Top Social Work Masters degree Programs - 2022

Social Work programs prepare individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

While Social Work has degrees up to the Doctors degree professional practice, the majority of students earn a Masters degree. Students major in Social Work all over the country, though the major at the Masters degree level sees the most graduates in New York. The average annual income for a graduate with a bachelor's degree in Social Work is $33,800.

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32,202
Total Males
4,110
Total Females
28,092

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  • Total Masters degree

    32,202

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See where Social Work is the most popular major in the U.S.
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Top Colleges for Social Work

Tulane University of Louisiana is a top choice for students who want to study Social Work. Students can earn up to a Doctors degree professional practice at the school. Tulane University of Louisiana grants around 99 Masters degrees to students majoring in Social Work per year. However, the University of St Thomas and California State University-Chico are also options to consider. Take a look at the college options in the table below.

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Careers for Social Work Majors

The highest paying careers for Social Work majors include Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary, Social and Community Service Managers and Social Workers, All Other. However, something else to consider is how much demand there is for specific careers. Jobs that are in high need that a degree in Social Work can prepare you for are Child, Family, and School Social Workers, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers and Healthcare Social Workers.

Top Paying Careers for Social Work

  1. Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary   (Median Wage: $71,570)
  2. Social and Community Service Managers   (Median Wage: $69,600)
  3. Social Workers, All Other   (Median Wage: $64,210)
  4. Healthcare Social Workers   (Median Wage: $57,630)
  5. Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists   (Median Wage: $55,690)
  6. Marriage and Family Therapists   (Median Wage: $51,340)
  7. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers   (Median Wage: $48,720)
  8. Child, Family, and School Social Workers   (Median Wage: $48,430)
  9. Counselors, All Other   (Median Wage: $45,760)
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