50 Most Affordable Accredited MSW Programs in the East 2016

By BSWP Staff
February 2015

In this article, we highlight the 50 most affordable accredited MSW programs in the East for 2016.

In the field of social work, those with an MSW degree have higher earnings potential and opportunities for advancement compared to those with an undergraduate degree in social work. When considering an MSW, it’s important to choose a program that’s accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Programs appearing in this ranking are required to have CSWE accreditation.

Using NCES College Navigator, we selected schools offering an MSW in New England, Mid-Atlantic, and southeastern states. We then checked the Council on Social Work Education’s directory and de-selected non-accredited programs. From the remaining list, we chose 50 with the lowest published graduate tuition and fees, as provided by NCES College Navigator. Results are listed in descending order of tuition/fees.

#50 – Gallaudet University

Washington, DC

Master’s in Social Work

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Gallaudet University - MSW

The Department of Social Work at Gallaudet University offers an accredited MSW in Social Work degree program that is designed to prepare graduate students to work as ethical and skilled professionals. Students gain knowledge that will help them work in specific areas of practice, assisting individuals, families, groups, and organizations. Students take advanced classes that explore areas of human behavior, social welfare, and social work practice. Research and field practicums are required. During the second or advanced year, students take American Sign Language courses in the ASL and Deaf Studies Department to provide adequate training working with deaf and hard of hearing populations. According to U.S. News and World Report, Gallaudet University is ranked as the 19th Best Regional University in the North.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $16,482

#49 – Clark Atlanta University

Atlanta, Georgia

Master’s in Social Work

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Clark Atlanta University - MSW

The Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University offers an affordable MSW degree program that prepares social work professionals with the skills needed to assist culturally diverse human and social issues at the local, national, and global levels. The goal of the MSW program is to graduate highly skilled and competent social work practitioners. The program offers two specializations: Child and Family, and Health and/or Mental Health. Both specializations draw on ecological and systems theories as a foundation, although developmental and life-stage theories are examined. There are there major themes that undergird curriculum in Clark Atlanta’s MSW program. These themes include Afrocentric Perspective, Autonomous Social Work Practice Roles, and Humanistic Values.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $15,650

#48 – Kean University

Union, New Jersey

Master’s in Social Work

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Kean University - MSW

An affordable MSW degree option is offered at Kean University. Courses explore principles of multiculturalism, economics justice, and social awareness. Program topics include Human Behavior and Social Environment, Generalist Social Work Practice in a Multicultural Environment, and Social Welfare Policy and Services. Since field education is a major part of the program, students complete internships in select social service agencies.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $15,602

#47 – Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Master’s in Social Work

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Temple University - MSW

Temple University symbolizes quality, rigor, and academic prestige. This highly ranked university is known for its research and quality academics. But the distinction does not come with a hefty price tag. Temple University offers an affordable MSW program that is integrated within the school’s College of Public Health. Students have the option of earning a Master of Social Work or a dual Master’s in Social Work and Public Health. Accelerated formats are available for students who have earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. Field practice is required to complete the program, which is often completed full-time. Students are able to concentrate on specific areas of service, honing curriculum and field placement to implement theses areas of specialty. The three areas include Clinical Practice, Management and Planning, and Practice with Communities and Policy Arenas.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $15,180

#46 – Stockton University

Galloway, New Jersey

Master’s in Social Work

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Stockton University - MSW

Stockton University is a public institution located in the suburban area of Galloway, New Jersey. Stockton University became the new name and designation of the former Richard Stockton College of N.J. in February 2015. The school is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as being the 53rd Best Regional University in the North. Stockton’s MSW degree program is designed to equip and educate professional social workers. Two programs are available – the two-year program and the advanced standing program. The advanced standing is for students who have earned bachelor’s degrees in social work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The program integrates theory-based research and field practice so that students graduate with a deep understanding of their important role as a social worker in today’s age.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $13,358

