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The 15 Best Affordable Online Master’s in Social Work

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An online master’s in social work can increase your earnings by 25% over a bachelor’s but can cost as much as $104,205! According to Paycale, graduates pull in a decent average salary of $51,000. Even so, it pays to do your research before choosing your social work degree to keep student loan debt low.

GetEducated compared 26 master’s programs in social work from 26 regionally accredited online schools to create this ‘Best Buy’ list. Our rankings reveal the most affordable options in the United States—15 online master’s in social work for under $43,000.

Average Cost (In-state): $43,884.81
Least Expensive: The University of Alabama ~$22,020.00
Most Expensive: University of Southern California ~$104,205.00

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest online master’s in social work. The online degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2017 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Online Master’s in Social Work

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
The University of Alabama
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Texas State University
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
University of Central Florida
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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
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Humboldt State University
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University of North Dakota
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Campbellsville University
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Indiana Wesleyan University
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Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
California State University-San Bernardino
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Indiana University Online
Brescia University
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University of Louisville
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NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
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California State University-Northridge
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Capella University
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University of New Hampshire
Boston University
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Our Lady of the Lake University - San Antonio
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Widener University
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Temple University
University of New England
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Rutgers University
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Case Western Reserve University
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University of Southern California
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Accreditation Note: To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.

5 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Fall 2016 review of regionally accredited online social work programs. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online master’s degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules.

The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

Editorial Note: Online schools do NOT pay to be included in any GetEducated online degree ranking. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any regionally accredited or candidate college that offers a master’s degree that is available at least 80 percent through online learning and that is open to enrollment by the public. If your online college is regionally accredited and not currently reviewed by GetEducated, please contact us for inclusion.

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