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2023 Best Social Work Doctor's Degree Schools

62 Colleges in the United States
680 Doctor's Degrees
Social Work is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #42 most popular doctor's degree program in the country. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

College Factual reviewed 62 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for doctor's degree seekers in the field of social work. Combined, these schools handed out 680 doctor's degrees in social work to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Social Work School for Your Doctor's Degree

Best Social Work Doctor's Degree Schools The social work doctor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a doctor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Early-Career Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of doctorate graduates during the early years of their career. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their doctor's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to social work students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other social work students want to attend this school to pursue a doctor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for social work to pay back their student loans after receiving their doctor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized social work related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for social work students working on their doctor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The social work school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Social Work Doctor's Degree Schools.

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Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Social Work in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for social work students seeking a a doctor's degree.

10 Top Schools for a Doctorate in Social Work

193 Annual Graduates

University of Southern California is a wonderful option for individuals interested in a doctor's degree in social work. USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles.More information about a doctorate in social work from University of Southern California

5 Annual Graduates

University of California - Berkeley is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a doctor's degree in social work. UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley.More information about a doctorate in social work from University of California - Berkeley

#3

New York University

New York, NY

New York University is a great option for students interested in a doctor's degree in social work. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.

Doctorate recipients from the social work major at New York University get $15,789 more than the standard college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

More information about a doctorate in social work from New York University

#4

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
6 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat University of Chicago if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in social work. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in social work from University of Chicago

#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.

Doctorate recipients from the social work major at University of Pennsylvania get $8,298 above the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

More information about a doctorate in social work from University of Pennsylvania

6 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in social work from Columbia University in the City of New York

5 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in social work from Washington University in St Louis

Located in the large city of Saint Paul, UST MN is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population.

Doctorate recipients from the social work major at University of St Thomas Minnesota get $9,681 above the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

More information about a doctorate in social work from University of St Thomas Minnesota

5 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in social work from University of Washington - Seattle Campus

#10

Boston University

Boston, MA
3 Annual Graduates

Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston.More information about a doctorate in social work from Boston University

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Social Work students that almost earned our Best Social Work Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
12 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
13 Yeshiva University New York, NY
14 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
15 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL

Social Work by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Social Work is one of 5 different types of Public Administration & Social Service programs to choose from.

Social Work Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 680

Majors Similar to Social Work

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration 377
Public Policy 241
Human Services 82
Other Public Administration 37
Community Organization & Advocacy 23

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Army Medicine. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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