#45 – University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

Master’s in Social Work

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University at Buffalo - MSW

The University at Buffalo offers a highly ranked and affordable MSW program designed to prepare students for leadership roles within various social work arenas. All curricula in the MSW program is rooted in evidence-based practice and explores trauma-informed and human rights perspectives. Three format options are available: full-time, part-time, and advanced standing. Foundation curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including Diversity and Oppression, Interventions, Scientific Methods in Social Work, Social Welfare History and Policy, and Theories of Human Behavior and Development.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $12,392

#44 – Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

Master’s in Social Work

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Stony Brook University - MSW

Stony Brook University is a public institution and member of the SUNY system. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings put Stony Brook in the top 1 percent of universities worldwide. Courses in the MSW program explore theories and practical application. Course topics include Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Work in Health, and Social Work Practice. While students are not required to have a specialization to compete the program, areas of concentration are available. These areas include Community and Political Social Action, Health Care, Substance Abuse, SW in Higher Education, and Trauma.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,801

#43 – State University of New York at Albany

Albany, New York

Master of Social Work (MSW)

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SUNY at Albany - MSW

An affordable MSW degree is offered at SUNY at Albany’s School of Social Welfare. The program is designed to prepare students to sit for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker examination offered in New York State. Specific areas of concentration include Clinical Practice or Organizational Management (also known as MACRO: Management Efficiency, Advocacy and Empowerment, Community Building, Resource Development, and Outcome Evaluation). Each semester, students work in the field to gain hands-on experience at any one of the school’s community partner agencies.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,611

#42 – Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Master’s in Social Work

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Florida State University - MSW

Florida State University offers an affordable social work degree program available online or in the classroom. The online MSW follows the same track as the on-campus program, and students receive instruction from distinguished faculty no matter which format they choose. Joint degree programs are available and include the MSW/MBA Program, the MSW/JD Program, the MSW/MPA Program, and the MSW/MS in Criminology Program. The most common MSW programs at FSU include the MSW Clinical and the MSW Social Leadership. U.S. News and World Report named it the 44th Best Social Work Graduate School in the country.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,543

#41 – California University of Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania

Master’s in Social Work

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california university of Pennsylvania - MSW

California University of Pennsylvania is a public institution ranked among other Tier 2 schools as being one of the best regional universities in the north. The program is CSWE accredited and offers two tracks for completion – the two-year full-time track and the three-year part-time track. Courses include Human Diversity, Rural Family and Community Policy, and Social Welfare Policy. Advanced field practicums are required so that students gain hands-on experience working with diverse populations.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,255

#40 – Florida International University

Miami, Florida

Master’s in Social Work

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Florida International University - MSW

Located in the heart of Miami, Florida International University offers an affordable social work degree program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The program is designed to equip students to work with diverse populations. The first year of studies explores the generalist perspective and emphasizes critical thinking, empirically based research, and problem solving. Students focus on preventive measures and clinical interventions within diverse South Florida settings. Options to earn certificates in Addictions and Social Work Practice with the Elderly are available. The graduate social work program at FIU is ranked 89th nationally by U.S. News and World Report.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,049

#39 – Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Millersville, Pennsylvania

Master’s in Social Work

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millersville university of pennsylvania - MSW

Millersville University of Pennsylvania is a public institution recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being among the best regional universities in the north. Millersville offers an affordable MSW degree program that is both highly regarded and affordable. Classrooms offer state-of-the-art technology and curriculum taught by distinguished professors. The program requires 15 credit hours of field practicum along with coursework and electives. For students with a BSW, some of the required courses may be waived.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,472

#38 – University of South Florida Main Campus

Tampa, Florida

Master’s in Social Work

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University of South Florida - MSW

The University of South Florida’s main campus offers an accredited MSW program that is designed to prepare graduates for clinical practice. Various pathways for completion are available, including full-time, part-time, advanced standing, and MSW/MPH dual degree. Coursework focuses on theory and practical application, and the program requires field instruction and a capstone project. Common required course topics include Foundations in Human Behavior, Foundations of Social Welfare Policy, Psychopathology, and Social Work Practices with Groups. Electives explore diverse topics such as Introduction to Child Maltreatment, Trauma and Intervention, and Women’s Mental Health. The intense field practicum is designed to prepare students to apply theory gained in class directly to problems and challenges agency clients face.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,428

