) to part-time program lengths of up to four years. Students make statewide connections at more than 700 field placement agencies, and pick from a good variety of course options. The Gourman Report ranked this school #11, while U.S. News and World Report put them in a tie for 26th place.

MSW Program Overview
The curriculum in this program is flexible and diverse. MSW program participants choose from four areas of specialization; Aging & Health, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Child & Youth Services, or Community & Social Justice. All students will also select from courses approaching these issues from both the micro and macro levels of practice, and coursework is rounded out with choices from a list of 30 electives. Students at Ohio State can also pursue specialized training in school social work, child welfare, or the interdisciplinary study of aging. The MSW can even be combined with other disciplines to create dual-degrees in Public Health, Public Affairs, or City & Regional Planning. To top it all off, Ohio State has also developed a vibrant international program that participates in both scholar exchange and study-abroad programs and offering an “international track” within the traditional MSW course load. Students are able to pursue their own individual interests within the structure of an established academic leader.

Accreditation
Ohio State’s MSW program has been accredited by the CWSE and its predecessor since 1919.

 

#27. New York University – Silver School of Social Work

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NYU’s Silver School of Social Work offers a premiere MSW program within a private, research-based university atmosphere. Located in the heart of New York City, this urban program has focused on social justice issues in the city for decades. U.S. News and World Report put them in a tie for 16th place on their list.

MSW Program Overview
NYU’s Silver School offers a clinically focused, research-informed program. The original direct-practice emphasis of the school is still evident today in their curriculum, but there are also new focus areas including policy, integrated health/behavioral healthcare, and global social work. There are six different ways to pursue a degree, from advanced standing (16 month) to a 32 month part-time program. The Silver School maintains its clinical emphasis through its excellent field programs, which offer specializations in practice areas such as Children & Families, Adolescents in Schools, Substance Abuse, LGBTQ Populations, End-of-Life Care, Mental Health, and Macro/Micro Practice in Organizations. Dual degrees are available in Law, Public Administration, Public Health, and Child Development. With connections to community agencies across the city, NYU is able to support one of the most dynamic internship programs in the country. You can even spend the first year of the degree program at the new NYU-Shanghai campus – as long as you are fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

Accreditation
The Silver School of Social Work has been accredited by the CWSE since 1955.

 

#28. The State University of New York – Buffalo

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The SUNY-Buffalo MSW Program combines the benefits of a research university with low in-state tuition. Located on the northeast shores of Lake Erie, students can play on the lake (in warm weather) or take easy day trips to Toronto. U.S. News and World Report ranked this program as tied for #26.

MSW Program Overview
The School of Social Work at SUNY-Buffalo has revised their program in recent years to reflect a cutting-edge synthesis between trauma-informed and human rights perspectives. This innovative approach distinguishes Buffalo from other programs, and brings them into communication with the international knowledge base of the profession. Evidence of this unique lens is can be seen throughout the MSW curriculum. International study and internship experiences can be pursued in locations as diverse as Brazil, Moldova, and Canada, and dual degrees are offered in law, business, and public health. MSW students are invited to participate in and create research projects through the Buffalo Center for Social Research. SUNY-Buffalo is an active research community that has demonstrated a willingness to allow research to inform change as it grows into the future.

Accreditation
SUNY-Buffalo’s MSW program has been accredited by the CWSE and its predecessors since 1934.

 

#29. The State University of New York – Albany

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The School of Social Welfare at SUNY-Albany offers an urban-based MSW program with a highly respected and active faculty. As part of the state university system, tuition is relatively affordable. U.S. News and World Report ranked this school as tied for #24.

MSW Program Overview
The SUNY-Albany program offers courses and research opportunities to meet a wide range of interests. There are full-time, part-time, and advanced standing options; all students will choose between clinical practice and organizational management as their area of concentration. The Internships in Aging Project offers a degree specialization in gerontology, while interdisciplinary certificates are available in public affairs and policy, nonprofit management, and health disparities. Dual degrees can be pursued in criminal justice, law, public health, and bio-ethics. The school has eight different research centers, with focuses ranging from mental health to homelessness to aging, and the faculty have been ranked in the top 5% in the nation for their research productivity. Their relationships with agencies across the city enhances field internships, and helps this MSW program graduate well-prepared and well-connected social workers.

