ATLANTA–The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree program at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies has been ranked No. 5 among the Top 25 Most Affordable Master’s in Social Work Programs by the online social work education and career resource, SocialWorkDegreeGuide.com.
The affordability ranking was developed by comparing the tuition and fees of the nation’s top 100 social work graduate programs as rated for quality by U.S. News and World Report. Costs for schools that made the guide’s top 25 ranking are well below the average cost for M.S.W. programs, according to the guide.
“This is excellent news,” said Mary Beth Walker, dean of the school. “The Andrew Young School is proud of this recognition of the value and high quality of our M.S.W. program. Our focus on building social work leaders and our field placements – most of which are in Atlanta, which is ripe with opportunities at a variety of social service agencies – offer our students benefits well beyond the cost of their degree.”
“It’s exciting to have our School of Social Work recognized not only for its affordability, but its quality as well,” said Professor Mindy Wertheimer, interim director for the school. “This quality is reflected in our faculty’s commitment to the school’s mission, the social work profession and our community; our instructional innovation; and faculty scholarship. And it comes alive in our students’ experiential learning outcomes and, ultimately, in their successes as practicing social workers.”
The M.S.W. program at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies fosters community leaders through its pairing of a professional degree in social work with community partnerships. It is the only social work program in Georgia to offer a sole concentration in community partnerships.
“Our unique concentration of community partnerships prepares our students to become social work leaders. They work with others in building community capacity and make positive impacts in diverse communities,” said Wertheimer. “Community partnerships help us meet our school’s mission to prepare students for social work leadership roles in the effort to solve the existing and developing challenges that confront communities and the people within these communities.”
For more information on the Andrew Young School’s M.S.W. program, go to http://msw.gsu.edu/.
Find the SocialWorkDegreeGuide.com rankings at www.socialworkdegreeguide.com.