RALEIGH, N.C., June 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Best MSW Programs (http://www.bestmswprograms.com), an independent online guide to the best choices for prospective MSW students, is pleased to share their 25 Best Online MSW Programs 2017 at http://www.bestmswprograms.com/best-online-msw-programs-ranking/.
The need for qualified social workers in government, nonprofit, and other settings remains persistent as aid programs change and the entire system continually fluctuates. Good social workers need to not only be compassionate, caring, and competent--they also need to be constantly learning, improving their skills and knowledge of the field. For this reason, the MSW degree has become paramount in the social work field, with leadership and administrative positions requiring this higher degree, in most cases. Working professionals in social work are turning to online degrees to further their education and add credentials, but navigating the world of online education can be confusing. As a solution to this problem, Best MSW Programs has compiled the 2017 ranking of the 25 Best Online MSW programs, bringing prospective MSW students information they can trust.
The Best Online MSW ranking is based on three metrics: the social work ranking according to US News & World Report 2016 Grad School; tuition cost; and alumni salary data according to the College Scorecard website. For this ranking, priority was given to institutions accredited by the CSWE.
Without further ado, the top three Best Online MSW Programs for 2017 are: 1) Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts; 2) University at Buffalo (SUNY) in Buffalo, New York; and 3) University of Houston in Houston, Texas.
The full list, in alphabetical order, is as follows:
Arizona State University - Phoenix, AZ
Boston University - Boston, MA
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH
Catholic University of America - Washington, DC
Columbia University - New York, NY
Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL
Fordham University - New York, NY
Indiana University - Indianapolis, IN
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge - Baton Rouge, LA
Portland State University - Portland, OR
Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ
Simmons College - Boston, MA
Texas State University - San Marcos, TX
University at Buffalo (SUNY) - Buffalo, NY
University of Alaska Anchorage - Anchorage, AK
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, AR
University of Central Florida - Orlando, FL
University of Denver - Denver, CO
University of Houston - Houston, TX
University of Louisville ñ Louisville, KY
University of Missouri - Columbia, MO
University of Nevada - Reno, NV
University of New Hampshire - Durham, NH
University of North Dakota - Grand Forks, ND
University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN
As author Julian Shroer explains, social work is one of the most important, and usually unsung, occupations in a civilized democracy. "[Social workers] help provide individuals, families, and communities access to the services they need, whether for mental health, financial stability, or social welfare," says Shroer. While social work is not considered a glamorous career choice, the field is growing by 12%, with new jobs continually coming available. PayScale reports that MSW degree holders can earn average salaries of more than $60,000, but higher levels of responsibility and earning in this field require an MSW. This leads many career social workers to return to school to earn the credential that will help them advance. Online degrees allow working adults to earn these higher credentials without putting their career on hold. Best MSW Programs has compiled a definitive list of the best online programs to serve as a resource for prospective students in this field.
Best MSW Programs is designed and developed to help prospective MSW students--whether they are working professionals in the field, new graduates, or traditional and non-traditional students of all kinds--to find the very best residential and online MSW programs to help them progress in their careers and service. Best MSW Programs is entirely unaffiliated with any college, university, or educational institution, bringing completely independent and unbiased rankings of degree programs, guides to scholarship opportunities, and advice on all aspects of the MSW experience.
Carrie Sealey-Morris, editor
Best MSW Programs
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