#37 – Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Master’s in Social Work

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edinboro university of pennsylvania - MSW

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania offers an affordable CSWE-accredited social work degree program designed for equipping graduate students to work as clinicians and professional social workers. Whether students are enrolled in the MSW on-campus program or the online MSW, field practicum is required. Common course topics explored in the MSW program include Human Diversity, Mental Health, Social Work Practice with Families, and Social Work Administration. Depending on which completion pathway the student is enrolled, a research project may be required.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,417

#36 – West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Master’s in Social Work

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania - MSW

WCU is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 71st Best Regional University in the North. Courses in the MSW program include Child Welfare, Older Adults, Social Work in Disasters, Social Work with Veterans and Military Families, and a variety of special topics such as Grief and Loss Across the Lifespan.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,403

#35 – Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, Connecticut

Master’s in Social Work

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Southern Connecticut State University - MSW

The Social Work Department at Southern Connecticut State University offers an accredited MSW degree program designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the social work profession. Courses explore innovative responses to human and social needs, with the option to structure learning around the student’s area of specialization. Specialization areas include Elders and Families, Children and Families, School Social Work, and Substance Abuse. Field practice in the student’s area of specialization is required.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,170

#34 – Radford University

Radford, Virginia

Master’s in Social Work

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Radford University - MSW

One of the more affordable MSW degree programs in Virginia is offered at Radford University. Radford is a public university, ranked 37th among the Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report. The MSW program and School of Social Work is also highly regarded and ranked as the 172nd Best Social Work Program in the United States. The mission of the school’s MSW program is to prepare capable leaders to work as professionals in the field of social work. The program is nationally accredited, and monitored by the Professional Advisory Council, which is made up of a team of more than 50 professional social workers. Focus of the program is on community-based family practice and the appreciation of human diversity.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,161

#33 – CUNY Lehman College

New York, New York

Master’s in Social Work

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CUNY Lehman College - MSW

The School of Natural and Social Sciences at Lehman College offers an affordable social work degree that prepares graduate students for careers as professional social workers in clinical settings. The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education to award degrees from CUNY Lehman College. The program focuses on developing social work skills that integrate an appreciation for diversity among individuals, families, groups, and communities. General topics covered include Advanced Practice in the Urban Environment, Human Diversity and the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy Analysis, and Social Welfare Policy Practice. Fieldwork and seminars are required parts of the MSW program at Lehman.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,028

#32 – CUNY Hunter College

New York, New York

Master’s in Social Work

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CUNY Hunter College - MSW

The Silberman School of Social Work offers an affordable social work degree program that equips students to work as industry professionals. The MSW program is offered in a variety of formats and pathways toward the degree. Traditionally, the MSW takes two years to complete. Courses include Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy and Services, and Social Work Practice. Field practicum is required.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $9,906

#31 – North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

Master’s in Social Work

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North Carolina State University - MSW

North Carolina State University offers an affordable MSW degree program that is fully accredited and nationally ranked. NC State’s MSW program combines research, advocacy, and clinical practice to ensure graduate students receive the full breadth of study and application needed to succeed in the field. Internships and field education are required. Students work closely with professor-mentors to find the right internship or field education placement.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $9,892

#30 – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Tallahassee, Florida

Master’s in Social Work

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University - MSW

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University offers an affordable MSW degree program designed to equip social work leaders and field experts. Among the areas explored include social work practice, human behavior, social welfare policies, social work research, and field practicum. A field practicum is required of all students.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $9,876

#29 – Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Master’s in Social Work

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Kutztown University of Pennsylvania - MSW

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania offers an accredited MSW program that focuses on the needs of family. Students become actively engaged in study and research, often assisting professors with unique projects related to social work. Both full-time and part-time study options are available. A 900-hour agency-based practicum is required so that students apply knowledge from the classroom and gain additional experience.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $9,800

#28 – The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Master’s in Social Work

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University of West Florida - MSW