Accreditation
The SUNY-Albany MSW program has been accredited by the CWSE since 1968.

 

#30. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public land-grant university in the Big Ten Conference. This is the flagship campus in the University of Illinois system. The School of Social Work offers a dynamic, research-informed MSW program that earned a #16 ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

MSW Program Overview
The School of Social Work at the University of Illinois offers five areas of concentration for MSW specialization: students pick from Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change, Children, Youth, and Families, Mental Health, Health Care, or School Social Work. In an innovative twist, the field program is completely separated from semesters of coursework to allow for total immersion in the field placements. In keeping with the university-wide emphasis on research, the school developed the Children & Family Research Center in 1996 through a collaboration with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services. This Center continues to provide opportunities to MSW students to work with faculty and other professionals on research projects and community initiatives.

Accreditation
The University of Illinois’ flagship campus has offered a fully accredited MSW program since 1946.

#31. The University of Utah

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The College of Social Work at the University of Utah has been providing social work education since 1937. Located in Salt Lake City, the university has connections to over 300 local and global social service agencies, as well as unlimited outdoor opportunities in the Wasatch Mountains and skiing in nearby Park City. The Gourman Report ranked this program at #21 in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
MSW students at the University of Utah will find a wide range of specializations and field placements to choose from. After working through some generalist foundational courses, students can focus their studies on a number of areas including forensic social work, global social work, aging, mental health, and substance abuse. Graduate certificates can be pursued in women’s health and disability studies, and the university also offers dual degrees in public health, public administration, and law. The College of Social Work has screened and accepted over 300 agencies to its field internship program, all of which have demonstrated a commitment to the same values of diversity and social justice that inform the mission of the program. The rich history of the school, and it’s beautiful mountain location, combine to make the University of Utah a great choice for graduate social work studies.

Accreditation
The MSW program at the University of Utah has been fully accredited since 1940.

 

#32. Saint Louis University

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Saint Louis University is a private Jesuit university with a research focus. Their school of Social Work offers a strong MSW program with a number of dual-degree and certificate options. The Gourman Report ranked this program at #18.

MSW Program Overview
This program has a strong commitment to social justice that is informed by their Jesuit heritage. After taking foundational courses, students choose between clinical, community and organization, or applied behavior analysis as their area of concentration. Seven diverse areas of specialization are offered, addressing issues such as trauma informed care and nonprofit administration. The dual-degrees available include law, public health, and pastoral studies. The full-time program is two years long, but up to 18 credits can be waived for students with a BSW degrees. As a research university, faculty at the School of Social Work are actively researching topics such as community development, diversity, and poverty. The School also operates the Doerr Center for Social Justice Education and Research, which sponsors discussions and fosters community engagements while providing a variety of scholarships for MSW students.

Accreditation
Saint Louis University has been accredited by the CWSE to confer the MSW degree since 1974.

 

#33. The University of Louisville

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The Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville was founded in 1936, and has a strong and growing tradition of leadership in social work education. Louisville is a public research university with an urban location, and its research initiatives are well-funded with considerable federal support. U.S. News and World Report ranked this school at #37.

MSW Program Overview
The diverse program of study at the Kent School of Social Work allows MSW students to specialize in Marriage and Family Therapy, Military Social Work, School Social Work, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Gerontology, or Psychosocial Oncology. Dual-degrees are available in law, bioethics, women’s and gender studies, and pan-African studies, as well as an MSW/MDIV through a collaboration with the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. The international program participates in two-week scholar exchanges with universities around the world. Strengths of the Kent School include research on health disparities and aging, and the school has the only endowed chair in oncology social work in the nation.

