Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Schools & Job Training  > Masters in Social Work

Masters in Social Work Cost


How Much Does a Masters in Social Work Cost?

 
low costLow: Graduate Tuition Averages $13,800 a Year at Public Universitiesaverage costMedium: Graduate Tuition Averages $36,300 a Year at Private Universities
post Post   Comments (1)  

Social workers can choose from a wide variety of positions, including private counseling, case management and community activism. Social work is also part of the growing heath care professional field, and the employment outlook for people who hold an MSW is considered good according to the federal government's Occupational Outlook Handbook . Social workers also get the satisfaction of assisting clients who are in need or in transition[1] : they help the homeless find shelter, assist children in distress, and counsel people through mental illnesses or the loss of a loved one. As the OOH also notes, a master of social work is required for almost all social work positions.

Typical costs:

  • Tuition and fees for a master's degree program average $13,800 a year at public universities and $36,300 a year at private universities, according to the National Center for Education Services.
  • There are currently 186 MSW programs[2] accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • At the University of Michigan, the top-ranked state, and second-ranked overall MSW program, according to U.S. News and World Report[3] , tuition[4] is about $20,000 a year for Michigan residents and $32,000 for out-of-state residents.
  • Compare that tuition to $30,180 per year at Washington University[5] , ranked number one according to U.S. News and World Report.
  • In the top ten alone there were five state schools, charging from ,802 at the University of Washington[6] to ,200 at the University of California, Berkeley[7] for in-state residents.
  • Tuition costs listed above are annual, but most MSW programs last 2 years.
Related articles: College, Law School

What should be included:
  • Most programs require two years of fulltime study in the classroom and around 1000 hours of hands-on training in the field.
  • Hands-on internships are usually required.
Additional costs:
  • The MSW program at the University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, estimates that students will need about $21,000 for costs outside of tuition, including room, board, healthcare and books. Columbia offers a similar cost-of-living estimate[8] .In contrast, the University of Michigan estimates that students will need $13,000 for room, board and books[9] .
Discounts:
  • Fellowships are available for MSW students through organizations such as the National Association of Social Work [10] .
  • Some states offer loan forgiveness to social workers who meet specific criteria; New York State's program[11] forgives up to $26,000 of student loan debt for social workers.
  • Financial aid packages are offered to MSW students, and may include university assistance for tuition. Columbia University students, for example, received more than $2 million in university grant money[12] during the 2007-2008 academic year.
  • Some universities, such as Loyola University in Chicago offer an accelerated, one-year MSW for students who've already completed a BSW.
Shopping for a masters in social work:
  • The Guide to Selecting and Applying to Master of Social Work Programs[13] helps prospective students chose and apply to MSW programs.
  • In addition to U.S News and World Report[14] , the Princeton Review offers their Gourman Report of Graduate Programs[15] for rankings of MSW programs.
  • Remember that universities granting MSW degrees should be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • The New Social Worker[16] , an online magazine and networking site for social work professionals, also offers resources for prospective students.
post Post   Comments (1)  
CostHelper News


10 Quick and Inexpensive Home Makeover Projects To Do While At Home
You may not be able to host the large family gathering for the holidays, but there are still many ways to pick up items curbside to spruce up your indoor space for your everyday enjoyment and to bring a more festive spirit. || Posted December 30 2020


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Social work
Amount: $13,000.00 per year
Posted by: Lucy Jean Perez in Fresno, CA.Posted: May 23rd, 2020 08:05PM
School: Fresno State
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Masters in Social Work
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  * per year
School:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.bls.gov/ooh/Community-and-Social-Service/Social-workers.htm
  2.  www2.hawaii.edu/~smithml/msw.htm
  3.  grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools
  4.  ssw.umich.edu/finaid/msw/fees-expenses.html
  5.  news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/13263.aspx
  6.  socialwork.uw.edu
  7.  www.socialwelfare.berkeley.edu/admission/ad_mswfellow.htm
  8.  socialwork.columbia.edu
  9.  ssw.umich.edu/finaid/msw/fees-expenses.html
  10.  www.naswfoundation.org/national.asp
  11.  www.hesc.com/content.nsf/SFC/4/NYS_Licensed_Social_Worker_Loan_Forgiveness_Program
  12.  socialwork.columbia.edu
  13.  www.amazon.com/Selecting-Applying-Master-Social-Programs/dp/1929109016
  14.  grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools
  15.  www.socialpsychology.org/gsocwork.htm
  16.  www.socialworker.com/home/index.php
More Schools & Job Training Topics
Check Out All Costs for Schools & Job Training How Much Does Medical Assistant School Cost? How Much Does Community College Cost? How Much Does Pharmacy Technician School Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Radiologist Fee
Paid: 350.00
Any radiologist reading your mammogram will be at least $350. They have 11-13 years of training after high school before they begin work. If they are not board certified, watch out. Most are and it beats getting cancer... [more]
-Lowes Fan
Mammogram Cost
DIY Ceiling
Paid: 50.00
We bought a house with a cheap paint job. The ceilings were sprayed the same color as the walls. During COVID I painted the ceilings and a bathroom. A 120 square foot room took me about 4 hours (2 coats)... [more]
-Lowes Fan
Painting an Interior Cost
DIY vs Installed Small Deck
Paid: 3000.00
We paid $1300 for materials and $1700 for labor on a 100 square foot composite deck plus a redwood gate. It took 30 hours, done last year. My husband built a 100 sf heart redwood deck for about $1000 in materials in 2019... [more]
-Lowe's Fan
Redwood Deck Cost
Colposcopy with biopsy
Paid: 756.00
This service was wayy to expensive in my opinion. For a 20-25 minute total visit I had to pay out of pocked 756 - 187 to OBGYN, 229 to pathologist, then 340$ for facility fee or the hospital. I don't even know what that charge was for... [more]
-D S
Colposcopy Cost
Bilateral Diagnostic Mammogram and Third Mammogram
Paid: 1389.66
My 2021 bill, still in shock! Weill Cornell, in-network provider, billed my insurance $908 for a bilateral diagnostic mammogram, and $712 for a third mammogram one breast... [more]
-GinaF
Mammogram Cost
shoulder mri
Paid: 8000.00
Seriously, 8K for an MRI before all the secret insurance kicks in. I was stuck with a 1200 bill and my insurance is pretty good. This is insane for a 20 minute procedure with no nurse assistance... [more]
-stevej45
MRI Cost