The University of West Florida offers an affordable social work degree program designed to equip students to work in leadership roles. The program is accredited by the CSWE. The program curriculum explores contemporary social work challenges and issues faced by industry professionals. Field education allows students to anchor their theory-based learning and apply it to issues faced in real-world settings.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $9,062

#27 – Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Master of Social Work

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Bridgewater State University - MSW

The affordable MSW program at Bridgewater State University is one of the top programs of its kind in the Greater Boston area. Curriculum is designed to enhance critical thinking and advanced social work values. A field education capstone is required and provides a unique method for students to gain real-life experience in social work while attending school.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,988

#26 – CUNY Graduate School of University Center

New York, New York

Master’s in Social Work

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CUNY Graduate School and University Center - MSW

Topics in this affordable MSW program include diversity, ethics, and needy populations that are susceptible to trauma and harm. Students learn theory-based practices and gain real-life experience through required field education. Affordability and quality of education earn CUNY Graduate School of University Center a spot on our list of the most affordable accredited MSW programs in the East.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,943

#25 – University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

Master’s in Social Work

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University of Central Florida - MSW

The University of Central Florida (UCF) School of Social Work offers an affordable social work degree that prepares generalist and advanced clinical MSW students to become professional practitioners. Curriculum covers five areas of specialty, including Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policies, Social Work Practice, Research, and Field Education. Students may earn certificates in specific areas of practice such as Military Social Work, Marriage, and Family Therapy.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,872

#24 – Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia

Master’s in Social Work

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Norfolk State University - MSW

The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work offers a CSWE-accredited MSW program designed to prepare students for leadership roles in social work. Courses include Case Management in Social Work, Social Work with Military Families, and Social Work Practice. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,692

#23 – Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia

Master’s in Social Work

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Georgia State University - MSW

At this affordable social work degree program, students gain competencies in community assessment, resource development, community communications, leadership, management, and research. Students explore different demographics and learn about the importance of community geography, economics, and human service delivery systems. Elective course topics include Aging Practice, Child Maltreatment Practice and Policy, Economics of Poverty and Public Policy, and Health Challenges.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,644

#22 – Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida

Master’s in Social Work

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Saint Leo University - MSW

Saint Leo offers an affordable MSW degree program that combines quality and affordability. The program offers an Advanced Clinical Practice Concentration, designed for students to achieve clinical social work skills needed for professional assignment. Courses include Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Work Practice in the Military, Advanced Clinical Social Work with Older Adults, and Field Practicum. Research-emphasized practice and critical thinking are key components of the program.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,442

#21 – Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, Georgia

Master’s in Social Work

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Kennesaw State University - MSW

Program specializations at Kennesaw include Children and Family Services, Behavioral Health Services, and subspecialties in Substance Abuse. Courses include Clinical Practice with Adolescents, Family Therapy, Human Behavior in a Social Environment, and Social Work Forensics. An internship and integrative seminar are required for graduation.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,412

#20 – Morgan State University

Baltimore, Maryland

Master’s in Social Work

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Morgan State University - MSW

Morgan State University offers an affordable MSW degree program that’s ranked by U.S. News and World Report as being the 104th Best Graduate School in the United States. The mission of the MSW program is to prepare urban social work leaders to deliver specialized practice and care in the fight to alleviate poverty, human suffering, oppression, and injustice. To successfully graduate from the MSW program, students must complete required coursework, electives, and field education.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,046

#19 – Salisbury University

Salisbury, Maryland

Master’s in Social Work

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Salisbury University - MSW

Salisbury University is nationally ranked as the 71st Best Regional University in the North (U.S. News and World Report). The school’s Social Work program offers an affordable MSW degree that is also recognized as among the top 175 graduate social work programs. The school offers both online and on-campus MSW formats. Curriculum is broken into two sections: Foundation Curriculum and Concentration Curriculum.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,848

#18 – University of Southern Maine

Portland, Maine

Master’s in Social Work

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University of Southern Maine - MSW

