The best social work programs based on future income.

We use government data and in-depth research to bring you top-rated CSWE-accredited schools based on median income and debt of actual social work graduates.

2020 Best Social Work Programs

We use student outcomes data from the U.S. Department of Education to help prospective social work students find the best programs based on median debt and median salaries.

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Become a Licensed Social Worker

Every state sets its own licensure requirements that prospective social workers must meet before they can be granted the right to practice. By browsing the various state social work pages, applicants will be able to find all the educational, examination, and supervisory requirements for the state they’re interested in practicing in, whether they want to obtain a LBSW, LMSW, LCSW, or LISW license.

Social Work Careers

Those interested in a career in social work will find that there are a number of career paths they can explore at the micro, mezzo, and macro level. Social workers collaborate with groups, individuals, families, and communities to facilitate a better quality of life. For those wishing to tackle injustices on a macro scale, careers in public policy or administration are an option. Others may be interested in effecting change on a personal level, at the micro scale. These types of professionals may wish to explore work as a family social worker, clinical social worker, or nonprofit service provider. Those wishing to improve the well-being of groups through mezzo-level practice may consider roles in community organizations or behavioral health, as examples. In nearly every part of a community, you're bound to find a social worker looking to create change through small and large-scale practice.