Azusa Pacific University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program earned a place in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools 2023 rankings. APU’s MSW program is positioned among the top programs in the nation, listed at No. 94. Other APU graduate programs, included in the Best Graduate Schools 2023 rankings, include:

Best Nursing Schools: Master’s (No. 118)

Physical Therapy (No. 137)

Best Fine Arts Programs (No. 171)

Clinical Psychology (No. 193)

“A nationally recognized top Christian university, APU is committed to the success of our diverse student body,” said Provost Rukshan Fernando, PhD. “APU alumni make a difference in the world, choosing to serve in professions that help others. APU’s acclaimed graduate programs, including our Master in Social Work program, equip our graduates to succeed in their field.”

APU's MSW program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of social work opportunities, and to gain the foundational skills necessary for effective social work practice upon graduation. The program includes full-time, part-time, and Advanced Standing options and focuses on developing skills through innovative classroom teaching and applied learning in a dynamic, community-based field internship.

“This ranking affirms the outstanding reputation of APU’s Master of Social Work program,” said Mary Rawlings, PhD, LCSW, chair and professor, Department of Social Work.“The quality of our students and graduates, and the expertise of our faculty, who engage in their communities and serve on professional councils and boards at the state and local level, increase the impact and reach of our program.”

U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate and doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to academics in each discipline. In total, U.S. News publishes nearly 200 different graduate rankings that cover all the largest fields of graduate study. For more information, visit

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical, Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 69 bachelor’s degrees, 47 master’s degrees, 18 certificates, 8 credentials, and 9 doctoral programs, the university offers its more than 8,000 students a quality education on campus, online, and at seven regional locations throughout Southern California.