2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for MSW Programs

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Online MSW degrees are available for under $22,000 at all the colleges and universities on this most affordable ranking list. The least expensive option, University of Missouri offers a Master of Social Work for only $8,418 annually. The University of Texas at Arlington offers an MSW in Children and Families as well as an MSW in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Other specializations include policy, planning, and administration, offered at University of Missouri and clinical or macro social work, available at Boston University (#15).

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2017 rankings of the most affordable online social work bachelor's degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $8,418
#2 #2 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $8,790
#3 #3 Western Kentucky University Annual Tuition $10,185
#4 #4 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $11,010
#5 #5 California State University-San Bernardino Annual Tuition $12,000
#6 #6 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $13,261
#7 #7 Salisbury University Annual Tuition $13,587
#8 #8 Boise State University Annual Tuition $13,950
#9 #9 Saint Leo University Online Annual Tuition $14,880
#10 #10 Louisiana State University Annual Tuition $15,270
#11 #11 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $15,930
#12 #12 University of Arkansas Annual Tuition $15,987
#13 #13 Our Lady of the Lake University Annual Tuition $16,002
#14 #14 University of Alaska Anchorage Annual Tuition $16,326
#15 #15 Boston University Annual Tuition $16,500
#16 #16 Portland State University Annual Tuition $17,446
#17 #17 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $17,970
#18 #18 The University of Texas at Arlington Annual Tuition $18,428
#19 #19 University at Buffalo Annual Tuition $18,500
#20 #20 Ohio State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $18,963
#21 #21 University of Houston Annual Tuition $19,278
#22 #22 University of Nevada - Reno Annual Tuition $19,419
#23 #23 New Mexico State University Annual Tuition $21,387
#24 #24 University of Louisville Annual Tuition $21,420
#25 #25 California State University-Northridge Annual Tuition $22,110
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  • Annual Tuition: $8,418
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    DSM V Psychopathology: A Social Work Experience; Large Group Theory; Research Design in Social Work; Social Policy and Service Delivery in Social Work; Strategies of Clinical Social Work Intervention
  • Annual Tuition: $8,790
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Advance Practice in Rural Areas II Families; Psychopathology and Assessment for Non-Medical Helpers; Social Work Practice with Abusing and Neglecting Families; Social Work with Older Adults; Spirituality in Social Work Practice; Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,185
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Psycho-Social Approaches for Rural Practice; Cultural Competency in Social Work Practice; Integrated Social Work Practice with Families; Rural Community Organization and Development; Rural Social Welfare Policy; Social Work in Diverse Rural Areas

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,010
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Chemical Dependency; Family Preservation; Practice in Health Care; Social Service Planning and Program Development; Social Service Program and Agency Administration; Spirituality and Social Work Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Welfare; Human Behavior and the Social Environment II; Social Work Research II

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,261
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Example Classes:
    Diversity and Social Justice in Rural and Urban Communities; Mental Health: Assessment and Treatment; Practice with Communities; Practice with Organizations, Administration and Supervision; Practice-Informed Qualitative Research

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,587
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Welfare; Ethical Foundation of Social Work; Evaluation of Social Work Practice; Social Welfare Policy Practice: Analyst and Advocate; Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention
  • Annual Tuition: $13,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Interventions I: Comp Theories; Advanced Issues in Human Diversity; Advanced Policy and Legislation; Ethnicity, Gender, and Class; Evaluation and Treatment of Mental Disorders; Program Leadership and Management

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Clinical Practice with Couples and Families; Ethical Foundations in Social Work Practice; Social Work Practice in the Military
  • Annual Tuition: $15,270
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Community & Agency Contexts for Direct Practice Community; Differential Diagnosis; Human Diversity and Oppression; Social Welfare History and Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $15,930
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Example Classes:
    Administration and Supervision; Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment: Theory and Intervention; Family Diversity; Social Policy and Social Policy Practice; Social Welfare, Social Policy, & Social Work; Trauma Theory and Treatment

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,987
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Practice Using the Multi-System Life Course Perspective; Advanced Practice with Children & Youth Using the MSLC Perspective; Evidence-Based Social Work; Social Work Research & Technology II
  • Annual Tuition: $16,002
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Evaluation of Social Work Practice with Hispanic Children and Families; Hispanics in the U.S.: Policy and Programs; Psychopathology; Social Work Practice with Hispanic Elders
  • Annual Tuition: $16,326
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Human Diversity in Social Work Practice; Practice II: Families and Groups; Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • Annual Tuition: $16,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 46%
  • Example Classes:
    Communities and Organizations: Analysis and Intervention; Community Organizing; Family Therapy; Mental Health and Social Policy; Organizational Behavior and Culture; Racial Justice & Cultural Intersectionality of Oppression
  • Annual Tuition: $17,446
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Advocacy and Empowerment; Human Development Thru the Lifespan; Skills for the Helping Process - Individuals and Families; Social Justice in Social Work; Social Welfare History and Policy; Societal, Community, and Organizational Structures and Processes

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  • Annual Tuition: $17,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Cognitive Behavior Therapy Across the Lifespan; Community Participation Strategies; Ecological Approach to Practice with Children, Youth and Families; Policy Practice; Program Planning in Social Services; Social Work Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $18,428
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Diverse Populations; Intimate Partner Violence; Seminar in Family Therapy; Social Policy and Child Welfare; Stress, Crisis, and Coping; Treating Parent and Child Relationships
  • Annual Tuition: $18,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Diversity and Oppression; Perspectives on Trauma and Human Rights; Scientific Methods in Social Work; Social Welfare Policy and History; Theories of Organizational Behavior and Development
  • Annual Tuition: $18,963
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Example Classes:
    Evidence in Social Work Practice; Integrative Seminar on Mental Health & Substance Abuse; Professional Development; Strengths-Based Clinical Social Work with Individual Adults
  • Annual Tuition: $19,278
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    International Social Work: A Comparative Approach; Perspectives in Human Trafficking; Professional Grant Writing for Social Work; Social Work and Global Justice; Social Work Practice with Latino Immigrants; Spirituality and Aging

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  • Annual Tuition: $19,419
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Elements of Evidence Informed Practice; Social Work History and Social Welfare Policy; Social Work Methods with Couples and Families; Social Work Methods with Groups; Social Work Methods with Organizations, Communities and Legislatures; Structural Oppression II
  • Annual Tuition: $21,387
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Death and Dying; Family and Child Welfare Policy; International Social Work and Social Welfare; Practice with the Elderly; Professional and Systems Responses to Child Maltreatment; Social Work Practice with Hispanic Families

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,420
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Military Social Work; Psychosocial Oncology Seminar
  • Annual Tuition: $22,110
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 46%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Social Work Practice with Urban Families; Family Crisis, Trauma and Grief; Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Social Policy and Services; Social Work Practice in Multicultural Settings

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