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UA Social Work Master’s Program Advances 16 Spots in US News Ranking


The School of Social Work at The University of Alabama advanced 16 places in its ranking among the nation’s top graduate schools for social work, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Graduate Schools” list for 2023.

UA’s School of Social Work master’s program is now ranked 28th among peers nationally.

“This tremendous accomplishment is a testament to the dedication of our outstanding faculty and talented staff,” said Schnavia Hatcher, dean of UA’s School of Social Work. “The quality of our UA social work family, reflected in a sincere commitment to teaching, research and service, has a tangible presence in this improved ranking.”

The U.S. News rankings of 298 master of social work programs fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education are based on a survey of schools offering advanced social work curriculum and that allow students to take courses in social welfare policy, human behavior and ethics, balanced with hands-on experience in clinical settings.

Based on the survey of academics at peer institutions, each school was scored on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). UA’s School of Social Work scored 3.6.

For a full list of ranked schools, please visit U.S. News’  “Best Schools for Social Work” webpage.