How important is Grad School when it comes to employment?

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CJSW in Freehold, New Jersey

64 months ago

I just graduated with my B.A. and I'm now interested in pursuing a degree a M.S.W. There are so many MSW programs out there that it seems impossible to figure out which one is best. I was originally considering just going to the local state school but then I came across University of Southern California's Social Work program. USC offers a concentration in Military Social Work, which is the career path I want to take ultimately. Their curriculum for the concentration as well as the field placements associated with it seem very impressive. Basically, it is my dream program. The only issue is the price tag it comes along with.
So my question is, how important is the MSW program one chooses in the long run? Will having a field placement with the V.A. and a subconcentration in Military Social Work help me get a position in the long run? Or am I better off just going the state school route and doing general placements? Do employers really care?

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