Graduateprograms.com Announces Rankings for Social Work Graduate Programs

As a follow up to the Fall 2013 Top 25 Grad Programs for Social Work, Graduateprograms.com is pleased to announce the top social work grad programs for career support, social life, financial aid and overall program value.

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Englewood, NJ (PRWEB) January 23, 2014

Graduate Students who earn a degree in social work can pursue a career in various areas of social service agencies, universities, hospitals, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or charitable groups.

To help prospective social work grad students better evaluate their options for continuing education, Graduateprograms.com compiled and analyzed more than 40,000 ratings posted on the site by students attending over 1,200 different graduate programs nationwide. As a follow up to the Fall 2013 Top 25 Grad Programs for Social Work, Graduateprograms.com is pleased to announce the top social work grad programs for career support, social life, financial aid and overall program value. The ensuing rankings are based solely on the student ratings and reviews posted on Graduateprograms.com from Sept. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013 using a 10 star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best).

The top social work programs in the country for career support, social life, financial aid and overall program value are:

Top Social Work Schools for Career Support:
1    University of Maine
2    Alabama A&M University
3    Delaware State University
4    University of Georgia
5    The University of Texas at Austin
6    California State University, East Bay
7    The University of Alabama
8    Simmons College
9    University of Arkansas at Little Rock
10    New Mexico State University-Main Campus

Top Social Work Schools for Social Life:
1    The University of Alabama
2    Florida International University
3    Delaware State University
4    Temple University
5    Michigan State University
6    Portland State University
7    CUNY Lehman College
8    University of Illinois at Chicago
9    Case Western Reserve University
10    The University of Texas at Austin

Top Social Work Schools for Financial Aid:
1    CUNY Lehman College
2    University of Washington Tacoma
3    California State University, Long Beach
4    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
5    Alabama A&M University
6    California State University, East Bay
7    Temple University
8    California University of Pennsylvania
9    California State University, San Bernardino
10    Portland State University

Top Social Work Schools for Overall Value:
1    The University of Alabama
2    Boston University
3    Clark Atlanta University
4    University of Maine
5    Portland State University
6    Alabama A&M University
7    Florida International University
8    Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
9    Temple University
10    Hunter College – CUNY

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often share personal insights as well. One CUNY Lehman College Class of 2016 social work student commented, “Throughout all the CUNY schools, Lehman is one of the best campuses I've seen. Not only is the campus amazing but so is its staff. Teacher's have a genuine passion to see students excel and succeed. I would recommend Lehman's Social Work program to anyone!”

Students can continue to review their programs at http://www.graduateprograms.com and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

METHODOLOGY
Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Graduateprograms.com assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.


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