Accreditation
The University of Louisville has offered a fully accredited MSW program since 1937.

#34. Michigan State University

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Michigan State in East Lansing has a beautiful 5,000 acre campus, located just minutes from the capital city of Lansing. Founded in 1855, this is one of the original land-grant universities in the United States. The Gourman Report ranks this program at #17, while U.S. News and World Report placed them in a tie for #26.

MSW Program Overview
Students in the MSW program at Michigan State begin with generalist studies before choosing a concentration in either Clinical Social Work or Organizational and Community Practice. Specialized study is offered in areas such as family therapy, infant mental health, school social work, law and social work (including a JD/MSW degree), and gerontology. Internships in these and other practice areas are offered through MSU’s established field program, and easy access to the state capital enhances opportunities for students to become involved with political advocacy and policy work. Program lengths run from one year for advanced standing, two years for full-time and three years in the part-time program. The university also offers a weekend MSW program, and even satellite programs in the three cities of Flint, Oakland, and Saginaw.

Accreditation
Michigan State’s MSW program has been accredited by the CWSE since 1952.

#35. Yeshiva University

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The Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University has been a leader in social work education since 1957. With roots as a training school for group workers in New York City’s Jewish Community Centers, Yeshiva quickly expanded their program to offer a full curriculum of graduate social work studies. The Gourman Report ranked this university’s MSW program as the 13th best in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
Yeshiva’s Wurzweiler School confers and MSW degree with emphasis areas of clinical settings, group work, or community organization. Additional certification opportunities are offered in gerontology, child welfare, Jewish philanthropy, Jewish communal service, and social work in military settings. Full-time, part-time, and advanced standing enrollment is available, as well as a “summer block program” that uses three consecutive summers to complete all classroom work, with the fall and spring semesters focusing on field internships around the city. Yeshiva is a private research university originally founded as an institution for Jewish scholarship, but students come from many backgrounds, and the university welcomes every race, faith, orientation and creed. The university does like to highlight the contributions of Jewish thought to social work, and all students are required to take “Jewish Social Philosophy” in their second year. There is also a unique “interdenominational clergy” program that offers clergy supervision to interested students.

Accreditation
Yeshiva University’s MSW program first received its CWSE accreditation in 1959.

 

#36. University of Illinois – Chicago

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The city of Chicago has a number of good social work programs, and this one certainly deserves to make the list. U.S. News ranked this school at #24, while the Gourman Report gave them 26th place.

MSW Program Overview
The Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illionois Chicago takes it’s name from the pioneering founder of the profession, whose life work included a focus on the city’s poorest citizens. The College carries that tradition forward, and offers concentration studies in child & family, community development, mental health, and school social work. There are also unique interdisciplinary concentrations available in gender & women’s studies and violence studies. There are several schedule options, including a “P.M.” schedule that schedules coursework in the evenings. With the diversity of the city at it’s doorstep, students in this program will have no problem finding field internships that align with their own interests

Accreditation
The University of Illinois Chicago has had an accredited masters program since 1946.

#37. Catholic University of America

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The National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University of America is located in Washington, D.C. and offers unparalleled proximity to the political engines of the nation. Founded in 1918, the School of Social Service offers a unique balance of social work professional ideals and Catholic social teaching. The Gourman Report ranked this program as the 16th best in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
MSW students come to Catholic University from all faiths and many nations. After completing foundational courses, students choose between policy and management, clinical practice, or a “combined” focus for their advanced studies. Students on the clinical track can specialize even further by choosing to study either “clinical health” or “clinical military”. The School of Social Service also operates six research centers addressing issues such as international social development, spirituality and social work, and global issues of aging. In these centers students have the opportunity to work with faculty on cutting-edge research and educational initiatives. The school’s location in the national capital gives students an unmatched selection of internships, not only in placements related to public policy but also in world-renowned agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Catholic Charities, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Whitman Walker Clinics. It’s not difficult to imagine why many graduates begin their careers within the same agencies that have supported their education.

