How We Rank

UA’s School of Social Work is dedicated to the success of our students and to pursuing excellence in social work education. Here are a few reasons why our students, faculty and staff take pride in our School and reputation for ensuring our graduates are well prepared to excel in the field.

Ranked 28th in the Nation - Best Grad Schools 2023 US News & World Report

7,000+ Alumni worldwide leading in policy, advocacy and research

300+ Field Agency Opportunities for BSW & MSW students


Learn about the School of Social Work's dynamic degree programs


UA School of Social Work Quick Facts

  • 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • College Choice, Best Social Work Masters12 social work student organizations 
  • 39 full-time faculty members
  • 33 full-time staff members
  • 191,450 hours of annual community service
  • $5.3 million in total endowments of which $2.8 million is in scholarship endowments
  • 687 students enrolled in the School
  • 75 percent of MSW students are distance learners
  • 30 percent of students are African American
  • 10.5 percent of students are male
  • Only university in Alabama offering three levels of social work education — BSW, MSW and Doctoral degrees (PhD and DSW)
  • Top 50 Best Master of Social Work Programs in the nation – College Choice
  • Top 50 Best Master of Social Work Programs for 2019 – TFE Times
  • Top 25 Best Online Master in Social Work – College Choice
  • Ranked 25th nationally for Affordable Online Master’s in Social Work –
  • Ranked 3rd among UA colleges and schools for research funding 

Research Institutes


Our BSW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Upon graduation students can pursue their license, and BSW students can receive advanced standing when they attend graduate school. Our PhD Program is affiliated with the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE) in Social Work.

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