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2020 Best Colleges for Social Work in Maryland

Social Work is a popular major and Maryland is the 15th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,146 of the 55,945 Social Work degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Maryland. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Social Work in Maryland ranking analyzed 6 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in social work. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 0 schools for Social Work students in Maryland.

Choosing a Great Social Work School

Best Colleges for Social Work in Maryland 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. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

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.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A social work degree from colleges on this list usually results in above average earnings following graduation. A social work bachelors degree from a college in Maryland helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $29,750 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 schools for Social Work students in Maryland.

Best Schools to Study Social Work in Maryland

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for social work majors.

Best Social Work Colleges in Maryland

University of Maryland - Baltimore County is among your best bets if you're planning on studying social work. Located in the large suburb Baltimore, UMBC is a public school with a large student population.

University of Maryland - Baltimore County social work students make $2,950 more than the standard social work student.


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Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD

Salisbury University is one of the best schools in the United States for social work. Salisbury is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Salisbury.

After getting their bachelor's degree, social work students typically make an average of $27,600 in their early careers.


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Frostburg State University

Frostburg, MD

It's hard to beat Frostburg State University if you want to pursue social work as a major. Frostburg State is a moderately-sized public school located in the small suburb of Frostburg.More…

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Morgan State University

Baltimore, MD

Morgan State University is a wonderful choice for individuals pursuing a Social Work major. Located in the large city Baltimore, Morgan State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Soon after graduation, social work students generally make an average of $28,500 at the beginning of their careers.


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Bowie State University is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Bowie.More…

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Coppin State University

Baltimore, MD

Located in the city Baltimore, Coppin is a public college with a small student population.

Graduates of the social work program earn around $30,200 for their early career.


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Best Social Work Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Social Work Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
New York 335 5,345
Pennsylvania 327 2,496
New Jersey 280 2,087
District of Columbia 194 344
Delaware 171 77

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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