The University of Southern Maine offers an affordable CSWE-accredited social work degree program. The school and many of its graduate programs are highly ranked. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks the Social Work Program at University of Southern Maine as the 130th Best Social Work Grad School in the U.S. Courses include Critical Thinking about Human Behavior, Generalist Social Work Practice, Multicultural Social Work, and Social Welfare Policy.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,670

#17 – Rhode Island College

Providence, Rhode Island

Master’s in Social Work

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Rhode Island College - MSW

Rhode Island College is ranked among the best regional universities in the north and recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Colleges. The MSW program is committed to furthering social justice in accordance with the NASW Code of Ethics. Courses include Clinical Social Work Practice, Differential Diagnosis in Clinical Social Work, Human Behavior, and Social Work Research and Evaluation.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,178

#16 – Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina

Master’s in Social Work

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Appalachian State University - MSW

Appalachian State University offers an affordable social work degree program designed to prepare students for leadership roles in social work. Appalachian State University is ranked as the 10th Best Regional University in the South and the 13th Best Value School, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Colleges. Families, Groups, Individuals, and Communities are focal points of the MSW program.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,084

#15 – University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

Master’s in Social Work

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University of North Carolina Charlotte - MSW

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers an affordable MSW degree with an advanced generalist concentration. The MSW degree program emphasizes commitment to community, the well being of vulnerable citizens, and the ability to synthesize information using critical thinking and professionalism. Foundational knowledge focuses on introducing social work knowledge and skills, while the advanced curriculum applies a more specialized approach to learning. Courses include Advocacy and Policy Change, Advanced Social Work Practice with Families, Social Work Practice – Theories and Skills, and Social Work Research. UNC Charlotte’s graduate Social Work program is ranked 66th in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,763

#14 – Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Master’s in Social Work

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Western Carolina University - MSW

Western Carolina University offers one of the most affordable social work degree programs on the East coast. The MSW degree program is specifically designed for students seeking licensing credentials. The program offers courses that prepare students to become eligible to sit for the LCSW, ACSW, QCSW, and DCSW licensing examinations. Students take classes at both the Cullowhee and Biltmore Park campuses to complete the MSW degree.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,734

#13 – North Carolina A&T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

Master’s in Social Work

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north carolina a&t state university - MSW

North Carolina A&T State University offers an affordable MSW degree program that’s accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The program is set up as a JMSW, or Joint Master of Social Work, with classes held on two campuses: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The mission of the program focuses on multiculturalism and diversity and understanding the specific needs of vulnerable populations and groups.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,717

#12 – Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida

Master’s in Social Work

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Florida Atlantic University - MSW

This affordable MSW program equips students for leadership roles in various areas of social work. Courses include Conflict Resolution, Human Behavior and Social Environment, Social Welfare History and Policy, and Field Instruction. The field education module seeks to integrate classroom and field practice.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,657

#11 – Salem State University

Salem, Massachusetts

Master’s in Social Work

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Salem State University - MSW

Salem State University offers an affordable social work degree program designed to encourage and challenge graduate students pursuing an MSW. Program courses are taught by distinguished faculty with expertise in the field of social work. Students gain insightful knowledge in and out of the classroom through innovative curriculum and hands-on experience. Three areas of concentration are available: Child and Family Services, Health and Mental Health Services, and Older Adult and End-of-Life Care Services.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,624

#10 – University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina

Master’s in Social Work

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University of North Carolina Wilmington - MSW

Located in the beach town of Wilmington, North Carolina, UNC Wilmington offers an affordable MSW degree program that trains graduate students for careers as social workers. The School of Social Work prepares students to advocate for change and make a difference in the world through social work research, policy analysis and advocacy, and direct practice with individuals and families in need. The university is one of six schools in the state to offer a Collaborative Child Welfare Education program.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,529

#9 – East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina

Master’s in Social Work

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East Carolina University - MSW

The School of Social Work at East Carolina University offers an affordable accredited social work degree. The program gives special attention to honing practice skills and providing opportunities for field internships. Full- and part-time programs are available, as well as the advanced standing MSW for students who have completed the BSW degree.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,407

#8 – North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina

Master’s in Social Work

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North Carolina Central University - MSW

