The Princeton Review has something called the “Gourman Report of Graduate Programs” and in it is included ratings of social work programs. The report itself factors in areas including funding, curriculum changes, research facilities and the over-all quality of the program or school. It is continuously updated and edited to reflect new data. Let’s see what they say for the top social work graduate programs.
The phrase after each school is the department itself. The number after that indicates the rating:
1 University of Chicago Social Service Admin 4.69
2 Columbia University Social Work 4.68
3 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Social Work 4.64
4 University of Wisconsin--Madison Social Work 4.62
5 University of Pennsylvania Social Policy & Prac. 4.58
6 Case Western Reserve University Social Work 4.55
7 Brandeis University Social Policy 4.52
8 University of Pittsburgh Social Work 4.49
9 Washington University Social Work 4.44
10 University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Social Work 4.42
I was pleased to see that University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is rated number 3 and that's what it was rated when I attended for the clinical social work degree program in the 80's. It was a very interesting program and I even did some studies in meditation.
There are many more programs available including online ones to accomodate your lifestyle so take this into account if you are looking to further your education and change work fields. You can often see the catalogs online for the graduate programs in social work and can read the pre-requisites and requirements to find the focus for the population that you wish to work with. The level of anger, stress and anxiety in our culture is quite high and doesn't seem to be alleviated by high tech gadgets designed to give us more time.