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Westfield State University’s social work programs ranked among best and most affordable by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2019
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Westfield – Westfield State University offers one of Massachusetts’ best bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for social work in 2019, according to The University’s bachelor’s degree in social work was also ranked among the most affordable nationwide for 2019, according to the same resource.

The rankings are based on a combination of manually researched tuition, CSWE accreditation and PayScale salary data. The rankings underscore the University’s commitment to accessibility, affordability and intentional outcomes.

Westfield State is sixth-ranked BSW program in Massachusetts in this year’s rankings, while its MSW program is listed eighth among the state’s institutions.

“Every day, social work alumni from Westfield make an important difference in the lives of people across Massachusetts and beyond,” said Nora Padykula, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Social Work. “The BSW and MSW degrees are versatile degrees giving students a wide array of job opportunities from working in the child welfare system, to schools, hospitals, jails and prisons, and more recently with sports teams to provide mental health services.”

Among the most affordable bachelor’s in social work CSWE-accredited colleges, Westfield State is #1 in New England and the twelfth most affordable in the U.S., with an annual tuition of $9,450.

Juline Mills, Ph.D., dean of the University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, believes that Westfield State’s social work programs provide excellent preparation for future employment. “The University’s BSW and MSW programs provide students with real world experiences prior to graduation,” said Dr. Mills. “Our community collaborations enable students to interact with numerous professionals, gaining critical knowledge and skills.”

Stephanie Sanchez, Ed.D., interim dean of the University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education, welcomes the recognition for its MSW program. “We are thrilled to be recognized for our high quality and affordable social work degrees,” said Dr. Sanchez. “The University is also deeply committed to providing our MSW program in flexible and accessible pathways including locations in Westfield and Worcester with hybrid courses. Students can choose to complete the program in two to four years.”

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public, co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information about Westfield State University, visit,, or


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