Accreditation
Catholic University of America has been accredited by the CWSE and its predecessors to confer the MSW degree since 1923.

 

#38. The University of Iowa

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Located in the friendly college town of Iowa City, the University of Iowa offers an excellent social work program in the heart of the Midwest. With a history that dates back to 1913, this program has continued to innovate and grow. U.S. News and World Report placed them in a tie for #44.

MSW Program Overview
Over the years, the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa has developed a broad, eclectic MSW program. Areas of emphasis include family & child welfare, organizations & communities, aging/end-of-life care, health/mental health, and diversity & social justice. The school offers a graduate certificate in culturally competent practice, co-sponsors a conference on Latino issues, operates the Aging Studies Program and has developed an end-of-life care field of practice to address the growing need for social workers in trained in this specialization. International service learning projects are offered in Mexico and India. The university is also the home of the influential National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice, and was recently awarded a major federal grant to create the National Resource Center for In-Home Services. The national research and training center’s elevate the profile of the campus and provide unique learning and service opportunities to students. The school also sponsors Wild Bill’s Coffeeshop in Iowa City, a business with 13 physically and intellectually disabled employees that seeks empowerment through inclusion.

Accreditation
The University of Iowa’s MSW program has been accredited by the CWSE and its predecessor since 1951.

#39. Florida State University

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Founded in 1928, the College of Social Work at Florida State University is the oldest social work program in the state. This research-focused public university has affordable in-state tuition and sits in the state capital city of Tallahassee. The Gourman Report ranked this school 24th, while U.S. News and World Report placed them in a tie for #44.

MSW Program Overview
Students in the program at Florida State choose between the clinical concentration and social policy/administration. Within these two broad categories there are a number of ways to personalize the degree; certificate programs are offered in child welfare, gerontology, and “leadership in executive and administrative development” (LEAD). Other specialized areas of study include arts and community practice and family social work practice. Florida State also offers dual masters degree in business, law, criminology, and public administration. The international program gives students opportunities to study and intern in locations as diverse as Costa Rica and Prague, and offers alternative spring break projects as well – in 2015 they’re going to Grenada. The stateside field program is equally impressive, and some of the agencies even offer stipends to their interns.

Accreditation
Florida State’s MSW program has been accredited by the CWSE since 1974.

 

#40. Bryn Mawr College

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Bryn Mawr is a small, private Quaker college located just outside of Philadelphia. While undergraduate programs admit only women, the graduate schools are open to men as well. This college was the first in the nation to offer a doctoral degree in social work. The Gourman Report ranked them at #31, while U.S. News and World Report placed them in a tie for #37.

MSW Program Overview
Founded on Quaker principles of equality and social justice, the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College is supported by the College’s historic commitment to social responsibility. Concentrations are chosen from either clinical or community practice, policy, and advocacy, and this choice will guide the second year of study. Students here will find small class sizes and dedicated faculty, and can pursue additional certification in social work and law, organizational management, and as home and school visitors. A dual degree is offered in public health. Fellowships are available through the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) and the Center for Child and Family Well-being. The School of Social Work will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015, and while still true to its roots the school has a modern curriculum that address the social complexity of the 21st century.

Accreditation
Bryn Mawr College has offered an MSW program accredited by the CWSE and its predecessors since 1919.

 

#41. Arizona State University

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Arizona State is a public research university inside the Phoenix city limits. This university offers the only accredited MSW program in the state of Arizona, and faculty are actively involved in research and instruction specific to the populations of the Southwest. U.S. News and World Report ranked them at #44.

MSW Program Overview
Students in this program choose between a clinical or an administrative concentration before embarking on their advanced year of studies. Students on the clinical track will further refine their choice to focus on children and families, adult health/behavioral health, or public child welfare. Some of the available certificate programs include Latino Cultural Competency, Trauma and Bereavement, and Gerontology, and dual-degrees are offered in law and public health. The school also operates a number of innovative community and research initiatives, including the Office of Forensic Social Work, the Office of American Indian Projects, and the Southwest Collaborative on Immigration, Inequality and Poverty. As an active research community that is focusing on the needs specific to their Southwest culture, the School of Social Work at Arizona State brings students into a dynamic and symbiotic relationship with local populations.

