SocialWorkDegree is a product of Optimal and is a free and comprehensive guide that enables students to compare all online and campus-based social work programs in the U.S. We not only seek to help driven people find the best social work programs, but we also help them accomplish their education goals in a financially responsible manner. By providing resources that are easy to use but hard to find elsewhere, SocialWorkDegree hopes to empower more Americans to go to college while lowering the overall cost of earning a degree. We want to be part of the solution to the student debt crisis that has been plaguing our nation for years. Finding the right degree based on your lifestyle and aspirations can be difficult—we’re here to help.
Optimal created SocialWorkDegree to help students choose the best school for their career aspirations and budget. It is our mission to be the most authoritative online resource for students, and we are dedicated to making objective information about education, careers, and college financing easily accessible. If you would like to learn more about our advertising and editorial policies, please see the bottom of this page.
After working in the education industry for over 9 years as the CEO of Optimal (formerly SR Education Group), Sung became discouraged by how difficult it was to find accurate information about what's truly important to prospective students. He saw the need for sites dedicated to transparency around finding quality education options that are both affordable and accessible.
Sung's an Ivy League grad who's passionate about changing the landscape in higher education so it better reflects the interests of students. He knows prestige doesn't always translate to quality and doesn't want to see students get a raw deal.
Our Advertising Policy
Our Editorial Policy
The schools with whom we have an advertising relationship are referred to as "partner schools" throughout SocialWorkDegree.org. We ensure that our relationships with partner schools do not hinder our editorial integrity. Partner schools are clearly labeled as such throughout the site, and we never show our partner schools any preferential treatment when developing our ranking lists.
All schools featured on our site are accredited by accrediting bodies recognized by the United States Department of Education. When creating our content, we always conduct extensive research in order to ensure that we provide accurate and current information about program offerings and tuition costs. This information comes directly from schools' official websites or representatives. W We also source information from third-party research firms such as PayScale as well as government databases and agencies such as: