2019 Most Affordable Online MSW Programs

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All 25 of these schools offer inexpensive options for online MSW programs. University of Missouri offers the lowest tuition, at $6,384 per year. University of North Dakota ranks #2, offering a Master of Social Work program both for those who hold a BSW and for those who do not. Tuition for UND's MSW is $7,273 per year. Boston University, ranked #13, offers five different degree options for $12,375 per year.

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 $6,384
#2 #2 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $7,273
#3 #3 University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $7,311
#4 #4 Humboldt State University Annual Tuition $7,650
#5 #5 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $8,116
#6 #6 University of Iowa Annual Tuition $8,160
#7 #7 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $8,274
#8 #8 Boise State University Annual Tuition $9,405
#9 #9 Capella University Annual Tuition $9,874
#10 #10 California State University-San Bernardino Annual Tuition $11,136
#11 #11 Western Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,019
#12 #12 University of Maine Annual Tuition $12,054
#13 #13 Boston University Annual Tuition $12,375
#14 #14 University of Arkansas Annual Tuition $12,605
#15 #15 University at Buffalo Annual Tuition $13,080
#16 #16 Western New Mexico University Annual Tuition $13,204
#17 #17 Our Lady of the Lake University Annual Tuition $13,605
#18 #18 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $13,780
#19 #19 The University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley Annual Tuition $14,666
#20 #20 Sacred Heart University Annual Tuition $15,000
#21 #21 University of Northern Iowa Annual Tuition $15,270
#22 #22 University of South Florida - Main Campus Annual Tuition $15,864
#23 #23 Salisbury University Annual Tuition $16,065
#24 #24 Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education Annual Tuition $16,995
#25 #25 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $17,040
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,384
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,362
  • 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: $7,273
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,393
  • 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: $7,311
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,365
  • Example Classes:
    Child Welfare Services; Clinical Practice with Military and Veteran Families or Groups; Clinical Social Work Practice with Substance Addictions; Interventions with Older Adults and Their Families; Medications in Social Work Practice; Social Work in Health Settings

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 521
  • 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: $8,116
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,538
  • 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: $8,160
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,535
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Social Policy for Integrated Practice; Discrimination, Oppression, and Diversity; Family-Centered Theory and Practice I; Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Organization and Community Practice; Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,274
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,100
  • 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: $9,405
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,668
  • 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: $9,874
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ---
  • 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: $11,136
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,291
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Macro Practice; Advanced Micro Practice; Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Public Child Welfare; Social Work Research II
  • Annual Tuition: $12,019
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,676
  • 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: $12,054
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,896
  • 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: $12,375
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 29,502
  • 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: $12,605
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,646
  • 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: $13,080
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,772
  • 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: $13,204
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 936
  • 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: $13,605
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,783
  • 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: $13,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,679
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Practice - Manager/Administrator; Advanced Practice with Communities; Advanced Practice: Social Welfare Policy; Generalist Practice - Large Client Systems; Small Client Systems: Theory and Practice; Social Welfare Policy Analysis

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,666
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,537
  • Example Classes:
    Accountability and Evaluation in Macro Practice; Advanced Macro Assessment; Child Welfare; Social Work Practice Latinos; Social Work with Diverse Populations; Spirituality and Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,104
  • 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: $15,270
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,801
  • 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: $15,864
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 11,400
  • Example Classes:
    Diversity and Social Justice; Evaluation of Clinical Practice in Diverse Settings; Foundations of Social Work Micro Practice; Health, Illness, and Disability; Psychopathology; Social Welfare Policy Development and Analysis

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,065
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 887
  • 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: $16,995
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ---
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 258
  • 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: $17,040
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,341
  • 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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