2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Social Work Degrees

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These 24 most affordable online schools for social work degrees offer bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate degrees for under $16,000 per year. University of Missouri offers a master's in social work for an annual tuition of only $7,052, making it the most affordable school on our list. For those just starting their college educations, Briar Cliff University offers a bachelor's degree in social work at a yearly tuition of $9,240. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online social work degrees at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Social Work Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $7,052 Social Work Degrees: Master's
#2 #2 Briar Cliff University Annual Tuition $9,240 Social Work Degrees: Bachelor's
#3 #3 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,502 Social Work Degrees: Bachelor's
#4 #4 Bemidji State University Annual Tuition $9,520 Social Work Degrees: Bachelor's
#5 #5 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $9,600 Social Work Degrees: Bachelor's
#6 #6 University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $10,296 Social Work Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 Texas State University Annual Tuition $10,744 Social Work Degrees: Master's
#8 #8 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $10,849 Social Work Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#9 #9 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $11,010 Social Work Degrees: Master's
#10 #10 Liberty University Online Annual Tuition $11,700 Social Work Degrees: Bachelor's
#11 #11 Campbellsville University Annual Tuition $11,970 Social Work Degrees: Bachelor's
#12 #12 Huntington University Annual Tuition $11,976 Social Work Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 California State University-San Bernardino Annual Tuition $12,000 Social Work Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 Touro University Worldwide Annual Tuition $12,000 Social Work Degrees: Bachelor's
#15 #15 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $12,999 Social Work Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#16 #16 Limestone College Annual Tuition $13,020 Social Work Degrees: Bachelor's
#17 #17 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $13,261 Social Work Degrees: Master's
#18 #18 Boise State University Annual Tuition $13,950 Social Work Degrees: Master's
#19 #19 Saint Leo University Online Annual Tuition $14,880 Social Work Degrees: Master's
#20 #20 Capella University Annual Tuition $15,000 Social Work Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#21 #21 Western New Mexico University Annual Tuition $15,261 Social Work Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#22 #22 Louisiana State University Annual Tuition $15,270 Social Work Degrees: Master's
#23 #23 Union Institute & University Annual Tuition $15,300 Social Work Degrees: Bachelor's
#24 #24 Our Lady of the Lake University Annual Tuition $15,390 Social Work Degrees: Master's
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  • Annual Tuition: $7,052
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Foundations of Human Behavior for Administrators; DSM V Psychopathology: A Social Work Experience; Evaluative Research in Social Work Planning & Administration; Large Group Theory; Management of a Social Agency; Research Design in Social Work; Social Policy and Service Delivery in Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $9,240
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Community Organization; History and General Method of Social Work; Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Social Issues and Policy

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,502
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Inside Family Violence; Perspectives in Mental Health; Public Child Welfare; Social Welfare Policy; Southwest Peoples and Cultures; Working with Aging Populations

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    Family: Dynamics and Intervention; Intercultural Communication; Interpersonal Relations; Social Welfare Policy; The American Indian: Social Welfare Perspective

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Welfare and the Law; Coaching and Mentoring New Child Welfare Supervisors; Contemporary Social Policy; Domestic Violence; Economics of Social Work; Human Sexuality; Social Work as a Profession

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,296
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Example Classes:
    Behavioral Health Skills; Clinical SW with Substance Abuse/Addiction; Diverse Client Populations; Policy Analysis Social Change; Practice with Groups; Psychosocial Pathology; Social Welfare Policies

Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,744
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Program Planning and Grant-Based Resource Development; Advanced Social Policy and Social Justice; Helping Troops Transition Back to their Families and Communities: The Invisible Wounds of War; Human Behavior in Local and Global Social Environments; Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging; Social Work Intervention in Child Abuse & Neglect; Social Work Intervention in Drug Addiction & Abuse
  • Annual Tuition: $10,849
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Welfare; Cooperative Education; Generalist Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations; Generalist Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families; Generalist Social Work Practice with Task and Treatment Groups; Human Behavior and the Social Environment I; Orientation to Gerontology
  • Annual Tuition: $11,010
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Intervention; Family Preservation; Practice in Health Care; Psychopathology; Social Service Planning and Program Development; Social Service Program and Agency Administration; Spirituality and Social Work Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    Chemical Dependency; Ethics in Professional Helping; Human Behavior & the Social Environment; Social Welfare & Policy; Social Work Practice with Groups; Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Example Classes:
    Addictions; Child Abuse & Interventions; Child Abuse & Neglect; Crisis Intervention; Death, Dying and Bereavement; Foster Care & Adoption; Human Rights

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,976
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Example Classes:
    Human Behavior & Social Environment; Interview Workshop; Minority Groups; Social Policy; Social Welfare Institutions

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Welfare; Field Education; Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Social Work Research

Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Example Classes:
    Domestic Violence; Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Social Work; Military Approach to Social Work; Social Justice and Diversity; Social Work with Older Adults; Youth-at-Risk

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,999
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Generalist Practice with Individuals; Advanced Practice with Families and Groups; Advanced Practice: Manager/Administrator; Advanced Practice: Social Welfare Policy; Generalist Practice: Large Client Systems; Large Client Systems; Social Welfare Policy Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $13,020
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Example Classes:
    Introduction to Social Work as a Profession; Practice with Culturally Diverse Populations; Social Welfare Programs and Policy; Social Work Intervention: Large Groups and Community Organization; Social Work Specialized Groups; The Influence of Sexual Factors on Behavior

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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

Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Issues in Human Diversity; Advanced Policy and Legislation: Individuals and Families; Advanced Research: Program and Practice Evaluation; Ethnicity, Gender, and Class; Foundation of Social Welfare Policy; HBSE I Human Development Through the Life Cycle; Introduction to Refugee Program Supervision and Management

Online Master's Degrees (1)

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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 Individuals; Ethical Foundations in Social Work Practice; Methods of Macro Social Work Practice; Social Work Research Methods; Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention

Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Supervision and Leadership in Social Work Practice; Cultural Competence and Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations; Micro Social Work Practice; Social Policy and Planning in Human Services; Social Welfare History, Policy and Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $15,261
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Psycho-Social Approaches for Rural Practice; Grant Writing; Social Work Clinical Assessment and Intervention; Sustainable Development; Understanding the Rural Community
  • Annual Tuition: $15,270
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Social Policy; Community & Agency Contexts for Direct Practice Community; Differential Diagnosis; Human Diversity and Oppression; Social Welfare History and Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $15,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    From Healthy to Ill and Vaccines to Epidemics; Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II; Social Welfare Policy Analysis; Understanding Our Social World

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,390
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Evaluation of Social Work Practice with Hispanic Children and Families; Generalist Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities; Generalist Social Work Practice: Individuals, Families and Groups; Hispanics in the US: Policies and Programs; Psychopathology
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