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. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable social work schools below or read our full methodology.

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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
  • Annual Tuition: $7,052
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    DSM V Psychopathology: A Social Work Experience; Evaluative Research in Social Work Planning & Administration; Management of a Social Agency; Research Design in Social Work; Social Policy and Service Delivery in Social Work

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,240
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC 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)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Social Policy; Economics of Social Work; Social Work as a Profession; Social Work Practice with Older Adults; Statistics in Social Research; Techniques of Interviewing

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,296
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Example Classes:
    Diverse Client Populations; Policy Analysis Social Change; Practice with Groups; Psychosocial Pathology; Social Welfare Policies; Theories for Evidence-Based Clinical Social Work Practice

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • 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; 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: NCACSTHLC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Welfare; Cooperative Education; Orientation to Gerontology; Social Policy; Social Work & the Legal Process; Substance Use and Abuse
  • Annual Tuition: $11,010
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Intervention; Family Preservation; Psychopathology; Social Service Planning and Program Development; Social Service Program and Agency Administration; Spirituality and Social Work Practice

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • 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)

  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,999
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and CSWE
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Generalist Practice with Individuals; Advanced Practice with Families and Groups; Advanced Practice: Manager/Administrator; Large Client Systems; Social Welfare Policy Analysis; Theoretical Foundations of Social Work

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • 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; The Influence of Sexual Factors on Behavior

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,261
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • 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-Informed Quantitative Research

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • 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; Foundation of Social Welfare Policy; Introduction to Refugee Program Supervision and Management

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • 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)

  • Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $15,261
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC 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
  • Annual Tuition: $15,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC 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)

  • 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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