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This list covers undergraduate programs in social work that prepare graduates for governmental and community agencies specializing in social change. Degrees offered include Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work. All programs are delivered online.

Accreditation is given to educational institutions that uphold a high academic standard. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the leading national accreditor of undergraduate and graduate social work degree programs. They also provided leadership and professional development opportunities in the field. Other programs on our list are accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

We evaluated each program on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100. Our top picks for the best Social Work Degree program are affordable, respected, and flexible. (For a more extensive explanation, check out Our Ranking Methodology.)

  • 64 hours to write this article
  • 201 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 394 education programs we compared

The Top 65 Social Work Degree Programs

Best Social Work Degree Programs
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The University of Texas at Austin

intelligent score 99.67

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Programs Bachelor of Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 122 credits

Department Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Estimated Cost per Credit $900.33 per credit

accreditation Council on Social Work Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 512-471-5457

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Programs Bachelor of Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 122 credits

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Chatham University

intelligent score 99.34

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Programs Bachelor of Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

Department School of Arts, Science & Business

Estimated Cost per Credit $1,970.46 per credit

accreditation Council on Social Work Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 800-837-1290

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Programs Bachelor of Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

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Calvin University

intelligent score 98.85

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Programs Bachelor of Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 124 credits

Department Departments of Social Work

Estimated Cost per Credit $542 per credit

accreditation Council on Social Work Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 616-526-6106

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Programs Bachelor of Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 124 credits

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The University of Alabama

intelligent score 98.01

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

Programs Bachelor of Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

Department School of Social Work

Estimated Cost per Credit In-State: $545 per credit; Out-of-State: $1,330 per credit

accreditation Council on Social Work Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 205-348-7027

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Programs Bachelor of Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

intelligent score 97.57

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Programs Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

Department School of Social Work

Estimated Cost per Credit In-State: $623.63 per credit; Out-of-State: $1,032.63 per credit

accreditation Council of Social Work Education-Commission on Accreditation

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 888-882-4026

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Programs Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

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Augusta University

intelligent score 97.27

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Programs Bachelor of Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 124 credits

Department Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Estimated Cost per Credit In-State: $229.73 per credit; Out-of-State: $742.33 per credit

accreditation Council on Social Work Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 706-737-1735

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Programs Bachelor of Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 124 credits

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Winston-Salem State University

intelligent score 96.62

Award Best in the Southeast

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Programs Bachelor of Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

Department School of Health Sciences

Estimated Cost per Credit In-State: $425.13 per credit; Out-of-State: $1,706 per credit

accreditation Council on Social Work Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 336-750-2074

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Programs Bachelor of Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

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Goshen College

intelligent score 96.59

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Programs Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

Department Adult & Continuing Studies

Estimated Cost per Credit $460 per credit

accreditation Council on Social Work Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 574-535-7458

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Programs Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

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San Diego State University

intelligent score 96.47

Award Best for Environmental Social Work

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Major

Required Credits to Graduate 65 units

Department School of Social Work

Estimated Cost per Credit $424.83 per unit

accreditation Council on Social Work Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 619-594-6865

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Major

Required Credits to Graduate 65 units

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Fordham University

intelligent score 96.2

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 124 credits

Department Graduate School of Social Service

Estimated Cost per Credit $945 per credit

accreditation Council on Social Work Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 718-817-4000

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Required Credits to Graduate 124 credits

