etaktac Posted May 12, 2014 Share Posted May 12, 2014 Hi everybody, About me: I did my undergrad at an Ivy, graduate school in elementary education at the same Ivy. I left school before completing an MAT, thus forfeiting my scholarship. Am currently $56K in debt, mostly from grad program #1. I have acceptances for 3-year (just over half-time) MSW programs at BC, Bridgewater (MA) State, Salem (MA) State, and Simmons. I am deciding between Simmons and Salem (yes, Bridgewater is higher ranked, but I live north of Boston, and the commute is a concern). At Simmons, I'd do the clinical focus on Health and Aging. At Salem State, I'd be concentrating in Older Adults and End-of-Life care. After graduation, I'd hope to get a job at a hospital or a hospice, and later transition into private practice. The total cost of Simmons is $63,050, but I have been offered a $30K merit scholarship, so the total cost would be $33,050 - about $9500 the first year (3 6-credit semesters) about $17,000 the second year (10 credits fall, 11 credits spring, 6 credits summer), and about $6,400 in the third year (2 6-credit semesters). 65 credits at what ends up being $508/credit (full price is $970/credit). The total cost of Salem State is $22,816, based on 62 credits at $338/credit. I believe that it will be easier for me to continue working if I do the Salem State program - it's part time during the year with two full-time summers (for which I might be able to take short-term educational leave from my job) whereas at Simmons, only the first year is part-time. This definitely skews the numbers game a little bit towards Salem. I don't make very much money at my current job (in the neighborhood of $30K), but every little bit counts. As you might imagine, I'm reluctant to go into a whole lot more debt. This is why I've turned down BC, despite its being the #10 ranked MSW program in US News. Sigh. But Simmons is ranked #33, and Salem is ranked #104, and is the difference between $23K and $33K so huge, if $33K gets me better opportunities? I'd love to hear from students and alumni from both programs, and from people who hire MSW graduates. Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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