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Ranking of U.S. Social Work/Welfare Programs

    This page contains links to 31 social work and social welfare graduate programs rank-ordered in quality according to the Princeton Review's "Gourman Report of Graduate Programs" (8th edition).

To reach U.S. schools that are not on this list, you might try using the U.S. University Locator.

Note to Students: The rankings below should be considered no more than a rough approximation. Many excellent programs did not make it into Gourman's list, and of those that did, the difference between closely ranked programs was often too small to be meaningful. For a critical perspective on the Gourman rankings, see Caveat Emptor: The Gourman Report.

You would be well advised to consult as many faculty members as possible for feedback on your top school choices before applying to graduate school. Admission to graduate school is competitive, so apply to as many schools as possible; have your friends, family, and academic advisors look over your application materials; and if you receive letters of rejection, don't lose your sense of humor!


Gourman Report Rankings
Rank School Department Score
1 University of Chicago Social Service Admin 4.69
2 Columbia University Social Work 4.68
3 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Social Work 4.64
4 University of Wisconsin--Madison Social Work 4.62
5 University of Pennsylvania Social Policy & Prac. 4.58
6 Case Western Reserve University Social Work 4.55
7 Brandeis University Social Policy 4.52
8 University of Pittsburgh Social Work 4.49
9 Washington University Social Work 4.44
10 University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Social Work 4.42
11 Ohio State University--Columbus Social Work 4.40
12 University of California--Berkeley Social Welfare 4.38
13 Yeshiva University Social Work 4.36
14 Rutgers University Social Work 4.34
15 University of Southern California Social Work 4.31
16 Catholic University of America Social Service 4.30
17 Michigan State University Social Work 4.28
18 Saint Louis University Social Service 4.25
19 University of Texas--Austin Social Work 4.24
20 Tulane University Social Work 4.22
21 University of Utah Social Work 4.20
22 University of Denver Social Work 4.19
23 University of California--Los Angeles Social Welfare 4.18
24 Florida State University Social Work 4.17
25 City University of New York--Hunter College Social Work 4.16
26 University of Illinois--Chicago Social Work 4.15
27 University of Maryland--Baltimore Social Work 4.14
28 Smith College Social Work 4.13
29 University of Washington Social Work 4.12
30 Howard University Social Work 4.11
31 Bryn Mawr College Social Work/Research 4.10



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