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Best Electives
Rutgers University
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Best Fellowships
University of Pittsburgh
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Best for Child Development
Adelphi University
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Best in the Northeast
SUNY at Albany - State University of New York
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Best for Child Welfare
Azusa Pacific University
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Best JD/MSW Dual Degree Program
University at Buffalo
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Best for Online Learning
Case Western Reserve University
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Best Religious Institution
Catholic University of America
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Best for Working in Rural Communities
University of Denver
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Best for Community Mental Health
California State University, Fullerton
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Best Facilities
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
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Best Student Organizations
Monmouth University
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Best for Housing
Portland State University
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Best for Public Affairs
UCLA
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Best for Psychology Dual Major
Social Work - UMBC
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Best Ivy League Institution
University of Pennsylvania
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Best Advanced Standing Program
University of Southern California
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Best for Health Disparities Research
The University of Texas at San Antonio
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Best for Family Services
Virginia Commonwealth University
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Best Hybrid Program
Bemidji State University
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Best Bachelor's Degree Program
The University of Iowa - School of Social Work
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Best Public Institution
University of North Dakota
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Best in the Southwest
Northern Arizona University
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Best for Transfer Students
Briar Cliff University
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Best Christian Institution
Brescia University
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Best Faculty
Touro University Worldwide
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Most Rigorous Curriculum
George Mason University
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Best Student Organizations
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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Best for Field Experiences
University of Georgia
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Best for Social Justice Advocacy
College of Social Work - The University of Utah
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Best for Addiction Counseling
Colorado State University
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Best in the Midwest
Michigan State University
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Best Master's Degree Program
NC State University
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Best Job Placement Rate
NYU Silver School of Social Work
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Best in the Northwest
University of Washington
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Best Alumni Network
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Best for Study Abroad
Arizona State University
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Best Private Institution
Baylor University
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Best in the West
California State University, Long Beach
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Best Ph.D. Program
Florida State University
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Best for School Social Work
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Best Advisors
The University of Kansas
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Best for Volunteer Opportunities
Loyola University Chicago
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Best for Global Issues
The Ohio State University
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Best for Public Health
Stony Brook Medicine
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Most Affordable Program
University of South Florida
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Best Mentoring Program
Appalachian State University
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Best for International Students
University of California, Berkeley
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Best for Civic Engagement
James Madison University
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Best for Research Opportunities
Marist College
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Best for Gerontology
University of Missouri
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Best for Nonprofit Organization Studies
The University of Oklahoma
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Best for Veterans
Ramapo College of New Jersey
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Best for Experiential Learning
Syracuse University - Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics
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Best for Comparative Race/Ethnic Studies
Texas Christian University

 

What You Should Know About This Degree

When choosing a career path focused on helping others, you should also consider pursuing an undergraduate degree in psychology. While both programs focus on human behavior and well-being, the field of psychology focuses closely on mental health. Social workers provide counseling and work with individuals and groups to identify and implement solutions that help them deal with problems. Psychologists work most frequently with individuals and use diagnostic testing to uncover and treat specific issues. Both social work and psychology require students to complete a master’s degree and licensure to practice and treat patients legally. Licensing for social workers is provided by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) offers certifications that provide graduates with specialized training in different social work areas. Certifications also help graduates demonstrate their expertise for potential employers. Students should consider obtaining certifications such as Certified Social Work Case Manager, Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager, and Certified Clinical Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Social Worker. Certain credentials such as the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW) certifications require NASW membership.

The job outlook for social workers over the next decade is positive. The demand for mental health and substance abuse social workers is projected to grow by 17%, which is significantly higher than the predicted job growth for all other occupations.

What’s Next?

Ask yourself these questions when researching degree programs in social work:

  • Am I eligible for this program? Students from all educational backgrounds can pursue an undergraduate degree in social work. Most programs require students to hold a high school diploma or GED. Some programs may also require a minimum GPA and standardized test scores.
  • How long does it take to complete this online degree? Undergraduate programs in social work take four years of full-time study. Many aspiring professionals will also pursue a two-year master’s degree program. The programs on our list require 120 credits to graduate.

Entry requirements and application deadlines vary for each program. Visit the school’s website or contact the admissions department for detailed information about the program to which you’re applying.

Consider how you’ll cover the cost of your education. Funding opportunities include scholarships, grants, and work-study programs. You might also be eligible for federal funds; submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to find out.