One of the most affordable MSW degree programs in the East is offered at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. The Department of Social Work offers a traditional and advanced standing degree program. Courses include Foundation of Data Analysis, Foundations of Social Welfare and Social Work, Human Behavior and The Social Environment (Discrimination and Inequality), and Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families. Two concentrations options are available: Children and Family Practice and Juvenile Justice.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,329

#7 – Valdosta State University

Valdosta, Georgia

Master’s in Social Work

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Valdosta State University - MSW

Valdosta State University is known as a top public school for affordable graduate studies. Valdosta offers a CSWE-accredited MSW degree program that is nationally ranked as among the best of its kind, according to U.S. News and World Report. The MSW is offered on campus or as a web-hybrid program. Students complete rigorous courses based on theory and contemporary practice. A field instruction workshop and education module is a primary focus of the program. Field education prepares students to work as professional social workers following graduation.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,312

#6 – University of North Carolina Pembroke

Pembroke, North Carolina

Master’s in Social Work

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university of north carolina at pembroke - MSW

University of North Carolina at Pembroke offers an affordable MSW degree program designed to equip students to work as professional social workers or gain the education needed to pursue licensing. The MSW is offered in three formats: part-time, full-time, and advanced standing. Students learn practices and skills required for work as professional social workers, following the advanced generalist model. Courses include Foundations of Social Work Practice, Social Work in a Diverse Community, Social Welfare Policies and Programs, and Practicum and Seminar. The practicum component of the program makes up a major part of the studies and requires students to complete 250 hours of fieldwork.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $5,386

#5 – Delaware State University

Dover, Delaware

Master’s in Social Work

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Delaware State University - MSW

Delaware State University offers an affordable CSWE-accredited social work degree program. The MSW program offers one concentration – the advanced generalist practice. The program prepares students for advanced practice in social work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students gain an understanding of human rights, diversity, and social and economics issues and challenges at the local, regional, and global levels. Courses include Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policies and Services, and Research and Evaluation.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $5,354

#4 – Savannah State University

Savannah, Georgia

Master’s in Social Work

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Savannah State University - MSW
The CSWE-accredited MSW degree program at Savannah State University offers two paths – Clinical Social Work Concentration and Social Administration Concentration. Savannah State is one of the few schools to offer a Social Administration MSW program. Advanced courses include Advanced Policy and Planning, Advocacy and Service Delivery Child and Welfare, Cultural Diversity and the Social Environment, and Research Methods. Field practicum is an integral part of the MSW program.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $5,214

#3 – Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Master’s in Social Work

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Fayetteville State University - MSW

Fayetteville State University is a public institution offering an affordable social work degree that prepares students with the advanced skills necessary to lead in social work roles. There are two concentrations offered: Children and Family and Mental Health. Foundational courses cover topics in social welfare policy and services, diversity, populations at risk, and social and economic justice. During the second year, advanced skills are honed. Curriculum and field education covered the second year focuses on areas of concentration, such as mental health and substance abuse and children and family services.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $5,103

#2 – Westfield State University

Westfield, Massachusetts

Master’s in Social Work

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Westfield State University - MSW

Westfield State University offers an affordable MSW degree program with a single concentration: clinical practice. Courses cover topics in substance abuse treatment, children and social work, practice in health care settings, gerontology, and school social work. The program is designed to prepare students for eligibility of state licensure upon graduation. Westfield is ranked as one of the top public schools in the country. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks the school #34 in its 2016 publication of Best Colleges.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $5,040

#1 – Albany State University

Albany, GA

Master’s in Social Work

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Albany State University - MSW

Albany State University offers the most affordable CSWE-accredited MSW program in the East. According to U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Colleges the university is ranked as a top public school. The MSW program is designed to prepare students for clinical practice working with vulnerable adults, children, and families. Required courses and electives help prepare students for the state clinical licensure exam, although additional courses may be required. Typical courses offered within the program include Direct Practice Methods, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Theory and Practice with Families and Groups, and Research in Social Work.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $4,802

As you can see from these many examples, earning a cheap social work degree does not have to mean sacrificing on quality.