2018 Most Affordable Online MSW Programs

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All 26 schools on this list offer affordable online MSW programs. University of Missouri comes in first, with a cheap annual tuition of only $7,200 for a Master of Social Work degree. Students who already have a bachelor's degree in social work will find multiple advanced-standing options on this list, including at Western New Mexico University, Capella University, University of Northern Iowa, and University of North Dakota.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online master's programs. 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 $7,200
#2 #2 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Annual Tuition $7,660
#3 #3 Western New Mexico University Annual Tuition $8,156
#4 #4 Capella University Annual Tuition $9,500
#5 #5 University of Northern Iowa Annual Tuition $9,960
#6 #6 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $10,807
#7 #7 Humboldt State University Annual Tuition $11,220
#8 #8 Ohio State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $11,760
#9 #9 University of Maine Annual Tuition $11,781
#10 #10 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $11,889
#11 #11 California State University-San Bernardino Annual Tuition $12,000
#12 #12 University at Buffalo Annual Tuition $13,080
#13 #13 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $13,327
#14 #14 Boise State University Annual Tuition $13,950
#15 #15 Saint Leo University Online Annual Tuition $14,880
#16 #16 Sacred Heart University Annual Tuition $15,000
#17 (tie) #17 (tie) Salisbury University Annual Tuition $15,750
#17 (tie) #17 (tie) University of Alabama Annual Tuition $15,750
#19 #19 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $16,500
#20 #20 Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education Annual Tuition $16,995
#21 #21 Our Lady of the Lake University Annual Tuition $17,233
#22 #22 Boston University Annual Tuition $17,270
#23 #23 University of Arkansas Annual Tuition $17,557
#24 #24 Portland State University Annual Tuition $18,070
#25 #25 Temple University Annual Tuition $19,200
#26 #26 Brescia University Annual Tuition $19,500
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  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,633
  • Example Classes:
    DSM V and Psychopathology: A Social Work Perspective; Large Group Theory; Research Methods in Social Work; Social Policy and Service Delivery in Social Work; Strategies of Clinical Social Work Intervention

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,660
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,316
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment and Differential Diagnosis; Diversity and Oppression; Social Welfare Policies and Services; Social Work Research Methods; Statistics for Social Work

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,156
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 886
  • Example Classes:
    Community Organization and Development; Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice; Social Welfare Policy; Social Work Administration and Supervision; Social Work Clinical Assessment and Intervention
  • Annual Tuition: $9,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 28,176
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Children and Youth; Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice; Cultural Competence and Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations; Integrative Technology in Advanced Social Work Practice

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,812
  • Example Classes:
    Grant Writing, Fund Raising, Contracting, and Marketing; Primary and Secondary Trauma; Social Intervention: Policies and Services; Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities; Systems Redesign and Community Collaboration
  • Annual Tuition: $10,807
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,374
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Generalist Practice with Individuals; Advanced Generalist Practice with Treatment Groups; Advanced Generalist Tools for Policy; Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Social Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $11,220
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 531
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Practice and Indigenous and Rural Communities; Child and Family Welfare; Clinical Social Work Practice; Wellness and Sustainability

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,760
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 13,374
  • 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: $11,781
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,625
  • Example Classes:
    Adult & Child Psychopatholgy; Advanced Social Policy; Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Social Welfare Policy and Issues for Generalist Practitioners

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,889
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 16,767
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,262
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Macro Practice; Advanced Micro Practice; Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Public Child Welfare; Social Work Research II
  • Annual Tuition: $13,080
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,843
  • 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: $13,327
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,536
  • 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: $13,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,983
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Interventions I: Comp Theories; Advanced Issues in Human Diversity; Ethnicity, Gender, and Class; Evaluation and Treatment of Mental Disorders; Program Leadership and Management; Research and Statistics for Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $14,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,779
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Clinical Practice with Couples and Families; Ethical Foundations in Social Work Practice; Psychopathology; Social Work Practice in the Military; Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention
  • Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,030
  • Example Classes:
    Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Human Diversity and Social Justice; Inter-Professional Education; Social Welfare as a Social Institution; Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • Annual Tuition: $15,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 822
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,140
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,302
  • Example Classes:
    Administration and Supervision; Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment: Theory and Intervention; Mental Health Practice in Social Work; Social Welfare, Social Policy, & Social Work; Trauma Theory and Treatment; Trauma-Informed Policy

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,995
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,543
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Interpersonal Practice; Human Behavior and Social Environment; Mental Health and Psychopathology; Social Welfare and Policy; Social Welfare Policy and Program Development

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  • Annual Tuition: $17,233
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,806
  • 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: $17,270
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 28,452
  • 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: $17,557
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,595
  • 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: $18,070
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,508
  • 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: $19,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,398
  • Example Classes:
    Groups, Communities and Organizations; Individuals and Families; Practice of Social Service Delivery; Social Welfare Policies and Services; Societal Responses to Aging

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  • Annual Tuition: $19,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 18
  • Example Classes:
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Ethical Decision Making in Social Work; Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Social Welfare and Policy Practice

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