The School of Social Work at The University of Alabama is ranked 44th among the nation’s top schools for a master’s of social work, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Graduate Schools” rankings for 2020. UA tied for the 44th spot along with six other universities.

UA’s School of Social Work master’s program advanced six places in this year’s rankings, moving up to 44th from 50th in the nation.

“This ranking is a well-deserved recognition of the hard work of our nationally and internationally ranked faculty, our outstanding students, our dedicated staff, and our supportive alumni and community partners, said Lesley Reid, interim dean of UA’s School of Social Work.  “Our MSW program incorporates community engaged research to address the needs of our state and we appreciate this national recognition.”

The U.S. News rankings of 262 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 3.2. Data were collected in fall 2018.

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