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2020 Best Colleges for Social Work in Michigan

Social Work is a popular major and Michigan is the 6th most popular state for students studying this major. 2,590 of the 55,945 Social Work degrees earned last year were given by schools in Michigan. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Social Work in Michigan ranking analyzed 16 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in social work. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 2 colleges for Social Work students in Michigan.

Choosing a Great Social Work School

Best Colleges for Social Work in Michigan Your choice of social work school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Graduates Earn More After College

A social work degree from schools on this list typically results in higher than average salaries following graduation. A social work bachelors degree from a college in Michigan helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $30,342 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Social Work students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other social work students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized social work related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Social Work students in Michigan.

Best Schools to Study Social Work in Michigan

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study social work.

Top 10 Best Social Work Colleges in Michigan

#1

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University is a great choice for individuals interested in a Social Work major. Located in the city East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population.

Students who complete this degree report average early career earnings of $31,300.

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#2

Hope College

Holland, MI

Every student pursuing a degree in social work has to take a look at Hope College. Hope is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Holland.More…

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#3

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

It's hard to beat Wayne State University if you wish to study social work. Located in the large city Detroit, Wayne State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After graduating, social work students typically make around $31,400 at the beginning of their careers.

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#4

Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor, MI

Spring Arbor University is a good choice for students interested in a Social Work major. Spring Arbor is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Spring Arbor.

Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career earnings of $29,900.

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GVSU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Allendale.

Graduates of the social work program make around $29,100 for their early career.

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#6

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Grand Rapids.More…

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Andrews University

Berrien Springs, MI

Andrews is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Berrien Springs.More…

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Located in the city Kalamazoo, WMU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Students who complete this degree report average early career income of $29,800.

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Madonna University

Livonia, MI

Located in the small city Livonia, Madonna is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More…

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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan is a very large public school located in the town of Mount Pleasant.

Soon after graduating, social work students typically earn around $32,000 in the first five years of their career.

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Best Social Work Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Social Work Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Ohio 318 2,592
Illinois 306 2,664
Indiana 291 1,073
Wisconsin 290 1,014

One of 5 majors within the Public Administration & Social Service area of study, Social Work has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration 16,874
Human Services 14,962
Public Policy 5,550
Community Organization & Advocacy 2,775
Other Public Administration 957

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Army Medicine.

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