Ask practical questions:
- Can I live here for the next 2 or 4 years?
- Is it affordable?
- Is the institution too big or too small?
- Does the program offer the specialization or concentration I want?
- Does the program appear to have a faculty and staff with whom I can work? Are there ample field placement opportunities in my area of interest?
The answers to such questions will affect your life more than the questionable long-term benefit of attending a well-known program. Furthermore, even if you hear that a particular program is well known or is highly rated, you may not necessarily find it to be a good fit for you. You can access CSWE’s online Member Program Directory to see a listing of accredited and in-candidacy master’s and baccalaureate social work programs.