Accreditation
Arizona State’s MSW program has been accredited by the CWSE since 1965.

 

#42. The University of Georgia

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Situated in the picturesque college town of Athens, the University of Georgia offers an MSW program that just celebrated its 50th anniversary. U.S. News and World Report placed this program in a tie for #37.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Georgia’s School of Social Work offers students a nice variety of coursework on a beautiful, shady campus that sits right on the edge of downtown Athens. A number of graduate certificates can be pursued in areas such as global health, gerontology, disability studies, marriage and family therapy, or nonprofit management through the university’s own Institute for Nonprofit Organizations. The robust global studies program could take you to Northern Ireland, Ghana, South Africa, or Peru, while a variety of service-learning projects let you earn credits while getting involved in local causes. Dual degrees are offered in public health and law. This is a reputable program with almost 50 years of experience, and the friendliness of the local southern culture just sweetens the experience of college life at UGA.

Accreditation
The University of Georgia’s MSW program became accredited by the CWSE in 1966.

#43. The University of Kansas

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The School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas offers a competitive MSW program. Located in the friendly college town of Lawrence, KU is a public research university that overlooks the city from a plateau rising above the downtown area. U.S. News and World Report ranked this program #26.

MSW Program Overview
MSW students at KU benefit from all the perks of enrollment in a major public research hub. After completing foundation courses, all students choose between clinical practice or administrative and advocacy concentrations. Those who study clinical social work will focus on either children and families, health/mental health, or aging. The full-time program will take two years to complete, but there is an advanced standing option for those already awarded a bachelor’s degree in social work. The one dual-degree on offer is an MSW/JD (law) degree, which can be completed in four years. The full-time MSW program is also offered on the Edwards campus in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City. The Edwards campus program schedules classes on evenings and weekends to support the enrollment of working adults.

Accreditation
The MSW program at the University of Kansas was first accredited by the CWSE in 1974.

 

#44. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

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Indiana-Purdue University in Indianapolis is a major research university that houses one of the oldest social work programs in the nation. They offer a dynamic MSW curriculum that was recognized with a #26 ranking by U.S. News and World Report.

MSW Program Overview
Indiana-Purdue offers a number of scheduling options to students, from advanced standing to weekend-only programs. There are five available areas of concentration, including mental health & addictions, school social work, health, leadership, and child welfare. Joint degrees can be pursued in law and public health. The MSW program is offered at several campuses around the state, but the Indianapolis campus offers the full range of options and the benefits of long-standing field-placement relationships with local social-service agencies.

Accreditation
IUPUI’s School of Social Work has offered an accredited MSW program since 1923.

 

#45. Howard University

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Howard is a private, historically black university in Washington D.C. Their School of Social Work was established in 1935, during a period of major social policy changes in the United States. The Gourman Report ranked this school at #30, while U.S. News placed them in a tie for #33.

MSW Program Overview
Howard University’s social work program focuses on issues of social justice and human rights, with an emphasis on poverty. Students at Howard can focus on micro or macro social problems, and choose a specialization of criminal justice, displace populations, family and child welfare, social work in health care settings, mental health, or social gerontology. The field program is well-connected to the wide variety of social service agencies in our nation’s capital city. Some unique opportunities at Howard include an alternative spring break in Cape Town, South Africa, and the chance to work with the E. Franklin Frazier Center for Social Work Research or the Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center. With a long and rich history, Howard University’s School of Social Work continues to provide an excellent education informed by the “Black Perspective”.

Accreditation
Howard University’s MSW program first received its accreditation from CWSE predecessors in 1940.

 

#46. The University of Houston

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The Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston has developed a vibrant and diverse MSW program that rates very highly in the state of Texas. This program offers some unique concentrations and access to diverse populations through their field programs. U.S. News and World Report put this program in a tie for #37.

