The Catholic University of America has risen in the U.S. News & World Report 2018 listings for universities and graduate programs nationwide, earning the ranking of 120th out of 311 on the list of best universities across the country. The National Catholic School of Social Service was ranked 47th out of more than 220 social work programs in the county.
NCSSS has also ranked the top Catholic school of social work and the second Christian school of social work in the nation.
The Social Work Degree Guide, which ranked NCSSS the best Catholic school of social work in the nation, based its ranking on five factors: average tuition, return on investment, student-to-faculty ratio, accreditation, and religious coursework. The guide emphasizes small class sizes as one of the greatest strengths of social work programs.
According to the guide, NCSSS students have “an unparalleled learning experience.” NCSSS is highlighted for its student-to-faculty ratio of 7–1. All of the school’s programs require students to participate in for-credit field work in their areas of interest. Students are paired with a faculty member who serves as their field work and curriculum advisor.
US News & World Report recognized NCSSS for its balance between social welfare policy, human behavior, ethics, and hands-on experience in clinical settings.
A degree from Catholic University is a prestigious credential. The B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs, both accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, hold the standard for excellence high. The Ph.D. program, the third oldest in the nation and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, continues to produce social work scholars who further the development of the profession through research, knowledge-building, and leadership.
Social Work Education Rooted in Catholic Teaching
The National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University is among the most highly ranked social work schools in the nation, but what really sets it apart is its commitment to Catholic social teaching.