Who We Are
Social Work Degree Guide is a comprehensive online resource for students attending or planning to enroll in social work programs at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Our free, data-driven guides and rankings cover coursework and concentration subjects, tuition and fees, financial aid options, and other areas of student interest. We also offer profiles of different occupations within the social work field that discuss the defining aspects of these roles.
Editorial independence is our top priority. We believe readers need and deserve accurate, unbiased content to make crucial decisions about their education and careers. Our expert fact-finders curate information from a wide range of reputable sources. Their findings allow us to provide social work degree recommendations based on geographic location, personal finances, professional goals, and other individual factors.
How We Make Money
Social Work Degree Guide earns revenue by advertising certain educational programs for social work students. We may receive compensation from the schools providing these degrees when site visitors use our program search tool or interact with advertisements on our site.
We understand the importance of differentiating between advertisements and fact-based editorial content. For this reason, every advertisement is clearly labeled as an "ad" or "advertising disclosure." Additionally, our advertising agreements never influence our rankings or guides. We evaluate every college and university by using a complex, proprietary ranking methodology to ensure that our content is completely objective.
How We Maintain Editorial Independence
We evaluate every school based on dozens of factors that reflect educational quality and student commitment. Our criteria include student outcomes such as admission and graduation rates, tuition rates and fees, faculty reputation, and average course size. These assessments yield a final score for each institution, which we then use to generate the order of our program rankings.
Social Work Degree Guide contributors only curate data from reliable, objective sources. Our most-cited sources include the National Center for Education Statistics, the Common Data Set Initiative, and Peterson's. In addition to these standards for source material, our writers, editors, and fact-finders adhere to the following editorial guidelines:
- We never rank a school or program based on advertising agreements.
- Schools never receive preferential treatment for any reason. Every college and university undergoes the same rigorous assessment, and those with the highest scores receive spots in our rankings.
- Because we place such a high value on editorial independence and transparency, we continually evaluate our site for bias, accuracy, and recency. We also hold our contributors to the highest standards of journalistic integrity and balanced presentation of facts.
- For added quality assurance, we only consider colleges and universities with full and current accreditation at the regional or national level.
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