MSW Program Overview
Students in the Graduate College of Social Work take just one semester (15 credits) of foundation courses before choosing between Clinical and Macro concentrations and beginning their advanced coursework. Both concentrations offer a wide selection of elective courses. Specializations can be pursued in Gerontology, Health Disparities, Political Social Work, or Social Work Practice with Latinos. The available dual degrees combine the MSW with graduate degrees in law, public health, or business. The College has connections with over 400 social service agencies in the Houston area, so internship opportunities are unlimited. There is no advanced standing program, but students can enroll as full-time or part-time, and can even choose the “Weekend College” that allows them to continue working by keeping their weekdays free. With its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, spring break is never very far away.

Accreditation
The University of Houston first received CWSE accreditation for its MSW program in 1970.

#47. The University of Connecticut

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The University Of Connecticut is a public land and sea grant research school. Their School of Social Work is located on the Greater Hartford campus, affording easy access to the diversity of the capital city of Hartford. U.S. News and World report placed this program in a tie for 37th in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work has designed an MSW program that offers great course diversity in an urban location. Concentrations address both micro and macro concerns and include Casework, Group Work, Policy, Community Practice, and Administration. Additional opportunities for study and civic engagement are afforded through the university’s own Institute for Political Social Work, as well as the Center for International Social Work Studies. Dual degrees can be pursued in public health, business, and law, and a collaberation with the Yale Divinity SChool creates a combined MSW/Divinity degree. With a variety of program lengths including a “summer block” schedule, the Uconn School of Social Work is likely to have a program that meets your needs.

Accreditation
Uconn’s MSW program was first accredited by the predecessor to the CWSE in 1949.

 

#48. Portland State University

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The only MSW program in the state of Oregon is a good one, and they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Portland State offers a diverse urban environment with lots of social/recreational opportunities for students. U.S. News and World Report put this school in a tie for 33rd place.

MSW Program Overview
Students at Portland State can complete the MSW program at their own pace (one to four years), and choose from community organization, health across the lifespan, or children, youth & families as their area of concentration. In addition, select coursework can lead to a certificate in gerontology or licensure to practice in schools. A dual degree is offered in public health. Portland State also offers an innovative “Peace Corps Masters International” MSW program through a collaboration with the Peace Corps that allows students to get field credits while they serve overseas.

Accreditation
Portland State is celebrating their 50th anniversary and has been accredited by the CWSE since 1964.

#49. The University of Tennessee

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The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is the state’s flagship land-grant campus. At less than an hour’s drive from the Great Smoky Mountains, the university has both a great social work program and a great location. U.S. News placed this school in a tie for #37.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work offers a selection of full-time, part-time and advanced standing program options. All students choose between clinical or macro concentrations for their advanced studies; the college offers specialized competencies through programs in Gerontology, School Licensure, Trauma, and even Veterinary Social Work. Student will also find opportunities through the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service and the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center. There are ways to study abroad through the Global Initiatives program, although the college’s connection to over 400 social service agencies through their field program will offer plenty of selection if you decide to keep it local.

Accreditation
The University of Tennessee has been accredited by the CWSE and its predecessors to award the MSW degree since 1945.

#50. Wayne State University

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Wayne State University has an urban location in the city of Detroit. Their School of Social Work has created a program with strong field internships and connections to the community. U.S. News and World Report put this school in a tie for #37 in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
Wayne State offers both full and part-time program options, with a length of 2-4 years. As the core curriculum nears completion, students choose between a concentration on micro and macro social problems for their advanced studies. This program offers some unique interdisciplinary graduate certificates, including Infant Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Certificates can also be pursued in Gerontology and Alcohol & Drug Studies. The field program makes good use of the school’s connection to social service agencies across the city, and the continuing education program brings in professionals for lectures and workshops throughout the calendar year.

Accreditation
Wayne State’s MSW program has been accredited by the CWSE and its predecessors since 1942.

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